In Review: Sinestro #13

An excellent jumping in point that shows Sinestro strong and terrible.

The covers: An absolutely evil looking Sinestro head shot is shown merged against a starfield as Parallax writhes about on Necropolis, where the Sinestro Corps have recently set up their new home. Sinestro is fantastic, with just a hint of a smug grin on his face and the living embodiment of the yellow rings’ energy is fantastically detailed. Brad Walker and Drew Hennessy have really outdone themselves on this one! The colors by Jason Wright are also incredibly strong: the yellows are so powerful! As much as I liked the Variant cover this month, I had to purchase this cover because it’s just so darn wicked. The Teen Titans Go! Variant cover by Jorge Corona caught my eye not because it’s got the Titans on it, but a cartoony version of Sinestro painting over the Main cover with yellow paint. The smile on this little deviant makes me smile similarly. Overall grades: Both A+

The story: I was so happy to see writer Cullen Bunn doing something I’ve been waiting so long for: Sinestro’s daughter Sonarik is finally wearing a yellow ring. He forced this change upon her at the end of last issue and now he’s dealing with her anger: “You’ve turned me into a monster…like you.” He merely smiles at her, saying he did so to save her life. Naturally, she throws all her rage at her father in the form of the energy she’s just required, but his being master of the yellow ring has it dissipating around him harmlessly. He reveals he took her ring to spare her from a fate that has befallen is long time foes, “The Green Lanterns have been targeted by an unknown enemy. Had I not taken your ring…had I not shrouded you in my yellow light…you too would have fallen victim to this attack.” Lyssa appears to tell her that she had foreseen the lanterns’ fate, and the book then teases the ongoing adventures of the remaining members of the emerald corps in Green Lantern: Army Lost. Realizing that her father has saved her, Sonarik embraces her new color, and reminds her father that he still hasn’t found the traitor that is in his corps’ ranks. The book then moves to the mystery of who betrayed Sinestro and has caused yet another disaster to befall New Korugar. The solution to both problems are solved in excellent Sinestro-appropriate ways. He demonstrates that he has the ability to be a hero (Pages 14 and 15) , but then quickly shows himself to be a completely ruthless leader (18 and 19). If that weren’t enough, the book ends with a huge surprise. This issue shows Sinestro to be the most arrogant character of the DC Universe, and I wouldn’t have him any other way. Overall grade: A

The art: The first page this issue shows the skills of penciller Brad Walker and ink Drew Hennessy: Sonarik goes from simmering anger to full on fury with her father leering at her with the most annoying of smiles, making her erupt at the bottom of the page. I like how she has yellow energy simmering around her and as the page progresses it matches her level of anger before become a yellow expulsion upon Sinestro on 2. The next two pages have him wonderfully indifferent to his daughter. There’s a spectacular half page double-page splash on 6 and 7. Looking at this makes me want to see Walker and Hennessy do a poster of all of these characters. The character that lingers in silence at the bottom of 7 hints so much! The final panel on 13 shows the power contained within Sinestro excellently, which turns into a truly epic splash on 14. The story needed this to be a huge moment and both artists succeeded wildly in making it so. Until Page 16 Sonarik is shown to be raging under the effects of her new ring, but she shows a softer side on this page, giving long time fans a visual moment of hope that she won’t be wearing this ring forever. The final panel of the issue induced a nice gasp from me before I ever read the text — it’s certainly a “Wow!” moment! Every visual from this pair is solid. Overall grade: A

The colors: This issue has really strong coloring from Jason Wright. I admit to being more fond of seeing the energy coming out of green power rings than any other, but Wright may have me becoming a stronger fan of the yellow because of his work on this book. The first page (it is a good one!) has some great yellows that capture and magnify the emotion coming off the visuals. I really like how Sonarik’s eyes have gone yellow — it makes her look insane. With the planet’s surface being a pale violet and the sky pink, anytime anyone uses yellow energy it really lights up a page. There’s a brilliant combination of yellows, pinks, and oranges on 14 that’s going to show up in a lot of places on the Internet. The final page has some excellent yellows and terrifically delicate white on powder blue. Wright is acing all aspects of this issue. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Dialogue and narration (the same font — I really want this to be different!), opening story title, opening credits, sounds, a character’s name, dialogue from an exhausted individual, and next issue’s tease are constructed by go-to Lantern letterer Dave Sharpe. I’m liking what he’s doing, especially when he has the massive sound effects in the issue’s middle. Overall grade: A-

The final line: An excellent jumping in point that shows Sinestro strong and terrible. Fantastic reading! 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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