The cover: On a piece of floating space rock, Sinestro holds Hal Jordan by the throat. The dialogue “That’s the tragedy of all of this, Jordan…We’ll always be friends” surrounds the image. Terrific, powerful pose by the title character with Hal squirming under his pressure. The coloring is fantastic, with the characters’ light powers magnified by the purple-blue of space. The art is by interior artist Rags Morales and the colors by interior colorist Jason Wright. Overall grade: A
The story: Sinestro and a few of his Sinestro Corps members, along with his daughter Green Lantern Soranik, are confronted by the Inquistion, who have been shown killing lanterns by draining them of all emotion. The yellow lanterns seem to be powerless to stop this avenging threesome. In fact, one infamous character goes down before these aliens and his fate is left in doubt by the end of the issue. Rather than make this a simple slugfest, writer Cullen Bunn allows readers to see what takes the lanterns out, the first being shown on Page 6. As the strongest fighter, Sinestro is hit and three pages are devoted to what drives him mad. One hint: see the cover image. The solution to stopping the trio is simple, yet it works. The highlight of the story was what occurs on Pages 17 and 18. If Sinestro has to hold his mouth shut to keep from gasping at what he sees, you know it’s major. The final page was the perfect closer and tease of things to come. Overall grade: A
The art: This book looks beautiful. Rags Morales is knocking it out of the park on Page 1 with five different members of the corps giving their all against the Inquisition. The reveal of the antagonist is a partial double-paged spread on 2 and 3 and its dynamite stuff. There’s a lot of detail in his art, such as the many characters he had to create for the top panel on 6. Sinestro is wonderfully evil looking in every panel, with his bugged out eyes drawing focus consistently, such as on Page 7. The gooey matter that Sinestro goes through on 8 was fantastic–Classically icky. The angle of the lead at the bottom of 13 sums up his character wonderfully. Explosions in comics are often simply drawn stuff, but Morales really goes the extra mile at the bottom of 18. I want this book to look this good every month. Overall grade: A+
The colors: There is no denying that Jason Wright is also giving 110% to this book. The first page is poster worth because of the coloring he puts into it, especially in those first two panels. Light is not an effect in this book, but a power, to be sure. The pink sky is a perfect backdrop to the light being thrown about. The double-paged spread on 2 and 3 is beautiful. My favorite page is 15 for the great tone work on the characters. I’d like Mr. Wright to stay forever on this book as well. Overall grade: A+
The letters: Talented Taylor Esposito brings narration, dialogue, the opening title and credits, sounds, and screams to this issue in perfect style. Overall grade: A
The final line: If you haven’t tried this book before, this is the one to start with. You won’t be sorry. Overall grade: A
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics at TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two 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.