As expected, DC Comics has started to roll out some new projects for 2011 as their The Source blog announced today that writer Peter Milligan will soon be launching a "Red Lanterns" series featuring the titular Corps of blood-spewing, anger-driven villains.
In the post, the writer – currently assigned to Vertigo's "Hellblazer" but known for left-of-center runs on DCU titles like "Batman" and "Infinity Inc." – gave the pitch for the new series, which has not yet seen an art team or start month announced.
"Everybody who has read Green Lantern and its associated books for any time probably knows why Atrocitus is angry," Milligan said of the Red Lantern leader. "His entire race was almost wiped out by marauding Manhunters.
“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...it 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. 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?”
As it says above, even the exact title of this new monthly does not seem to be 100% finalized, however it's doubtless that the "Red Lanterns" book will be ready by summer in advance of DC and Warner Bros. "Green Lantern" movie and Warner Animation's upcoming Green Lantern animated series in which the Red Lanterns are the primary villains.
For more informaiton, keep an eye on The Source and look to CBR in the days ahead for more news of DC in 2011.