Comic Review: Sinestro #1 by Cullen Bunn (DC)

Published by DC, April 2014
Story: Cullen Bunn
Art: Dale Eaglesham
Colors: Jason Wright
Letterer: Dezi Sienty
Covers By: Dale Eaglesham & Doug Mahnke

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Synopsis:  If you have been following Sinestro’s magical journey through the many Green Lantern events DC has enacted prior to the New 52 and during as I have then I hope can agree with me that it’s been fun reading the series he’s been featured in.  Although the antagonist to the great Hal Jordan I think he’s morphed over the years into a somewhat headstrong good guy with bad tendencies and uncontrollable urges to fix things his way.  This is consistently demonstrated throughout many of the Green Lantern events such as Sinestro’s Corps War to Blackest Night.  Even more recent events like the Rise of the Third Army and Wrath of the First Lantern.

Most recently for example, Sinestro demands to meet the first lantern in the Wrath of the First Lantern event and gets more than he bargains for.  Sinestro seems to have a knack for placing himself in dire predicaments, alone, blinded by arrogance; not the best tactic. Even Hal as a black lantern told him what he still could not see for himself, “… Korugar was destroyed because you tried to do this alone.”  Facing the first lantern as just another lantern, hurting him, thinks he has won.  Little did he know that the fear he instilled in his own people over the years would ultimately be their downfall, Sinestro included.  The sheer fact that it’s not necessarily always about him thus losing the one thing he truly wanted to protect, his people, his home, Korugar.  Taking that a step further and after losing everything he with Parallax, still failing to see the fact that he’s already lost.

Even though he kills most of the guardians before notifying Hal of his actions I can still find an excuse for him.  They deserved to die, there time has passed.  I love the thought that after the defeat of the first lantern Hal asks, “Were we ever truly friends?” and Sinestro replys “That’s the tragedy of all of this, Jordan. Hal. We’ll always be friends.”  Your heart bleeds knowing that at some level Sinestro is and always will be a good guy, regardless of his troubled past and actions.  Furthermore with the closing of the Wrath of the First Lantern event we learn that Sinestro is actually the Green Lantern cloaked reading the story to the young green lantern beside him, that he spared Ganthet’s life and secured Sayd from Larfleeze in order for them to be together.  He humbly explains to the young lantern that “This is about Hal Jordan, the greatest of the Green Lanterns.”  The greatest? Sinestro has changed and changed for the better.

For the review of this new series, we are start our story in the presence of Sinestro meditating, his self-narration concerning past and present enlightens us on his journey and that he is utterly alone.  However his long self-imposed exile is interrupted by Lyssa Drak where she describes how Arkilllo has taken charge of the Corps and “… gifted them like party favors to anyone who will swear allegiance to him.” He learns of a new enemy slowing rising to power and growing in numbers.  However something else that strikes a chord reactivating his dormant ring, fear detected?  I think so and after a quick power up from an oddly source we begin our journey to find the source of what ails Sinestro and the fear that ultimately drives him.

Panel/Layout: There’s one good redeeming thing DC seems to have going for it is the fact that the use of colors are always richly done.  As long as you can ignore the cheap and somewhat wavy paper DC uses, then you’ll be just fine.  Dale Eaglesham does a wonderful job bringing the story alive for the reader.

Verdict: Cullen Bunn has done a great job plucking Sinestro out of his self-imposed exile and inserting him back into his rightful place as a Yellow Lantern with a purpose again.  I’m definitely excited about where Mr. Bunn could possibly take our lead character and I’m expecting nothing but the best ride possible. 

Rating: 4/5

Office Site: Sinestro
Comicosity Interview: Cullen Bunn

If you want to learn more about Sinestro, his troubled past, internal conflicts, and is overall imprint in DC’s universe then here are a couple of links that can point you in that direction.

Reference: Comic Vine
Reference: Wikipedia

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