By: Matthew Rapier
With the recent cancellation of some titles in the new 52 I am really surprised Red Lanterns isn’t on that list of ones to get the axe. I was certain it would be a great addition to the Lantern family of books, an entire series dedicated to the corps of rage holds great potential for interesting stories. The first issue started out well, but it has been going downhill fast since then. I’ve even dropped the comic of my monthly list and have been basically borrowing the issues just to finish the review of this first story arc.
There has been very little progression where many of the other relaunched titles have stayed at a strong pace. Atrocitus is again talking to the deceased body of Krona, confessing all his woes about Bleez gaining the ability to think on her own and possibly taking over the corps. Ratchet and Skallox both get origin stories in a sense, about two or three pages each, while the round-bodied Zilius Zox was left out of having his beginnings told. I don’t see much point in showing this anyway because we are led to believe by the issues end that Atrocitus has drowned them all in the blood lake in favor of finding new members for his corps.
In-between all this nonsense, Atrocitus flies off to Earth from a sniff of rage in the air and kills a farmer who left his wife and kids to fend for themselves. We get a short quibble from the brothers that have been showcased throughout this first arc and I’m sure one of these two fellows will become a new member of the Red Lantern Corps. When Atrocitus returns to Ysmault he finds the body of Krona missing while slowly saying each word progressively louder.
The only word I can think of to describe this book is disappointment. It could be my own fault for expecting more out of a book centered on rage, but I feel like things can be explored a lot better than what we’ve been shown so far. I know Peter Milligan has the writing chops, his work on Justice League Dark is fantastic, so I don’t know if it’s the material he’s been given or if the focus of his attention is on the other title. The art has been decently consistent though still not that impressive from Ed Benes. He isn’t a bad artist either, but he’s not showing up like he should on this book. It honestly feels like Rob Liefeld is writing and handling art duties on this book, which is a terrible comparison to be associated with.
Overall Grade: 4/10