The original Red Lanterns are out for blood! Will it mean the end of Atrocitus’ corps?
Red Lanterns #8
Abysmus, Atrocitus’ original attempt at making a Red Lantern Corps is on a mission. One that will forever contaminate the Red Power Battery. Meanwhile, Jack Moore, aka the Red Lantern known as Rankorr, seems to have managed to control the rage and think freely without being blinded by anger. When the other Red Lanterns mistake him for the enemy after some of them start getting sick from the contamination, they turn on Jack who defends himself with a giantic rage monster that spewed out of his ring. Meanwhile, Atrocitus and Dex-Star travel to the central power battery to discover it destroyed beyond repair.
This issue feels as though the series might finally be continuing on the right path. Before, I had worried the series would take a step in the right direction, then take a few steps backwards ultimately killing any forward progression the series so desperately needed. Now, it seems to be finally coming together. Jack is being described as a “new kind” of Red Lantern making his involvement in the book possibly more important that we had seen earlier.
I said it before, and I think it should repeated, but Abysmus and his failed lab experiment brothers are what this series needed. They bring with them a real feeling of something for Atrocitus and the Red Lanterns to do. They can unite a group who are barely co-existing. It’s fairly clear the Red Lanterns are going to learn that Abysmus is up to no good when they start feeling the effects of the central battery being down, but hopefully we don’t have to endure even more issues of in-fighting and treachery and paranoia to actually get this group to find some sort of common ground so this book can finally have a clear voice.
This marks the first issue for pencillers Andres Guinaldo and Jorge Jimenez. Overall, they do a pretty good job at keeping up the look of the series. Together they seem to have some fun with the book and the different types of characters running about in it. Even though I did like Ed Benes’ work on the title, I’m curious to see what this duo has in store.
What’s interesting is that while this is my least favorite of all the Green Lantern titles in the New 52, this one is by far the least of a chore to read. It’s not wowing me, but it’s far easier to read than the other GL books.
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|Still digging the original Red Lanterns. They look cool and give something the stars can actually do with their book.||Still waiting for something to wow me.|
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