Atrocitus gets his mojo back while the Reds lose one of their own.
|Soule finds creative ways to interject humor without undermining his characters|
Balancing out the lighter tone is a tragic element and we get some real strong characterization as Ratchet meets his demise. I initially thought that the panel with Ratchet talking to his ring in issue #25 was a residual connection to the Inversions but Soule does something far more clever by using Peter Milligan’s back story for Ratchet and realizing that the Red Lantern Corps was the answer to his rage. Just as Atrocitus lost his connection to his rage after the death of the Guardians, Ratchet found in his Corps the companionship that he sorely needed but was not allowed by his own society. Ratchet gets a wonderfully touching send off and illustrates the promise that this series has always had. And we already know where that power ring is going!
Dex-Starr and Atrocitus, on the other hand, get little page time which I think is a good thing, especially when what time they do get finally puts Atrocitus back in line with the strengths of the character. The big bad Red Lantern is back and I’m looking forward to the reunion he’s going to have with his former followers. What I think will be most interesting is how the Red Lanterns will react given that Guy has really done a much better job of leading them in the short time he’s been in charge and I can see how some of them might be more inclined to back Gardner in a fight for control.
|Finally Atrocitus gets his groove back|
Zilius Zox proves once again to be a great character when written well and he’s another example of how Soule is deftly able to balance the sinister nature of the character with the buffoon nature he tends to exhibit. In the end Zox saves the day and the Red Lanterns have their first official tally on the win side albeit at a tragic cost.
Jim Calafiore jumps on for this issue and he does a great job of backing up Soule’s script with great imagery. Red Lanterns has become one of my favorite comics over all and I’m so glad that we have a creative team which has found the proper tone and voice for the series. Issue twenty-six is a great read and gets four out of five lanterns.