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Red Lanterns #3 - Higher Consciousness Review

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Bleez visits her home world with Atrocitus after being given back her intelligence.

Atrocitus has chosen the next Red Lantern to have full intelligence, Bleez. How will this affect the Corps and what is the next plan?

The Good

Ed Benes is doing a great job on this series with the art. The opening page, with Bleez sinking in the liquids of Ysmault. Bleez has a great expression of terror mixed with rage on her face, and the details look stunning.

What's best about Benes' art on this issue is how he draws Atrocitus. There's a lot of great detail, especially within the face, and it always looks like he's deep in thought... and angry.

Aside from the awkwardly sexy cover, we delve into Bleez's history and find out what makes her so darned angry. Because of this, we get some great "fight" (more like murdering) scenes of Bleez taking out her aggression on some old "friends."

Bleez and Atrocitus are on thin ice with each other, and it's building a better, and more unstable group dynamic for this book. Bleez doesn't really want to follow the orders of Atrocitus, and Atrocitus really only has his own force to make her listen. We get to a point, in this book, where it seems like Atrocitus really doesn't lead anymore... He's merely a member of his own Corps.

The Bad

This issue felt long and tedious. It could have been summed up in half the time.

While we're slowly making our way to what the Red Lantern Corps will eventually become, we keep getting glimpses to a human on Earth. As a reader, you'll get to a point where you'll be screaming "MAKE HIM A RED LANTERN ALREADY!" It breaks the flow of the book completely.

I wish they'd get to a mission. Even though it's issue #3, I feel like we're stuck in this rebuilding mode, and frankly, I'm getting incredibly impatient. I want to see these guys fight, and not just each other.

The Verdict

This issue is straddling between a 3 and 4 for me. Ed Benes' art has been the driving force of this book, especially with the great splash pages he has. We get to know Bleez a little better in an interesting little flashback, and I like the dynamic between these two characters. However, this issue felt like it could have been half the length, and I'm getting impatient with where the book is supposedly going. Lastly, just make the human a Red Lantern already. All things said, I recommend this issue.

18 Comments
Posted by Adnan

Why is Bleeze smothering herself with ketchup, and where is it all coming from?

Posted by doordoor123

Issue one and two were huge disappointments to me. I'm glad that my suspicions with number three were confirmed.

Posted by Outside_85
@Adnan said:

Why is Bleeze smothering herself with ketchup, and where is it all coming from?

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Edited by Omertalvendetta

I personally liked this issue more than #1-2

Posted by Danial79

I'm really liking this series, which is worrying me because I feel it will be one of the ones that eventually gets cancelled as hardly anyone else seems to like it :(

Posted by Video_Martian

No offense, but this entire series is completely unnecessary.

Posted by YoggSaron

I might drop this series, which is sad because I want to like it. It's just moving a little too slow. Although it would be awesome to see a human Red Lantern who retains his intelligence.

Posted by Eyz

@mr.obvious said:

No offense, but this entire series is completely unnecessary.

Make instead a G'nort on-going already!

Posted by sueesidale

im enjoying the book , mainly for the art mind you ,and yes i love the cover

Posted by cobra88king8

I like this book, I'm just wondering how this new development will affect New Guardians. They can't just make her smart in the next issue but eventually they'll probably carry it over to that book

Posted by Rise2Ragnarok

I agree that it's moving a little slow, but I think I'm gonna stick with it for a little while longer. I sorta like Bleez as a character and am looking forward to more of her.

Posted by Mercy_

Dropped after the first issue. May pick up again with the next arc, but this series has failed in capturing my interest.

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Posted by inferiorego

@Eyz said:

@mr.obvious said:

No offense, but this entire series is completely unnecessary.

Make instead a G'nort on-going already!

Seconded... the G'Nort thing... and this series really isn't necessary

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Posted by KainScion

not even stocking girl can save this book.

Posted by jrock85

It stays on my pull list.

Posted by Video_Martian

@jrock85 said:

It stays on my pull list.

Why?

Posted by jrock85

@mr.obvious: Haven't seen anything yet that makes me want to drop it.

Posted by whenwewereyoung06

The comic is starting to pick up for me. Give this comic some hope because the red lanterns didn't much of a back story when Johns created them. He only had ideas for Atrocitus. But now we got the entire red corps to think about. I read what's to come with this series and i'm excited. The Earth red lantern looks awesome. Can't wait. And just having a Red Lantern comic is badass. So don't give up guys if ya'll reading it. Takes time to build something great.

Long Live the CORPS!!!!