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Nerdlocker Reviews – Red Lanterns #1

Cubby – I have to start this by saying I’m not a Red Lantern fan. I love what Geoff Johns has done to the Green Lantern mythos, including all the different corps and so on, but I was never on board with the Red Lanterns. Personally, I more associate myself with the violet corps of love and the blue lanterns of hope. I don’t per-say hate the Red Lanterns; they’re one of the most intriguing villains, ’cause really they’re not villains. They essentially are revenge cops, making sure that justice comes swiftly and yet painfully for those being served. I can get behind that, but with only one dude who can harness his rage, it’s hard for me to get behind the rest of the corps. This book looks like it’s going to change my feelings all together. It opens with a quick review of what has happened before, what Atrocitus has been going through and trying to understand why his hatred has calmed down a bit. The other Red Lanterns sense this and it looks like a power struggle is coming, which is probably going to be one of the bloodiest comic battles ever. While I’m waiting anxiously for what happens next I really don’t see the longevity in this book, unless the Red Lanterns start to be bigger players. Overall I’ll give it 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

Jim – I will state this with every review I write for the DC Relaunch, I’m a Marvel guy so I know very little of the DC world beyond the heavy hitters (Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, etc.), and even to that end I have not kept up with their latest story lines. I found the recent relaunch extremely enticing in that I might find a better connection with these characters. I like the idea of the Red Lanterns. I have a t-shirt that says as much. I know very little about these characters, but found the quandary posed by Atrocitus to be very interesting. He has been consumed by his rage for as long as he can remember, but now that he has everything he ever wanted, what is he to do? And even better, it appears none of the other Red Lanterns care to let their rage abate. Will he be able to redirect that negative energy or will it naturally find a target in their old leader because their individuals goals are no longer one and the same? I find myself looking forward to issue two, so I would say mission accomplished, DC. I also have to put in a few points for the art by Ed Benes. I really enjoyed his style in capturing all the raw emotions. I give this book a solid 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

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1 Comment

  1. Jason

    September 28, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    I agree with ya, Cubby. The Red Lanterns make for nice cameos in the Green books but I just don’t see how they can hold their own comic. I also agree that this book is not going to last long. Characters are interesting when they fight being consumed by rage and hatred (see Hulk, Batman, Wolverine, Magneto etc). To have a character who desires to be fueled by it is interesting and new but I’m not sure how it’s going to work. Outside of this story showing vile and shocking crimes being avenged by vile and shocking demonic aliens, I’m not sure what it has to offer in the realm of story and character. Now if the young man who’s grandad was brutally murdered gets recruited as a Red Lantern, perhaps he could become the central character (especially if his brother continues to be his foil character).

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