Red Lanterns #1 Issue Title: With Blood and Rage Written by Peter Milligan Pencils by Ed Benes Inks by Ed Benes ME ANGRRYYYYY!!! Red Lanterns #1 is an oppressively dark, unyieldingly bleak, and unapologetically violent tale of the vengeful side of the Lantern Corp. If nothing else the creative team of Peter Milligan,Ed Benes, and Rob Hunter should be commended for the commitment and consistency of tone that permeates this ﬁrst issue. Red Lanterns #1 is plagued by mediocrity. There is nothing bad about the writing. The story is well paced and the action is done reasonably well but that can’t make up for the greatest fault of Red Lanterns. Its main character Atrocitus. He has a damaged tragic past that should serve to, if not endear at least, engage him with us. Instead, he bellows and screams though the panels without level or nuance turning him into a DC version of God of War protagonist Kratos. Red Lanterns #1ʻs art may be visceral and epic but it shares so much in common with the core Lantern book that I found it uninspiring. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Too much for a ﬁrst issue. The Red Lanterns as an entity are not explained, nor are the Green or Yellow but it feels like they are essential for enjoying the story. VERDICT Skip It – Violence and kinetic art can not make up for a story thats so loud and forceful you canʼt help but tune out to say yourself some pain. 2 Responses Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.