Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Red Lanterns #39 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Landry Walker
Art By: J. Calafiore, Gabe Eltaeb
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 25, 2015

Baby Got........ A Hell of A Right Cross

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

When we all raged last month, we saw Guy Gardner taking on a town that became infected with the rage left behind from the Atrocitus War.  Guy being the Gloomy Gus that he's been lately looked like he was going to satiate the mob's rage by letting them take out their frustrations on him; since he felt like he deserved it but man did Guy Gardner put one over on us.  Just as you thought he might actually sacrifice himself and do a little personal atoning for the people he's gotten killed over the years, Guy actually gave himself to the mob because he knew that the rage inside of them would burn them up if they were able to focus it.  So yeah, Guy killed a whole town, but it looks like the rest of the world was saved by this rage infection.  The ends justify the means if you go with that sort of thing but here we see that the rage is still on and Guy Gardner's quest to make things right after the Atrocitus War continues.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:
Our issue begins with Guy Gardner going on a walkabout across America as he's led to where the rage of the Atrocitus War is still active, when he comes across a crowd surrounding a baby on top of a dead body........ Yeah, that's a weird ass way to jump into this but just go with it for a second.  As Guy tries to wrap his head around what's going on in this town, his thoughts are interrupted when a giant monster appears behind him and royally kicks the shit out of him as he tries to protect the baby....... Lousy lazy locals.

Guy is knocked out by having his face repeated jammed into the pavement and when he comes to he's inside a local family's house and they let him in on the terror that is the rage baby.  It reminds me of that old Twilight Zone episode called "It's A Good Life" where the kid can wish people away to the cornfield and while it's not exactly like that........ most things remind me of The Twilight Zone, I mean it's like that because here we have a simple baby and the town is powerless to stop it.  Now that's not all, after hearing the info about the baby, Guy realizes that for whatever reason, he's not that angry and decides that the baby and the rage monster that is controlled by the child is some kind of rage parasite and stopping it might be a bit harder than punching a baby should be.  So after getting his head knocked around by a newborn, Guy wises up and gets the job done.

In the end, Guy puts a DVD of the baby's mother on a screen.  The reason that this child created such a rage monster is because it's whole family was killed during the Atrocitus War and seeing what he's lost mellowed him out enough so that Guy could absorb and then dispel the rage within him.  Now that the rage is gone and the town is safe, Guy takes the kid and pulls a David Banner down the rode looking for his next rage incursion.  

That's it for this issue of Red Lanterns and while the concept is really out there, even for Red Lanterns, it's fun as hell to read.  The humor is strong with this one and I actually found myself laughing out loud as the kids do when reading Guy's dialog and even seeing how he acted around this threat.  The whole rage virus premise isn't really something that I can get behind but when it's used to make a hilarious action packed issue, I have to just bite my tongue and go with it because it's a wild ride wrapped around the brilliant art of J. Calafiore and the awesome colors of Gabe Eltaeb and you can't go wrong with that.  See you next month when we see what will become of Guy Gardner with the final issue of Red Lanterns and where we try to figure out where to get our rage from in DC's future line up of books.

Bits and Pieces:

While Guy Gardner fighting a baby might seem too over the top and even a little too weird to be something that you'd want to read, do yourself a favor and get over your misgivings and get this issue.  I laughed my ass off and was given a fun ride as Red Lanterns ebbs closer to it's finale.  Just a joy to read and with only one issue left, I hope it ends on a note similar in tone to this.  Go get it already!

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