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Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns Hardcover – July 7, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Has a cat that barfs blood so toxic it can catch anyone on fire while in the middle of space. For any fan of the Green Lantern series would definitely recommend.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
it's worth the time if you are following the Green Lantern story, but it ain't nearly as interesting as Sinestro Corps War.Published 17 days ago by Salvador E.
Bought this for my 13 year old son. He said he LOVED it! He loved the art and was captivated by the story.Published 6 months ago by eaz35173
I like the application of another lantern faction to this storyline - bringing the entire dimension of lanterns into the darkest night series was fantastic, and the addition of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jonathan K.
Awesome story line with awesome artwork! Great addition for any GL fan!Published 17 months ago by Bill B
Loved the story, not as good as the Sinestro Corps War but very entertaining and a good lead-in to Blackest NightPublished on July 22, 2014 by Marco Oropeza