The cover: Okay, this was unexpected. Parallax, the living embodiment of the yellow energy, is back from the beyond, streaking across the stars holding the title character and Hal Jordan in its claws. Last month’s interior artist, Rags Morales, and this month’s colorist, Jason Wright, created this nice cover. Seeing Parallax on the cover does spoil a plot point of this issue, but it can’t be helped. This is a good representation of what happens, but this is not what actually occurs. So you’ve been teased, but not told. Overall grade: B
The story: Hal appeared at the end of last month’s issue, so Lantern fans will have a good idea how this issue begins, and they’d be right. After a quick exchange, the three members of the Sinestro Corps attack Hal and it goes as one would expect. Writer Cullen Bunn starts things in typical Lantern fashion. If you’ve read at least the last three years of the main Green Lantern title this is how things have to go when Hal and Sinestro meet. So why should you read this if it’s so predictable? Every Lantern fan will be interested in the tale that begins on Page 8. Sinestro reveals what he did at the end of Geoff Johns’s run, with the surprise on Pages 16 and 17 being a double-paged spread and Sinestro being absolutely stunning. A new aspect to his character now puts him in a different power level. The best stories written are the ones that make a reader go, “That makes sense. Why wasn’t that done long ago?” This is that change. It’s a perfect fit for the man in yellow and it completely changes the types of foes he’ll fight. I’m surprised this wasn’t revealed last month, but Hal is a better individual to reveal this before. I did laugh at the Danzig line, but I really doubt that Hal would know who that is, let alone listen to him. The final five pages have some fantastically written narration given by Sinestro and put his character back at the top of DC’s arrogant and powerful’s top ten. After this issue, he’s only rivaled by Lex Luthor. Sinestro is awesome in this outing. Overall grade: A+
The art: I’m still not used to Dale Eaglesham’s art. His Sinestro is pretty thick. I’m used to him being a slender elitist. The emotions on his face are perfect: he looks wonderfully superior, angry, sad, and, finally, satisfied. I have no complaints about his emoting or the poses he strikes. He’s just chunky in the head and trunk. It’s just an artistic choice that’s challenging me. Hal also looks a bit chunky at times, but not as often. Case in point, Page 2’s first and last panels–That doesn’t look like the same character because he’s gained about twenty pounds by the end of the page. The Sinestro Corps members look good and when they wield their rings their constructs are cool. The art really shines on the double-paged splash of 16 and 17. That’s a great scene that is worthy of the two pages and Eaglesham really makes it shine. The final panel shows no artist does head tilted sinister better than Eaglesham. Overall grade: A-
The colors: Nice work by Jason Wright on this issue. He really makes all the Lantern constructs seem as if they’re magic. He’s particularly adept at making Sinestro’s eyes absolutely piercing. The work done on characters’ muscles is also well done, especially on the lead and Hal. When 16 and 17 appear, the coloring really brings the moment to life. The oranges and yellows are sharp. The final panel is also a stand out with Sinestro looking ominous. Overall grade: A+
The letters: Go-to Lantern letterer Dave Sharpe creates dialogue, character identifiers, several yells, and opening credits for this issue. I would have liked to have some sounds when the action occurs, but that’s not his decision, sadly. I enjoyed what Sharpe contributed, but wanted to “hear” more of the battles. Overall grade: B
The final line: A turning point for Sinestro, who’s now been redefined. Must reading for Lantern, anti-hero, villain, DC, or comics fans. 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.