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5.0 out of 5 stars Red Dawn, 28 April 2014
Mr. Mice Guy (London, England) - See all my reviews
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
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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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