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Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns Hardcover – July 7, 2009

4.6 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
Book 6 of 8 in the Green Lantern Series

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About the Author

Geoff Johns has written Infinite Crisis, 52, Green Lantern, X-Men, The Avengers, Superman, and much more. Shane Davis is an American comic book artist, currently under exclusive contract for DC Comics. His artwork appears in the pages of Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman and many more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140122301X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401223014
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The Sinestro Corps War' pushed the 'Green Lantern' series to new heights and opened it up to a myriad of possibilities. After that, Geoff Johns began preluding the 'Blackest Night' event with story arcs that laid down the foundation for a climactic and epic War of Light. The story's complexity steadily increases as Johns builds on the concepts and premise of the comic, and the art is always top notch.

The notion behind the War of light, with its rainbow assortment of Lantern Corps, each powered by the emotional spectrum, chanting oaths and shining their rings across the galaxy, is admittedly a pretty silly one at its core. It takes a talented writer of Geoff Johns' caliber to transcend the series beyond the superhero genre and transform it into the compelling character-driven space opera, that it is.

The 'Green Lantern' series has a lot of spinning plates, and 'Rage of the Red Lanterns' is no exception. There's as much character-development as there is for the plot. I don't like to give away spoilers, so here's a vague summary of what to expect:

The Alpha Lanterns, an IA division of the GL's, the Atrocious's Red Lanterns, and Ganthet's and Sayd's new faction of Blue Lanterns are all revealed in this hardcover. Sinestro's role in the Blackest Night is foreshadowed to be detrimental to the universe's survival, and Hal Jordan proves to be an emotional roller coaster.

The Alpha Lanterns are a handful of supporting characters in the series transformed into machine-like and powerful agents who enforce the law within the Green Lantern Corps. They are only a small part in what is the slow unraveling of the Guardians' deep-seeded deception, hypocrisy and fascism.
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Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns collects Green Lantern issues #26-28, 36-38 and the Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns one-shot. For anyone wondering, issues #29-35 comprise Green Lantern: Secret Origin, as writer Geoff Johns essentially took a half-year break from the main story line to retool GL's origin (and throw in elements foreshadowing Rage of the Red Lanterns, so it's well worth the read).

The way these issues are collected actually works out better for first-time readers, as without the half-year gap the story flows more convincingly from the fallout of Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War, Vol. 1 into the current time frame. The first three issues deal with the formation of Lantern/Manhunter hybrids known as the Alpha Lanterns and the trial of a supporting cast member for war crimes related to murdering a Sinestro Corps soldier in cold blood. There's a certain creepiness to the Alpha Lanterns in their creation and their totalitarian status within the Corps, one which will play out over issues to come. There's also a fun bit as one Batman villain *almost* becomes a Sinestro Corps solider. Ah, the possibilities.

The universe hits the fan once the Red Lanterns start to appear, and this is essentially the starting point that puts the mythos on final steamroll mode into Blackest Night. Atrocitus and his Red Lanterns want vengeance on Sinestro, the Blue Lanterns appear to aide Hal's side, and the result is a violently colorful display of comic goodness.
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Wow. This book has a little bit of everything. Great writing from Geoff Johns, as usual, and great artwork. The story picks up where 'The Sinestro Corps War' left off and introduces the Alpha Lanterns. A kind of Internal Affairs division of the Green Lantern Corps. With GLs now having the ability to use deadly force through their rings, the Alpha Lanterns were created to investigate cases where deadly force has been used.
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The villain Atrocitus who was last seen in 'Green Lantern:Secret Origin' has freed himself from his exile and has somehow managed to channel the rage that victims of Sinestro are feeling by manifesting it into the Red Lanterns, who feed on flesh and blood and live for their hate and rage. Sinestro has been tried and convicted of mass murder and awaits his execution on a death row. When it is time to be transferred to his execution site a battle breaks ouit between rogue Sinestro Corps members and the GLs charged with the task of transporting Sinestro. During this fight the Red Lanterns make their appearance and everything goes to hell. They capture Sinestro and take him to his home world and crucify him. Hal Jordan is helpless to stop the Red Lanterns as he has been swooped away by the Blue Lanterns( I'm not kidding), a new force started by Ganthet, one of The Guardians Of The Universe. These Blue Lanterns are supposed to be the embodiment of 'hope' and the story gets kind of convoluted from this point on.
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This book is part of a larger story which will continue into the mega-event 'Blackest Night'. I don't know exactly where I come down on all these different color coded Lantern groups. It's kind of cool but also a bit much. All in all, if you've been following Green Lantern for some time, you'll be able to follow this story and get into it. If not, you'll be scratching your head saying wtf?
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