Sinestro #1 (Comics Review)

When the Justice League animated series brought in Lex Luthor’s Society of Supervillains, a ring wielder by the name of Sinestro was one of the many villains introduced on the show, although we never really got to see his background or anything. We just knew that he was one of Hal Jordan’s classic adversaries and, indeed a nemesis. That was my first ever introduction to the character. Since then I’ve seen Sinestro in other animated forms, and even a pre-evil live-action portrayal. And I’ve read a fair few Green Lantern comics to find out who and what Sinestro is and what his place in the Green Lantern mythology really is.

Last year DC launched Larfleeze, a humour series featuring the master of the Orange Lantern Corps and it marked a departure from the usual GL books that the publisher was doing. Now, DC has done the same with Sinestro, which launched last week. This title has been long in coming, but come it has, and it is quite awesome. It is packed with action and drama, done just the way I like it and it has some excellent artwork to boot. Cullen Bunn and Dale Eaglesham seem to have a good handle on the character and his supporting cast, that’s for sure.

Sinestro 01In the New 52, Thaal Sinestro has been as great a villain as any other. Although he has also shown an occasional moment of classic heroism that has been tempered by his wariness of “goody” heroes like the Justice League, and he has his own set of beliefs and his own methods of furthering those beliefs. I loved how Geoff Johns wrote him in Green Lantern and I kind of liked the Villain’s Month issue last year as well, although it was all merely a recap of things that have happened and didn’t really add to the Sinestro mythos.

But now with Sinestro, writer Cullen Bunn seems fit to change that. As the character’s first (?) ever solo series gets launched, he is ready to end his self-imposed exile from the Sinestro Corps, although it takes some convincing on the part of Lyssa Drak to accomplish that. Cullen’s writing all the way through is really excellent and he really gives you a damn good taste for what kind of a character and person Thaal Sinestro is. The monologues are perfect and so are the dialogues. This is Sinestro, no mistake.

Starting off with some scenes set on the world of his exile, Cullen quickly moves the character back into the wider universe to face up to is damned legacy and how it has been suborned in his absence. Just when the universe needs Thaal Sinestro the most, he rises to the occasion, even if he has some other agenda in place to benefit himself. His distrust for those around him, even as he makes use of them through any means necessary has always made him one of the most likable of DC’s villains/anti-heroes for me. He has his own of code of behaviour that he doesn’t compromise on, but he also is willing to step up and do the right thing.

And his entry (or rather, I should say his return) to the Sinestro Corps in this issue is a perfect example of that. The galaxy is slowly falling to the Paling, and there are beings calling themselves the Pale Vicars who are terrorising people everywhere. This is the warning that Lyssa Drak brings to Sinestro and she prophecies his interference in the matter. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this title since I haven’t really enjoyed Cullen Bunn’s writing in the past but with this issue he has totally won me over. He tells a focused story here and he really gets you into the whole mood and swing of things as well.

Dale Eaglesham is the main artist here, with Jason Wright on the colours and Dezi Sienty on the letters. Eaglesham and Wright also collaborate for that really good cover, which truly encapsulates Sinestro and what kind of a Korugarian he is. Eaglesham does the big scenes really well. Whether we are seeing Sinestro on the world of his exile, living as a monk of sorts, or whether we are seeing scenes that reflect on what the Sinestro Corps is up to, there are always ample details for yo to pick out and his pencils are great all the way through. The cosmic-syle scenes in particular are some of my favourite bits of the book, by far. Jason Wright’s colours compliment Eaglesham’s art and the details pop off the page. He mixes things very well and uses a lot of different colour palettes, as and when the panels require him to. His best work definitely has to be Lyssa Drak, given her unique body decorations.

Overall, a very satisfactory issue. The only place where I think it doesn’t quite match up is in addressing what Sinestro is doing in Geoff Johns’ Forever Evil book, given that he is one of the members of Lex Luthor’s Injustice League in that big and is going up against members of the Crime Syndicate. And the issue doesn’t deal with the happenstance of Sinestro and Parallax’s previous… association. Sure, it is a lot to add in for a debut issue like this, but I would have liked to see some addressal of it nonetheless. We shall see!

Rating: 9/10

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Posted on April 21, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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