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Atrocitus plans to elevate a Red Lantern.

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ripped from a corpse so freshly dead,
together with our hellish hate,
we'll burn you all, that is your Fate!
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The Red Lantern Corps is the Lantern Corps that harnesses the red light of rage. For much of its existence, it was divided into two factions, one led by its founder Atrocitus and one by Guy Gardner.


Agents of Vengeance

Atrocitus plans to elevate a Red Lantern.

After obtaining Krona's corpse from the Guardian Ganthet, Atrocitus faced a dilemma, the death of Krona had absolved the cause for his rage and thus left him without purpose. Atrocitus realized that he may lose control of his Red Lantern Corps. To prevent that from happening, Atrocitus resolved to restore the members of the Red Lantern Corps their sanity and with it their ability to think for themselves, he then gave them a new goal to punish the guilty.[1]

The Red Lantern Corps soon came to a violent power struggle between Atrocitus and former Green Lantern Guy Gardner, who had enlisted as a mole. Atrocitus was subsequently defeated by Gardner, who took his leadership while Dex-Starr took Atrocitus away in order to heal him.

New Management

Guy Gardner takes over the Corps

After Guy took over the Corps, he led the Reds in protecting the universe in the usual Red lantern fashion: through violence and murder. However, he wound up bonding with his corpsmen and helped them learn to rein in their rage as well. At the same time, Atrocitus began his return to power by attempting to form a new Red Lantern corp and lead them against his former allies. When the anti-Lantern villain Relic began targeting the other Lantern Corps, Hal recruited Guy and the Red Lanterns in the fight against him. Guy agreed to help, but only on the condition that they are given the right to exclusively patrol a Sector. Hal agreed -although he wasn't happy when Guy later demanded Sector 2814-[2] and while the Reds fared no better against Relic than the others Corps, they were there to witness when Kyle Rayner defeated Relic and replenished the depleted wellspring of emotional light, returning all of the corps to full strength.

Not long after Relic's defeat, a new development arose. At the same time that Supergirl is inducted into the Red Lantern Corps,[3] the Corps ran into Atrocitus and Dex-Starr in middle of recruiting another new Red Lantern, Judge Sheko.[4] While Supergirl and the Reds repel Atrocitus, Sheko refused to choose a side in the power struggle, but followed Gardner's team around anyway. Guy later gave Kara his blessing to leave and found a way to safely remove her ring.[5]

The internal conflict came to a head on Earth, when Atrocitus turned hundreds of people across the globe into Red Lanterns. While Guy's side eventually emerged victorious, the cost of victory is the death of most of the Reds on both sides. In the aftermath, Guy left the survivors to their own devices and asked that they let him protect Earth alone.

The Reds Return

However, with Guy gone, Atrocitus is somehow restored to life, retakes his corps (including the similarly somehow restored Zilius Zox and Skallox, and begins rebuilding with the help of the Rage Mother. Before he can get far, Lobo, hired by Sinestro to eliminate the other Lantern Corps, tracks them down and kills them all, save Bleez and the Rage Mother.

Red Lanterns: Rebirth

Some while later, the Red lanterns reappear under Atrocitus' control. The Reds attack the Earth, establishing a base from which they infect people all over the world with unquenchable rage. This happens as two rookie Green lanterns, Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz are partnered together to be Earth's Green Lanterns. Because of their inexperience, the two initially fail to stop the Reds. However, Simon temporarily causes Bleez to abandon her allies, and she gives details of Atrocitus' plan until Jessica causes her rage to return forcing her to forsake both sides. Though they are pushed against the wall when they confront the Reds, Jessica manages to tap into her willpower and to destroy their base and drive the Reds off-world. However, everything they did was part of Atrocitus' plan to plant a Rage Entity, designed to replace the long dead Butcher, in the Earth's core.

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Equipment: * Red Lantern Power Battery

Weapons: * Red Power Rings


  • As they have no use for their hearts, the Red Lanterns are unaffected by the heart-ripping attack of a Black Lantern.

See Also

Recommended Reading


Red Lantern Corps at Wikipedia


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