Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Miguel Sepulveda
On the planet Arhtyky the warlord Cord destroys the population and takes the women as trophies and slaves. One such slave, Taya, escapes her imprisonment only be tracked down by Cord. While he kills the kind woman who gave her shelter, Taya’s rage against Cord draws Atrocitus and his Red Lanterns to Arhtyky to serve up some rage-fueled justice. While dishing out some Red Lantern style butt kicking’s the Guardians’ Third Army strikes.
I’ve been on a Red Lantern hiatus since issue #4, but with the Rise of the Third Army crossover event I decided to jump back on board. About two thirds of the way in I was not that impressed. One of the reasons I put the book down was that every issue was starting to play out the same. Some poor defenseless soul on some planet being victimized while Atrocitus observes from afar, only to have him swoop in some point to serve up some rage fueled vomit on those who commit these heinous acts. I liked the premise of the book with Atrocitus sitting in judgment of those who would look to oppress others through cruelty and murder. I was half expecting Atrocitus and his Red Lanterns to serve as mere villains in the Green Lantern Universe, so the whole idea of Atrocitus serving as a protector of the weak was a great twist. I also liked how his actions often blurred the lines between justice and straight up vengeance. Sadly though the book was slowly paced and not very interesting so I gave up.
This issue started off as more of the same, then the Third Army showed up and everything changed. Instantly we were given some great action and an enemy actually worth of a fight with the Red Lantern Corp. One thing I really liked about the battle was that it wasn’t just all action; sometimes I forget that Atrocitus was once a scientist and one really smart dude. He doesn’t just try and fight the Third Army; he analyzes them, breaking them down for weaknesses and tactics. I loved how he realized that they look to attack the ring-bearing arm, separating it from the wielder and then look to overcome them. Thanks to Rankorr’s observation Atrocitus is able to find a way to destroy them. Let’s just hope that they can spread the word to other corps before it’s too late.
The art here is decent. Another reason I put this book down was because the art didn’t really do much for me. It’s never been downright horrible, but it’s never been that great either. This issue proves to be more of the same art wise. I look for panels that wow me and Red Lanterns has always under delivered in that aspect. The faces of the characters have never been all that great either. I find them to be a bit a murky. I know this book is mostly about alien characters, but their expressions always seem to bland and never really sell the emotions the script is supposed to be conveying. Rage filled Lanterns that don’t look very rage filled is kind of a turn off for me.
Overall this issue was just a level under okay. It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever read, but I just can’t justify dropping that $2.99 once a month when there are so many other great books out there. I think that spot on my pull list would be better filled with another title.
2.5 out of 5 nerds