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Red Lanterns #30 - Judgement Day, Part 1 of 3 Review

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Guy Gardner must prioritize recruitment over rescue as another Red Lantern emerges. Amidst that, Kara finds a friend.

The Good

Kara Zor-El is actually settling in perfectly with the Red Lanterns. Not only has she proven herself an unstoppable asset of battle, but she seems to have found a kindred spirit in Bleez. Meanwhile Skallox’s loyalties falter, but Zox’s actually calcify and we’re introduced to the newest Red that a ring finds it’s way to, and her story is the most interesting yet. Charles Soule keeps things breezy and character-driven, but introduces us to a society whose system of justice is so corrupt, that even the highest-level enforcers are for sale to the highest bidder and willing to gun down those that judge the rules. This injustice, on top of all the others, triggers rage enough for a red ring to find this denizen, but also attract the attention of another. Someone whose confrontation has been brewing since Soule took over the series. While this issue lets all the Reds shine, it’s definitely still Kara’s as she has moments that not only do a great job establishing her reticence at her new role, but actually make her look legitimately cool for the first time in a VERY long time. Meanwhile, there’s dissention in the ranks, there’s a great spin on racing for new allies to get them on your side first (think early season Beast Wars), but the book still has a strong core focus on finding one’s place in the galaxy.

Alessandro Vitti returns for the most of the linework, but for six pages he’s accompanied by J. Calafiore, who’s done pages with Vitti for this title in the past. Both do very well, generally, their styles are similar enough that the transition from one to the next isn’t terribly jarring, and Calafiore sticks with one setting in particular, making the shift even smoother. Vitti’s linework is sharp and striking, evoking the characters’ simmering rage in every panel. The characters always look tense, even the ones that have regained their sanity. Calafiore’s vicious turns are appropriately kinetic and very satisfying to read. Gabe Eltaeb holds sway over all the colors in the issue and does his usual amazing job, his palette communicating the perfect tone of bright-yet-sincere and chaotic without being confusing.

The Bad

Calafiore occasionally falters, his character’s faces looking flat and lacking emotion. This may be an intentional choice based on other traits of them, but the rest of their body language has its own passion that makes this unlikely. This marks the beginning of a brief crossover with Supergirl (meaning part 2 takes place in the pages of Supergirl, not just the character appearing here), which is somewhat disappointing. I think both titles are doing their own thing and having them depend on one another doesn’t feel necessary.

The Verdict

We’re almost a year later, and I still can’t believe that one of my absolute favorite books on the shelf is not only Red Lanterns, but it stars Guy Gardner. This book has been on such an upswing and with the new idea of the racing for the new Red Lanterns now becoming the book’s central focus, I only see even better things from here. That’s a solid idea with longterm legs, and with Supergirl along for the ride, it only sounds better.

23 Comments
Posted by brinkthemoviemyfavoritemovie

So Supergirl is in JLU as herself now, but she's also a Red Lantern? How does that work?

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

Man this book was headed for a crash landing, then Guy Gardner of all people steps in and saves it. I think DC should do more of that with the Lanterns, make Simon a yellow lantern, John an indigo lantern, and if Kyle eventually stops being the white lantern then make him a blue. I think if DC did that then their lantern books would be selling even better then they already do.

Posted by Primebonnick

So Supergirl is in JLU as herself now, but she's also a Red Lantern? How does that work?

i ask the same thing maybe JLU takes place after she leaves because thats all i got remember it is kinda difficult to keep up with continuity in comics any way.

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

@brinkthemoviemyfavoritemovie: I'm sure the author will leave a little note explaining it. Still, it does fell really weird, having these two differently established Supergirls. Although at the same time I am happy that shes in the JLU, so I have some mixed feelings about it.

Posted by dondave
Posted by Ando123

THis is my favorit DC book :)

Posted by TheMagicStik

Omfg I love this book.

Edited by timelord

This was fantastic a bit more serious than the last issues have been but that's due to the imment through down with Artoicus.

Kara is great here she fits in with The Reds like a glove I loved the panel with her and she said "You Called" the confidence just lept off the page.

To bad her time as a Red won't be permanent but Justice Leauge United looks to be another fantastic book so that is fine by me.

Posted by darkwingdan

#5StarMustache

Posted by Knightfall225

best DC corps book out right now. i think DC should keep Guy Gardner as a red lantern because it makes him far more interesting and makes him likeable. this book his put Guy in my top 10 fav superheroes

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

@brinkthemoviemyfavoritemovie said:

So Supergirl is in JLU as herself now, but she's also a Red Lantern? How does that work?

i ask the same thing maybe JLU takes place after she leaves because thats all i got remember it is kinda difficult to keep up with continuity in comics any way.

I don't like that either. Instead of Supergirl, Simon Baz should have been a member of JLU. DC is screwing him over!!!!1

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Posted by timelord

@primebonnick said:

@brinkthemoviemyfavoritemovie said:

So Supergirl is in JLU as herself now, but she's also a Red Lantern? How does that work?

i ask the same thing maybe JLU takes place after she leaves because thats all i got remember it is kinda difficult to keep up with continuity in comics any way.

I don't like that either. Instead of Supergirl, Simon Baz should have been a member of JLU. DC is screwing him over!!!!1

This group have more of a Galactic focus Bazz wouldn't work here as he can't leave earth.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

@timelord said:

@madeinbangladesh said:

@primebonnick said:

@brinkthemoviemyfavoritemovie said:

So Supergirl is in JLU as herself now, but she's also a Red Lantern? How does that work?

i ask the same thing maybe JLU takes place after she leaves because thats all i got remember it is kinda difficult to keep up with continuity in comics any way.

I don't like that either. Instead of Supergirl, Simon Baz should have been a member of JLU. DC is screwing him over!!!!1

This group have more of a Galactic focus Bazz wouldn't work here as he can't leave earth.

Baz? Can't leave earth? Didn't know

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Posted by timelord

@madeinbangladesh: The deal Hal made with Guy. Guy and his Reds have control of Earth and Sector 2814 no Greens are aloud except Bazz how ever he can't leave Earth.

Edited by CantDance93

I like how Soule made Atrocitus more of a villain in this, in Milligan's run Atrocitus felt more of a good guy, glad to see Atrocitus striking fear into peoples hearts again.

Edited by Mezmero

Looks like the five star mustache has evolved into a five star goatee stache. Still digging this book though the whole Supergirl in JLU thing is rather disconcerting. The newest Red Lantern seems pretty cool. It's almost like some sort of lich or magus with a red ring. It also features misleading cover art though that seems to be a thing with DC books nowadays.

Posted by Superbat420

@captainmarvel4ever: that's a good idea, I say they leave Kyle white though, I like it, its different. And I defiantly don't think Simon should be yellow, he should be a blue lantern.

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

@superbat420: Well he is feared by people, and him using a Yellow ring (as a good gut) would be an interesting way to explore his character.

Posted by DatHomieSilverSurfer

@captainmarvel4ever:

considering he is of middle eastern descent, I feel like the idea of him using a ring powered by fear "terror" would be a good idea. haha but I would love to see him wielding a different colored ring, for sure.

Awesome issue, btw. I've dropped every other Lantern Book. Guy is the $hit

Posted by CommanderShiro

Man Red Lanterns has been great since Soule took over. I'm loving it

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

@dathomiesilversurfer: I don't want him to use the ring because it associates him with power, I think he should use it because he is feared and using a yellow ring would be a great way to explore what that means, and give him good character development.

Posted by mak13131313

I finally read this issue and, it was awesome!