Getting to know the Red Lanterns: Atrocitus, Zilius Zox, Razer
Everyone looooves the Green Lantern Corps. Known through out the universe as the patrolling “space cops,” the Green Lanterns have been saving lives and worlds for centuries, doing what they can to keep the peace. They’re so revered, they even get their own name in the title of Cartoon Network’s latest toon from the world of DC Comics, Green Lantern: The Animated Series. But there’s so much more to the show than just the color green – the CG cartoon also formally introduces the animated world to the Red Lantern Corps, filled with fire, rage, and hate, from their leader Atrocitus down to the very red rings they wield. With this group serving as the main villains to Hal Jordan, Aya, and Kilowog’s adventures in Frontier Space, let’s take a deeper look at some of the red stars.
First up, we have the big guy: Atrocitus. The last survivor of the Five Inversions and of the massacre executed by the Manhunters on their corrupted mission,
Atrocitus of Sector 666 is the leader of the Red Lantern Corps and creator of the Red Lantern power battery. While many of his Red Lantern minions are feral creatures, Atrocitus has complete control over his actions, even through the bile and rage.
The same spherical form as a former Green Lantern named Galius Zed, Zilius Zox is a high ranking devious member of the Red Lantern Corps. Zox maintains a second-in-command role like the Decipticon’s StarScream on Transformers, always at the ear of Atrocitus, and often with his own plans at work. His comic book counterpart first appeared in Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns for DC Comics, taking on both Green Lanterns and those of the Sinestro Corps. He might look a bit silly,
and hearing Tom Kenny of SpongeBob fame provides the voice, you might dismiss Zilius Zox as a minor threat – but make no mistake, just as Kenny completely twists and burns his voice for the role, Zilius Zox is a ball of pure evil rage, not to be underestimated.
Razer is perhaps the most dynamic of the core Red Lantern Corps. Like a late stage Anakin Skywalker (sometime after the Clone Wars series, but not quite yet at Darth Vader like Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Razer is torn between his dark side and his really really dark side. Through the years, the teachings of Atrocitus have corrupted his thoughts and emotions, letting the evil within take over. However, he’s not pure rage. Unlike fellow Red Lanterns like Zilius Zox, Razer will occasionally hesitate before committing some horrible act; as if he’s contemplating whether or not he’ll actually do it. Sure, he takes great delight in firing his Red Ring at Green Lanterns, but… maybe there’s a redeemable quality within that could be explored, and exploited, through out the series.