- We came to protect Earth, not subscribe to America.
- — Salakk
Synopsis for "Red Lantern"
Pietr Brenovich convinces Kilowog to go to the Soviet Union and see the other "side" of the world and their "visions of the future." Interested in the concept of "communism," Kilowog decides to go see it for himself.
Meanwhile, at the Green Lantern Citadel, the Green Lanterns bid farewell to "Old Timer" and the Honor Guard, who return to Maltus. After the visitors leave, Tawny Young and other reporters accuse the Green Lanterns of violating the "president's executive order to disperse," which banned all super-heroes activity in the United States. Seeing that they are no longer welcome there (at least temporarily), the Green Lanterns vote and decide to leave the country.
In Burbank, Kari Limbo sees the multitude listening to G. Gordon Godfrey's preach against super-heroes. With her psychic abilities, Kari realizes that Gordon is trying to enslave her, and she resists until she collapses and falls unconscious.
Kilowog arrives at the Kremlin and meets General Secretary Gorbachev. They take the Green Lantern to the bunker where they are developing the Rocket Red project, an army of soviet super-heroes. After meeting Josef Danoff and learning that the Soviet Union only has one super-hero, Kilowog agrees to help them on this project. Hours pass, and they make progress until Kilowog's ring nears its limit of energy.
Meanwhile, the American Green Lanterns spend the night in Africa, visiting Ub'x. Suddenly, they see Kilowog's Power Battery fly away, and they chase it until they reach Russian air space. A brigade of fighter jets attacks them, and then the first Rocket Red soldier joins the battle. Kilowog demands everyone to stop, and he accuses his fellow Green Lanterns of violating Russian air space. He claims that he's seen both sides now and that communism reminds him of the way things were when the Guardians ruled the Green Lantern Corps. Kilowog and Rocket Red return to their base, with Katma and John agreeing to try and see things their way.
Appearing in "Red Lantern"
- Green Lantern Honor Guard
- Appa Ali Apsa
- Doctor Ub'x
- Kari Limbo
- Tawny Young
- Rocket Red (First appearance)
- Soviet Union
- United States of America
- Russian fighter jets
- Appa Ali Apsa, Apros and K'ryssma appear next in Green Lantern Corps #222.
- Although not marked as a Legends tie-in, the events in this issue are influenced by the story in Legends #2.
- Reprinted in Green Lantern Corps: Beware Their Power.
- Green Lantern Recommended Reading
- Green Lantern (Volume 1)
- Green Lantern (Volume 2)
- Green Lantern (Volume 3)
- Green Lantern (Volume 4)
- Green Lantern (Volume 5)
- Green Lantern (Volume 6)
- The Green Lantern (Volume 1)
- The Green Lantern: Season Two (Volume 1)
- Green Lantern Corps (Volume 1)
- Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2)
- Green Lantern Corps (Volume 3)
- Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors (Volume 1)
- Green Lantern: New Guardians (Volume 1)
- Green Lanterns (Volume 1)
- Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps (Volume 1)