Ryan Thomason

From the Comic Hold: Red Lanterns #14

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Yes, I did have to research just what the heck Red Lanterns were all about before reading. No, I still don’t get it in totality.

Red Lanterns #14
Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Miguel Sepulveda
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 28th, 2012

If there is one thing that I don’t get about all the different Lantern Corps with their assembled groupings are the various colors and what they represent to their group. I’m sure the Rainbow Lanterns have it best. My “comic book” phase of my life was really 2 years in 4th and 5th grade, and the last two years, as I turned 30 this year. DC Comics weren’t something I dove into beyond Batman and Superman. I’ve never found myself drawn to any of the Lanterns, even the various Green Lanterns. So when I decided to just give Red Lanterns a shot, without any real knowledge beyond a wiki search I found myself lost and confused. I read this issue twice and it seems the Red Lanterns are in some kind of fight for survival against some kind of entity that is creepy as hell looking. From what I could soak into my brain the Red Lanterns are basically really, really, mad. Their hearts burst out of their bodies in violent ways and generally disappear when they take on a Red Lantern Ring. So, these obviously aren’t the guys who’ll be saving cats out of tree for dear old granny.

Aside from being confused about what the hell Red Lanterns are all about and what is happening in this story I found myself jumping into at a weird point I will say that there are some things I really did like. One, this isn’t a good guy’s story, I love their point of view, I crave more of it. That’s got to say something about story telling when I don’t even know what the hell I’m walking into but in a single issue I already want to find a way to get Red Lanterns #1 – #13 so I can get up to speed. The artwork doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. I really loved the way everything looked, especially since I’ve been reading some comics that have great stories but I found the art lacking. Maybe I just have a thing for bad guys with big pointy teeth and a chick with bat wings on the side of her head. Damn did it all look nice though. It’s hard to lay any kind of big thumbs up or down based off a single comic that is in its 14th deep issue. I’ll say that I enjoyed it to the point where it made me regret that I’d been missing out and now am finding myself trying to collect everything previous to this issue. That I think speaks volumes.

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