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Red Lanterns Vol. 3: The Second Prophecy [Kindle Edition]

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The Red Lanterns fought amongst themselves in a brutal civil war, but now they must band together against the universal threat of Guardians of the Universe's latest weapon, The Third Army. As battle lines are drawn, Atrocitus and his Red Lanterns seek final vengeance against the Guardians of Oa--but things don't go as planned as The First Lantern turns his formidable gaze on Atrocitus and shows the high king of vengeance that everything he believed about himself, the universe and rage has been pitifully wrong.

Collects issues #0, #13-20.

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Irish writer Peter Milligan joined Vertigo in 1989 with the mini-series SKREEMER and soon became an imprint mainstay, writing both SHADE THE CHANGING MAN, HUMAN TARGET, ENIGMA, GREEK STREET and HELLBLAZER. For the DC Universe, he has written Batman in DETECTIVE COMICS and is acknowledged as the driving force behind the Knightfall event. He began his comics career with England's 2000 AD, notably its Bad Company serial. He was named one of Entertainment Weekly's "it" writers in 2002. Milligan is currently writing RED LANTERNS for DC Comics as a part of DC Comics--The New 52.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Red Dawn 28 April 2014
By 50 Squirrels of Grey TOP 50 REVIEWER
The story running through issues #13-20 of the New 52’s Red Lanterns is collected, along with issue #0 and Green Lantern #20, as Red Lanterns Volume 3: Rise of the Third Army TP (The New 52). This is another excellent episode in the current Red (and Green) Lantern saga, as we reach (literally) “The End” in Green lantern #20, and the Book of Oa is closed, by a hand, I notice, which has a red colouring, with a green patch just where a ring would once have been worn.

This is an excellent collection, with superb scripting and incredible high-definition artwork. The story running through this collection appears to be, amongst other things, a study of the one-dimensionality of the Red Lanterns basic raisonne d’être, and ends with a new beginning for Atrocitus and his Corps. We also get, in issue #0, the full story of the origin Atrocitus, his involvement with the Four (afterwards Five) Inversions, a mystical/magical group who were an early nemesis of the Guardians, their eventual defeat, and Atrocitus’s creation of the Red Battery and Corps out of the corpses of his former allies. During the course of the subsequent issues we see the Red Lanterns’ side of the ongoing war with the Guardians, as the Corps encounters the Third Army and the First Lantern – filling in quite an important part of his story. Bleeze and Rankor also have their own strand as they return to Earth (again) to allow Rankor to find (or lose) his human side. Even Dex-Starr gets a few panels to himself, before the finale in Green Lantern #20. The final issue of this volume is Red Lanterns #20, where we get the various new beginnings, self-realisations, and return of the Four Inversions.

As I said above, this is a very good volume with superb storytelling, in both script and artwork, giving us a resolution to the past and a way forward to a less one-dimensional future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A big strong volume with hope for the future 3 Dec. 2013
By W-Town
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Collecting the #0 issue and 13-20 of the ongoing series, this is beefy size for a trade paperpack.

The zero issue deals with Atrocious's origin after the Manhunters destroy his world, its brief and chugs along at a decent pace. It doesn't add a huge amount to the character. As leader of the red lanterns Atrocious is all about the rage and we don't see a lot more character in this zero issue.

The rest of of the trade builds up to and ties in with the 'Rise of the 3rd Army' and' Wrath of the 1st Lantern' storylines and is generally an improvement for this title in terms of story quality. We see the new human red lantern Rankorrs story continue with Bleez which arguably is better crafted than our big angry red friend Atrocious.

The civil war storyline from the previous trades is resolved and some other plotlines are tied up nicely with Atricious having a big revelatory 'moment' that settles most things up and gets the characters ready for a fresh new story.

Being all agents of rage the characters can be a bit on dimensional but this volume does avoid that cliche fairly well and adds depth as it goes on. Overall its a good read that salvages anything going wrong from earlier in the series and sets up a open book for the characters to go forward. I'll certainly be picking up volume 4.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 May 2015
By Simon
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Good seller and good item!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Reds Finally Found Their True Anger...It Just Took 20 Issues to Get There 28 Jan. 2014
By Anarchy in the US - Published on
Since Geoff Johns epic 9 year run on Green Lantern has come to a close, so has all the other lantern-based series writers. Peter Tomasi 5 years on Green Lantern Corps and Tony Bedard's 2-3 years on New Guardians/GLC. Red Lanterns lead wrier Peter Milligan ends 20 issues worth of the fiery hot-head lanterns that has had a turbulent narrative of where it wants to go. Some parts of it is good, but it never really got over the hump. This final volume of Milligan's work again goes with the rocky nature that parts of this series work, while other parts...not so much.

RED LANTERNS VOL.3: THE SECOND PROPHECY collects issues #0, #13-#20, and GREEN LANTERN #20. After reigniting the red lantern power battery, the battery is low on power so the lanterns go around the universe killing out of rage. Suddenly, The Third Army shows up and gives Reds a difficult time to the point, leader Atrocitus needs to get some help to defeat them them. That every help comes from the thing Atrocitus hates the most: the Manhunters. And Rankorr has to return to Earth to finish his completion to becoming a true Red Lantern.

The Zero and Third Army issues showcase another origin story of Atrocitus, while giving a character study on the three plots going on. Atrocitus anger and history with the Manhunters, Rankorr coming to terms of returning to being human or full-on lantern with Bleez being his inner conscience, and the remaining Reds looking after the power battery while discussing what is to become of the group. This is actually a pretty decent arc, as we get the narrative jumping from the three plots and how to deal with their greatest source of anger. I sort of liked the Atrocitus angle of confronting the Manhunters and the character roles being reversed.

And issues #17 - #20 and GL #20 deal with the First Lantern arc and epilogue. This arc mostly focuses on Atrocitus going after the Great Heart (an important artifact), confronting The First Lantern, and tying up any loose ends for the series. The biggest piece of time is given closure for Rankorr, who I think might have been the real star of the whole series over Atrocitus. It's a decent epilogue, what not impactful.

If there is any grade-A material here it is the artwork by Miguel Sepulveda who does insane amount of detail with chaos and destruction on every page he does. I wish this artist will find more praise in the future because the man has got it. Fill-in artist Will Conrad does issue 19 and 20 and Andres Guinaldo does issue 16. They are commendable, but not quite up to Sepulveda's level.

The flaws in this volume (or the series itself) is that parts it feels underwhelming at parts. After the first 12 issues, we had an idea that this series was going to take off, but issue 13 comes around, and the Red revert back to the same habit as before and it feels played out now. Atrocitus still cannot find his "real" anger(?) and still monologues to himself about it again and again, Rankorr still hasn't done much about being a Red Lantern, and while Bleez is with Rankorr, the rest of the Reds are still left aside sadly. It takes 20 issues for these characters to find themselves is just too winded.

This is in part due to the crossovers with the Third Army and First Lantern arcs, though compared to the over GL series, Red Lanterns has been pretty cutoff from the start of the series and remains so where it doesn't feel too cluttered. But still, Milligan still reverts back to finding his answer for Atrocitus is anger all the time, which gets repetitive after awhile because it makes Atrocitus look weak and self-doubting too often.

And beyond the artist being somewhat jerky in the narrative, there are confusing bits. Like one end chapter where Atrocitus is blown away from blast, and yet, the very next chapter he's fine and overcame all those injuries. Did I miss something? And then, oddly enough, another issue does something very similarly.

So RED LANTERNS VOL.3: THE SECOND PROPHECY ends much like it started from the series beginning. We get some insightful places that further Atrocitus and the Reds, some great bloody artwork, and a decent new character Rankorr to the mix. But the most of the same narrative repeats itself, the pacing can get slow, there are some confusing parts, and most of the characters status quo is still the same 20 issues in. I'll give this final volume a 3 star rating. If you enjoyed this series for the deep process of hatred and what it has, than volume 3 will be an enjoyable read for you. If you stayed on to see the ending, then you might be letdown like myself.

Red Lanterns had its ups and downs, but it never got to the potential I thought it could have been. Thankfully, Red Lanterns Vol. 4: Blood Brothers (The New 52) see's hot writer Charles Soule take over where it becomes less about philosophical talk and more of the Reds being led by Guy Gardner and the group are like DC's bikers gang going around causing trouble. If you are willing to stay on for a funner time and leave the monologuing behind , check out volume 4.
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST BUY!!! 17 April 2015
By JQ16 - Published on
vol.3 so far is the most Phenomenal really. it seems the first arch of the story is hitting climax and other side stories are introduced at the same time. I really want a series or movie of this to be made because these books will get any ready to respect the story more. they are that good. Cant wait to read vol4. I've said in the first three reviews; this series is Great! I love the Red Lanterns so much! I've just ordered Larfleeze and the Sinestro corps because I have been solidified as a Lantern fan. (any color lol) Check this out if you love Green Lantern. You WONT be disappointed. Promise
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as the first few books in this series 8 Jun. 2015
By J. Kweder - Published on
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Not quite as good as the first few books in this series, but I like the introduction of the other lantern factions
4.0 out of 5 stars My first kindle comic. 31 Mar. 2014
By Red Lantern. - Published on
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this was my first kindle reader comic, disappointed by inability to rotate between portrait and landscape view, some pagers would have been better in the other mode.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 6 Feb. 2014
By Michael H - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Volume 3 lacks the compelling story that the previous volumes had. Ruined by needless sub-plots, such as Rankorr dealing with his loss of humanity, and hurt by a pace that is so fast that it takes all the enjoyment out of the story. It's just really disappointing.
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