Release Date: August 27, 2014
Cover Date: October 2014
Story: Charles Soule
Art: Alessandro Vitti and Jim Calafiore
Cover: Stephen Segovia
As the new Red Lanterns overrun Guy Gardner and crew, he leaves Supergirl to deal with them on Earth while he heads to Ysmault, knowing Atrocitus will follow him. On Styge Prime, it’s revealed that Skallox was secretly spying on Atrocitus for Guy, and he returns to Ysmault as well. There, the battle is finally joined, resulting in the deaths of Skallox, the Judge, and many more, possibly including Dex-Starr. At the end, Guy’s tired of this crap, and offers up his ring to Atrocitus. However, Guy has much more rage in his heart, and all Red Lantern rings return to him. Overloaded with power, he uses it to recharge the Blood Lake and Central Power Battery, then gives up leadership of the Red Lantern Corps to Rankorr, Bleez and the others. They can watch Sector 2814…Guy will stay on Earth.
Red Lanterns ties off many long-running story threads with his issue, and in fine form. The highlight of the book was Guy denying that he stole Atrocitus’ ring; the latter just couldn’t keep it. Guy ditching it and then having the ring choose him instead of Atrocitus only proves that point. Guy somehow having more rage than everyone on Ysmault was cheesy, but it was a quick means to an end to rebuild the Red Lanterns’ home base. Those panels of the countless power rings flowing into Guy did look cool, though. Props to Alessandro Vitti and Jim Calafiore for that! Their art was solid throughout, as would be expect given their tenure on the book.
Red Lanterns #34 added some shock value with the “deaths” of Skallox, the Judge, and others. (In quotes because you know they’ll be back; this is comics.) Of course, how the rest of the Red Lanterns as well as the hundreds of human recruits didn’t die due to the removal of their red power rings is conveniently ignored, despite the fact that Guy himself nearly dies when he takes off his own ring. That’s a pretty big plot hole, and I doubt it’ll be addressed.
With Guy’s long battle with Atrocitus finally at its end, Red Lanterns had completely wrapped up all of its long-running storylines, and we can move on into new territory. Of course, that means a double dose of crossover event nonsense, but maybe after that we’ll get some new, solid tales.