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Red Lanterns #20 - A Death Long Coming… Review

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It's the conclusion of Peter Milligan's run! Picking up after the final battle with the First Lantern, Atrocitus finally feels... peace

*GREEN LANTERN #20 is required reading for this issue*

The Good

Once again, RED LANTERNS is a series which thrives on its spectacular visuals. The dialogue may feel slightly unnatural at times and the plot might not reel you in, but it's a reading experience that's sure to please your eyes. Will Conrad and Rain Beredo do outstanding work with the angry ring wielders and make the Five Inversions look especially great. Atrocitus appears particularly fearsome at times and Conrad's work reminds me of Mike Deodato Jr's... and that's absolutely a good thing.

As for the story... well, Peter Milligan's last chapter is all about giving Atrocitus closure and Rankorr does a bit of soul searching. The leader of the Red Lantern's has the moment he's been waiting for, and while it looks stellar and does move the character forward, I can't help but feel as though it wasn't as gripping as it should have been. Rankorr's encounter, on the other hand, was slightly more engaging and was definitely a fitting way for Milligan to wrap up his time with the character.

The Bad

With so many grand events going on in the world of Lanterns today (the primary one costing a hefty $7.99, too), this issue just doesn't live up to the massive scope its peers have created. NEW GUARDIANS does a great job wrapping up the aftermath of 'Wrath of the First Lantern' with its key character (Kyle Rayner), but this book instead aims to deliver on a moment we've all been waiting for, and unfortunately, it comes off somewhat rushed and is bogged down by the other events going on in the book. It almost feels like this is Rankorr's story and Atrocitus is the one with the side plot. I feel like that's cheating Atrocitus and, just like many others out there, he's the primary reason many of us are reading this title.

According to DC's page, this issue has a back up story , however, my digital copy from ComiXology has no such thing (unless they're just talking about the generic Channel 52 thing we get in every issue?). I was really hoping Milligan would so something to tease the book's future, but instead that moment is in GREEN LANTERN #20, and sadly, that single page had me more excited for the Red Lanterns' path than this entire issue did.

The Verdict

Peter Milligan's final issue basically feels like he wanted to leave a clean slate for upcoming series writer Charles Soule. New character created in the series aside (Rankorr), I have a strong feeling you could go into issue #21 without having read a single issue of Milligan's run, and odds are it'll serve as a great jumping on point. If you're super passionate about Atrocitus, then yes, you should read this just to have all of the facts on the character. But for everyone else who has felt letdown with this series, I'd say you can definitely skip on this and then give the new creative team an honest chance. If I could give half stars, this would be a 2.5. But, seeing as I can't, I think the solid art warrants a boost to 3.

13 Comments
Posted by The Human Stain

Oh man. Red Lanterns...the book I wanted to read but dropped at issue 5. Maybe I'll give 21 a shot.

Posted by Saren

There was supposed to be a backup where Dex-Starr flew to Earth to get revenge on Midnighter, but all that went out the window after Starlin's Stormwatch reboot. That might be the backup mentioned on DC's page. It was mentioned in a few solicits too, but I guess it just became impossible to tell because of future developments so they scrapped it.

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Posted by k4tzm4n

There was supposed to be a backup where Dex-Starr flew to Earth to get revenge on Midnighter, but all that went out the window after Starlin's Stormwatch reboot. That might be the backup mentioned on DC's page. It was mentioned in a few solicits too, but I guess it just became impossible to tell because of future developments so they scrapped it.

Thank you.

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Edited by ptigrusmagus

Why did the Stormwatch reboot rule out Dex-Starrs backup? I like that angry little guy.

Edited by millennium

@the_human_stain: same here i wonted to like this book but i just couldnt agree with making atrocitus the main character and not rankorr who will get buried even more with intro of guy gardner to the series in next months issuse

Posted by lifeboy

"Angry ring weilders" LOL!

Posted by Saren

Why did the Stormwatch reboot rule out Dex-Starrs backup? I like that angry little guy.

That version of Midnighter and everything he did, including punching Dex-Starr, was erased from existence by the Kollective.

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Edited by MadeinBangladesh

Some of the good DC books for getting cancelled and this still holds up. Why are people buying this?

Edited by ptigrusmagus

@ptigrusmagus said:

Why did the Stormwatch reboot rule out Dex-Starrs backup? I like that angry little guy.

That version of Midnighter and everything he did, including punching Dex-Starr, was erased from existence by the Kollective.

Oic thanks, maybe I should check that out, love cosmic.

Posted by ScumDestroy

Book is OK but the art is absolutely killing it. Really wish that Atrocitus would wear that guardian's skin as a helmet or something. Anyone else imagine Skallox's voice like skeletor's? especially when he is quivering on his knees. keeping my fingers crossed for a guy gardner/bleez sex scene.

Posted by Hanson724
Posted by Hanson724
Edited by mavfan626

I dropped Red Lanterns around issue 10.. I'll have to pick it back up again..