In Review: Red Lanterns #34

An outstanding conclusion to an outstanding storyline.

The cover: The setting is the homeworld of the Red Lanterns, Ysmault. The red power battery has been destroyed, several members of the corps float in the red pool that feeds them, and only their leader, Guy Gardner, is still able to fight. Power flares up on his ring hand and his eyes are glowing in power. Perfect imagry from artist Stephen Segovia and colorist Gabe Eltaeb. This is just the right cover for the final battle between the Lanterns and their original leader Atrocitus. The subtitle “Only One Will Survive!” matches this work wonderfully. Overall grade: A

The story: The final chapter of the Atrocities saga, “Redsend,” by Charles Soule takes place immediately after the events of Red Lanterns Annual #1. Our heroes are on Earth, overwhelmed by the numbers of newly made Red Lanterns by Atrocitus who are tearing up everything and everyone in their way. Guy asks for Kara to give them a way to escape, she does, and they do, but the former leader of this group and his loyal cat sidekick know exactly where they are going. On Styge Prime, in Sector 718, Skallox and Shadow Thief see the remains of what was Atrocitus’ former blood pool which he’s used up. Rankorr shows up and each bring the other up to speed with what’s happened to them. Guy contacts Skallox to let him know that he and Bleez are going to Ysmault with the bad guys in close pursuit. He asks him and Rankorr to stay out of the way because he doesn’t expect to survive. On that planet the pair arrive and Guy attempts to get Bleez to leave. Soule makes this a truly epic fight. There is a shocking death on 7 that will surprise long time fans. How each character is taken out by another is the stuff of Lantern legend, and all of these battles will be talked about for a long, long time. The final showdown between Guy and Atrocitus was better than I could have hoped for, with, once again, a sweet twist. The last two panels on Page 19 surprised me, and gave me a bit of disappointment because I didn’t want that to end, but the final page gives me hope. Perhaps it’s time for Saint Walker to make an appearance? Excellent story with an excellent conclusion. Overall grade: A+

The art: I love the look of this book by Alessandro Vitti and J. Calafiore. The characters look incredible. Guy has never looked better. He looks like he could go a million rounds with Superman and beat him down. Skallox is creepy, Kara beautiful, Bleez is also beautiful with that sick and twisted edge to her, Dex-starr purrfectly evil, and the final four pages of the battle brilliant. Also looking great is the page where Shadow Thief cuts loose–Wow! I sure hope she remains with this team. This book looks amazing and I refuse to go into details for fear of spoiling the visuals. It looks better than good–this is great! Overall grade: A+

The colors: A treasure on this book, and all that he does, is Gabe Eltaeb. The details he puts into the coloring match the detail of the art. Nothing is a simple red; there are shades of red that show strength, proximity, and emotion. I also love that when the power red goes into overdrive it becomes almost white. This is a terrific way to show the ultimate power of the rings. The sick yellow sky of Ysmault is an amazing canvas for this ultimate battle to take place. And evil little Dex-starr stands out with his cool blue fur. Eltaeb is brilliant. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Scene settings, dialogue, opening credits, screams, ring transmissions, Dex-starr speak, and sounds are delivered with expertise by Dave Sharpe. His skills make this book beautiful to read. Overall grade: A+

The final line: An outstanding conclusion to an outstanding storyline. The Red Lanterns have knocked it out of the park with this finale. Overall grade: A+

 

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics at TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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