Thursday, October 6, 2011

Red Lanterns #2 - Review


On a planet with harsh invaders, in a war they shouldn't be involved in, two soldiers make a dire mistake and take a young girl's family from her. Atrocitus finds purpose in his rage as a Red Lantern again, and decides to intervene on the girl's behalf. But how can rage and killing stop injustice in the universe? Atrocitus has a tough decision to make. A decision that could put his life in jeopardy.

Written by Peter Milligan and penciled by Ed Benes, Red Lanterns #2 was very similar to the first issue. In fact, it was nearly the same setup as the first one. Atrocitus is standing over the body of Krona while supposedly flashing back to an event where a family is killed in front of a lone survivor. I can understand what Milligan is leading up to, but it's so slow burning and repetitive that it's getting old quick. I feel like this issue should have been skipped and the decision to increase the intelligence of other Red Lanterns should have been done now instead of later.

The art was pretty good. Nothing fantastic. It is a bit of a downside that Red Lanterns can't really create constructs as much as Green Lanterns do, but we still haven't gotten any great Red Lantern scenes where they're really utilizing their powers.

I'm on board with this series because I think Atrocitus is a really cool character, but I'm not sold on this story so far. I'm going to give this one a 3/5 for being interesting, but it's basically the same issue as the first.

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