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Rage Of The Red Lanterns

1/04/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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Green Lantern: Rage Of The Red Lanterns by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Mike McKone and Shane Davis. pub: DC Comics. 144 page graphic novel softcover. Price: $14.99 (US), $17.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4012-2302-1.

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I didn’t realise until I received ‘Rage Of The Red Lanterns’, than this was the prelude to ‘Blackest Night’, revealing the sudden development of the other ring corps. Some of whom have been lying in wait for such a time and some, like the Blue Lanterns, there over night with little explanation for what is behind them. Unlike the Green Lantern Corps, there doesn’t appear to a team of ruling class Guardians to supervise their main batteries. Well, except for the Blue Lanterns, where two of the Oa Guardians hold sway and an odd quirk of fate in that they need to be near a Green Lantern to have any power.

Speaking of whom, the Guardians here have changed the protocols to allow their Green Lanterns the ability to kill the Sinestro Yellow Lanterns if they have to in a fight to even the odds and have now extended it to all enemies of the Corps, much to the surprise of their people, despite many of them having been already killed. They have also instigated an Alpha Lantern Corps giving selected members unlimited power and to police the Corps itself. This doesn’t come at a time too soon when Laira kills the surrendering Sinestro Corps member Amon Sur, Abin Sur’s son, and is stripped of her power ring for his murder and is to be returned to her home planet. Her rage makes her ideal to become a recipient of a Red Lantern ring.

As to Sinestro himself, he is due to be executed on his home planet and the Lantern escort taking him there has its own problems. The Blue Lantern Guardians try to convince Hal Jordan that Sinestro has to be saved seeing a bigger need for the renegade which brings things into context for the ‘Blackest Night’ that is to come.

I found this volume a lot more useful than ‘Tales Of The Lantern Corps’ but it works out from the strength of not putting any Lantern Corps in isolation but in how they blend together, indeed even more scarily draw members from different Corps. Must be something in their blood as to what makes them suitable for different power rings. The Green Lanterns not only seem to have the ability to conquer their own fears and have the will power to drive their power rings but also have some extreme emotions. If you haven’t picked up the other ‘Blackest Night’ graphic novels that I reviewed over the past few couple months yet then ensure you get and read this one first and don’t forget to recite your oath and wonder how long is twenty-four hours on the different home-worlds out there for when the Green Lanterns have to re-charge their power rings.

GF Willmetts

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