In Review: Sinestro #18

Fans of DC Comics are going to want this for the last two pages.

The cover: What isn’t on this cover from Brad Walker, Drew Hennessey, and Jason Wright? Sinestro has used his yellow power ring to construct a car to smash into a member of the Paling, whose power axe is igniting the ground, sending bystanders reeling. In the background two other members of the Sinestro Corps can be seen battling other members of this deadly group. Excellent action illustration pencilled by Walker and inked by Hennessey, with strong colors by Wright allowing every detail in the art to stand out — including a very iconic locale in the distance. Overall grade: A

The story: Writer Cullen Bunn has had Black Adam become a member of the Sinestro Corps, magnifying his already substantial powers. He kicks it up a notch, four times actually, in this story titled “Drafted.” The book opens revisiting the three DC Comics characters that were shown last issue. The action then moves into space where the title character and his team are battling the emotion hating Paling. However, with all of the Sinestro Corps in space, Earth is defenseless, so Sinestro has Arkillo take a group of lanterns to accompany Wonder Woman to Earth to protect it. This leaves Sinestro and Black Adam as the two strongest people to defeat the Paling, and the top of Page 7 shows one of the them demonstrating their might. As things progress above Earth, within Ranx a battle is also beginning, in a slick twist that seems to herald the return of the Black Lanterns, but is an entirely different threat. 12 features the return of a major lantern villain, and one who has a major axe to grind with Sinestro. Another surprise appears on 16 and 17, which had me cheering, until reading the text in the fourth panel on 16. The big reason to pick this book up occurs on the final two pages. Some familiar faces are wearing yellow power rings, with the reveal on the final page being tremendous. Name your price, DC, because I want action figures! Lots of surprises are served up in this story. Overall grade: A

The art: Pencils for this issue are credited to Brad Walker and Neil Edwards, while inks are by Drew Hennessey, Jonathan Glapion, and Robin Riggs. I would have liked to have seen each have their specific pages listed so that I might be more specific in my commentary. There’s a lot to like, visually, in this book, though some pages do look better than others. The first page clearly shows two DC characters, with the one in the middle panel too tiny to identify, unless one is familiar with that character’s costume or read the previous issue. This minuscule figure is soon forgotten thanks to the exceptional work of the double-paged spread of Pages 2 and 3 showing the lanterns battling the Paling. The characters are easy to make out and the action is epic — this is exactly what a battle of this nature should look like. Page 4 has two sensational close-ups of a pair of characters, ending with a large panel containing Wonder Woman and the lanterns who go with her. Page 5 has Black Adam and Sinestro looking heavy compared to their earlier appearances, and the following page’s image of Ranx is not as detailed as it should be. However, the top of Page 7 is outstanding; it actually made me gasp at what’s shown. Sinestro has slimmed down on this page and the next: this is the bulkiest he should ever be. I was not happy with the use of a computer to blur the action that happens at the top of 10 — it seemed a cheat. The major character that first appears on 13 looks great, but ends the issue in a spectacular jaw dropping illustration. All the art is serviceable, but some looks decidedly better than others. Overall grade: B- 

The colors: Excellent work on this issue by Blond, who starts the issue in deceptively quite colors on the first page, showing three separate incidents on Earth at night, but the second and third page explode in the bright colors one would want of a massive space battle. The different yellows are superbly done, making the characters three dimensional due to the colors of their garb. The glowing blues of the Paling are also well done, making them appear sick against the darkness of space. The coloring at the top of Page 10 tell more of a visual story than the art, which is needed, but I really would have preferred to see the action clearly. The top half of Pages 16 and 17 makes the visuals incredibly strong, and the final page is a dream in yellow and orange. Blond was outstanding on this issue. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Narration and dialogue (the same font), a specific groups’ speech on Page 17, and the story’s title and credits are created by Marilyn Patrizio. Everything looks great, though I would like to see narration and dialogue be two different font styles and insertion of some sounds would have punched things up. Overall grade: B+

The final line: Fans of DC Comics are going to want this for the last two pages. Once they pick this up, they’re going to keep reading this series. I wish the visuals had been more consistent. 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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