In Review: Sinestro #10

Anti-hero heroics done right. Good story with strong visuals impress.

The covers: The first cover is going to be difficult to make out from the image I chose, but it’s a very cool one. Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, and Jason Wright have got Sinestro hanging upside down, shown in profile, as yellow energy leaks out of him. It’s a painful loss as shown by the expression on his face. I like that the restraints that are holding him are green, giving him pause to think ‘Jordan would be loving this’ no doubt. This moment is in the book, yet gives nothing away of the story. Excellent layout, execution, and coloring–with the yellow dripping out of him like liquid gold. The Harley Quinn Variant cover is quite the odd duck. I’m growing very tired of Harley showing up in every DC book, and I’m not thrilled with her being the Variant queen this month, but DC’s gotta do what DC’s gotta do for sales. This image by Ian Bertram and Matt Hollingsworth has got a tiny Harley sitting within the tip of Sinestro’s widow’s peak. She’s got a pair of scissors and she’s been snipping away; hairs are all over the yellow lantern’s forehead, and only a bit of his angry eyes show his displeasure at what she’s done. The violet skin of the title character dominates this image, with her whites and reds barely noticeable among all that ebony. Amusing, but too much for me. Overall grades: Main A and Harley Quinn Variant C

The story: When last we saw Sinestro he was about to do battle with Mongol’s gang, the Apex League. He’s discovered too late that his arrival on Warworld was a trap for him to have his ring drained of its power. He tries to fight the League, but it’s no use, his ring is running out. He yields to Mongul, but empties his ring in a slight burst before doing so. Mongol accepts his surrender and then fries him with a blast from his eyes. One of the League questions why Mongol zapped him, considering his acquiescence. Mongol’s response is brilliance from writer Cullen Bunn, “You don’t know Sinestro, Griffon. Even in defeat, he was plotting something. Smarter to incapacitate him now rather than deal with his tricks. Smarter…and much more satisfying.” Finally, a foe that knows Sinestro well. Meanwhile, in Space Sector 3567, New Korugar, Soranik Natu has returned with the bodies of the missing Korugarians. Her remorse at her results is interrupted by the arrival of Sinestro’s final act and it leads the Sinestro Corps off and running, er…flying. I really liked how Relic played a part in this issue. It’s neat when a writer can bring up something from a character’s past to cause trouble in the present, and this made perfect sense. There’s a huge battle in this book, as one would expect when the leader of the Sinestro Corps is captured, but I had–foolishly–forgotten one character who appears on the final page that is going to change a whole lot of what Sinestro is about. Outstanding story. Overall grade: A

The art: Penciller Brad Walker and inker Andrew Hennessy are masters in rendering Sinestro. Even when he surrenders, he is to be feared. When he’s shown in his constraints placed by Mongul, he still looks like an absolute monster. This is how I want my anti-hero, frightening even when faced with defeat. Also impressive in this issue is Mongul, who bears the many scars that Sinestro gave him last issue. The visuals of the book change dramatically when the scene shifts to New Korugar. The panels become much smaller than the opening fight, and there’s a starfield for a background that cannot be ignored. It serves to show how intimate the scene is with Soranik and how small she feels after her attempts to save some of her people. It’s a very clever use of layout to increase the somber mood of the story. Pages 16 and 17 were enough for me to pay full price for this book. I love seeing lots of lanterns ring-slinging, and Walker and Hennessy provide it in spades. The details are amazing. I began to get nervous as the ending approached, thinking that this pair may have spent themselves too soon. I couldn’t have been more incorrect. The arrival of a character on the final page is worthy of the full page splash given. Awesome action in space. Overall grade: A

The colors: Yellow, orange, and pink radiate off every page. When yellow rings are used Jason Wright has all of their energies and constructs absolutely electrifying. Oranges are used in explosions from the Sinestro Corps’ wielding their power and from the fires that Mongol creates with his eyes. Pink is a beautiful color used for the skies of New Korugar, which matches the skin tone of its newest inhabitants. And the skin of Sinestro is stunning in pink. Combined with his yellow eyes, he is a perfect monster of a hero. Fantastic work. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Dave Sharpe provides narration and dialogue (the same font), opening title and credits, screams, yells, sounds, scene settings, a transmission’s recording, Arkillo speech, and the tease for next issue. All look great, with Arkillo’s dialogue always incredible to witness. Overall grade: A

The final line: Anti-hero heroics done right. Good story with strong visuals impress. Overall grade: A

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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