Red Lanterns #2

Red Lanterns #2

Writer: Peter Milligan Artist: Ed Benes Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 5, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 4
6.7Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

On a war-torn world where invading forces fight insurgent forces, the innocent always suffer the most. When a child screams with red-hot rage at the madness around her, she is answered by her weapon of retribution: Atrocitus.

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 6, 2011

    While the opening issue of Red Lanterns didn't knock my socks off, it got me back out into the cosmic universe of the DC Comics mythology and it did it without using the usual Green Lanterns and other characters familiar to me. While I would have preferred a Darkstars series since I loved the last one they had in the 90′s, Peter Milligan and Ed Benes do a great job here of slowly personalizing Atrocitus more and building up what it is that he's going to want the Red Lanterns to do. With it at the moment at least keeping away from other parts of the known universe, it gets to operate on its own and that is a huge, huge appeal. I love the look of it, I'm thoroughly enjoying the writing and the characters have a lot of room for exploration, even if Milligan does engage in a bit of preaching when it comes to the Ghan IX situation here. Good stuff and definitely a same-day purchase again for me next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Oct 5, 2011

    This installment would have been a better choice for the first issue because it shows Atrocitus actively pursuing his agenda instead of standing around thinking about it. Milligan makes an engaging, introspective story by turning the gruesome Atrocitus into equal parts badass and philosopher. Does rage simply beget more rage? How is one rage more worthy than another? I don't know, but Milligan has me wanting to find out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Oct 9, 2011

    Ed Benes is just right for this series. Another artist would have made this series crawl to a halt, not because they arent good, but because their art would not be action-based. Milligans script is very wordy. Benes facial expressions have also improved over his previous series. I cant wait to see where he grows next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Oct 5, 2011

    The Red Lanterns finally seem to be coming a bit more into their own. There's a definite separation from the other Corps, and they have a sense of purpose. It's a great one-shot story that ultimately will set the tone for the rest of the series. The "reveal" at the end will completely change the dynamic of the Corps and give it a bit more personality. Ed Benes art on this issue is fantastic, especially when he does splash pages. My only complaint was that there was no Dex-Starr in this issue. I'm still a little leery with how this book will do in the long run, but for now, I've really enjoyed both issues. I recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Oct 7, 2011

    Atrocitus has purpose but still lacks direction. He will need to look deep inside himself to see if he can endure the consequences of raising up one of the Red Lanterns to his level. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Oct 7, 2011

    This is a solid second issue that will bring readers back for issue three. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Oct 7, 2011

    I'm still sticking with this title and hoping that the plot jumpstarts next month.  While I'm all for character exploration and deep thought, I want to put the book down after reading it and felt like something happened in the span of those twenty or so pages.  And I don't get that with Red Lanterns #2 despite enjoying digging below the visible surface layer of Atrocitus and the complex issue of rage.  In the end the good art and so-so story telling makes this a three lantern issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Tim Vinton Oct 14, 2011

    Despite a disappointing lack of progression, this second entry is a more interesting read than the previous issue and a hopeful start for the series. Ed Benes's art is really well done, especially at portraying the Red Lanterns' most important component: violence. We're off to a start that is fairly by the numbers, but if anyone can throw us a few cerebral curve balls, I'd like to think it's Milligan. Honestly though, Red Lanterns looks like it might be an entertainingseries,if for no other reason than it beingfun to laugh athow seriously it takes itself, despite being incredibly silly. Just give me more Dex-Starr and I'll be happy. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Oct 6, 2011

    All in all, this issue didn't raise my excitement level. I wish it had, though. I just feel this is a little too formulaic and left us hitting the exact same beats as issue #1. I want issue #3 to finally take off and send us somewhere else other than what we've seen. I want to see the Red Lanterns in action against a truly galactic-sized threat that fosters hatred and pain. I think I just want to see action. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Oct 5, 2011

    "Red Lanterns" appears to have a distinct destination in mind, but both Milligan and Benes need to step up the excitement or no one's going to be around long enough to see where this is going. The idea of a "Red Lanterns" book is a tough enough sell as is; this book needs to hit the ground running instead of plod forward one step at a time. Milligan's equally slow-paced "Infinity Inc." from a few years ago died a quick death, and it's hard to keep from feeling like this is on the same course right now. Read Full Review

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