Red Lanterns #18
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General Information
Series: Red Lanterns (Volume 1)
Issue Number: 18
First Published: March 27, 2013
Previous Issue: Red Lanterns #17
Next Issue: Red Lanterns #19

Synopsis for "Wrath of The First Lantern, Part Eight: The Decision"Edit

Volthoom arrived on Maltus before and unlike his most of his previous encounters the First Lantern has decided to play with Atrocitus a little bit, offering him a choice as to how his reality will be written in history. Showing the Red Lantern what his life would have been like had the Manhunters not attacked we come to understand that Atros would have eventually become the ruler of his people, succumbing to the power he wields. Back on Earth we observe Rankorr on a picnic with the young woman he rescued last month and through his internal dialogue we see him question when the right moment would be to drop his disguise and hope that he will still be accepted for the man he once was before the red ring landed on his finger. Returning to Maltus we discover that in this alternate timeline Atros has become a despot, killing anyone who questions his absolute rule, including his wife who is executed. Volthoom feeds on the despair of Atrocitus as he realizes that his life would not have been the happy reality he'd imagined it would have been. Returning once again to Rankorr and his predicament on Earth, John Moore makes an attempt to be honest with his new lady friend, but before he can reveal himself Bleez appears and forces the situation to come to a head, scaring away the human woman as Moore's disguise fades from existence. Meanwhile we learn that Atros is ultimately assassinated by his own son in this alternate reality. Volthoom continues to toy with Atrocitus' emotions and offers the Red Lantern the choice of which reality he'd prefer. With Atrocitus choosing to have all of Ryutt destroyed by the Manhunters Volthoom takes possession of the "Great Heart", claiming that it has become much more than a repository for the emotions cast off by the Guardians of the Universe and will provide him the remaining power he needs to control reality. Before disappearing Volthoom reminds Atrocitus that he chose the fate of his own people and no longer has anything to be mad about. Seeing himself now as the root cause for the destruction of his own people Atrocitus ends the issue by issuing an order to the Red Lanterns to hunt down and destroy him as the responsible party.

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