While 2011 looks to be the year of the Green Lanterns, their anger-fueled counterparts in the Red Lantern Corps are also poised to make a major splash. Not only will the Red Lanterns be featured prominently in the upcoming "Green Lantern: The Animated Series," but they will also be getting their own comic book as well.
Over on the Source blog, DC has announced hat Peter Milligan will be writing an ongoing "Red Lanterns" series later this year… at the request of Geoff Johns himself!
“Everybody who has read ‘Green Lantern’ and its associated books for any time probably knows why Atrocitus is angry. His entire race was almost wiped out by marauding Manhunters," said Milligan in a brief statement. “But after Geoff Johns asked if I was interested in writing The Red Lantern Corps I started thinking about Atrocitus and his anger. Because it’s not just anger. It is RAGE. A crimson red rage that still consumes him after all this time. And when you think about it, the Manhunter massacre happened an awful long time ago. Eons ago. Okay, you’d never get over something like that. But Atrocitus’ rage hasn’t weakened. It is just as immense and awesome as it was all those centuries ago. I wanted to know why. I wanted to know how."
“In the first storyline of ‘The Red Lantern Corps’ we look for an answer to these questions," continued Milligan. "And the answer lies in part on the far side of the prison planet Ysmault. It is here where we’ll see why and how the rage of Atrocitus is just as all-consuming as it ever was. We’ll also begin to learn what goes on in the boiling brains of his napalm-blooded corps. Can the proud Bleeze remain a loyal servant? How does the angry cat DEXTAR try to feed its beloved master? And what horrors lie at the bed of the ocean of blood?”
The Red Lanterns were created by Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver during the buildup to "Blackest Night" and they have remained a fixture in "Green Lantern" ever since. Prior to his new gig, Milligan was best known for memorable runs on "X-Statix," "Shade The Changing Man," "Batman," "Infinity Inc" and "The Human Target." He is also the current writer of "Hellblazer."
Although an artist has not yet been named for the book, "Red Lanterns" will likely debut in time to ride the wave of "Green Lantern" movie tie-ins during the spring and summer of this year.