In Review: Sinestro #6

A great Sinestro tale, a great Godhead installment, a great book.

The covers: As with the previous outstanding Godhead covers on other Lantern books, this issue has tremendous font showcasing a quote from the issue, this one being “What use is fear against the fury of a god?” The image to the text’s right is Sinestro brandishing two spiky sword constructs, as he protects a woman on the ground behind him. In the bottom strip that features all the contributors to this issue (save Dave Sharpe–Shame on you, DC!), are the angry eyes of helmeted Orion. Nice image by Guillem March and Tomeu Morey, with the fury of Sinestro being more than evident. I love the blinding yellow background, which makes this cover stand out against all others on the shelves. The Variant cover is by Bart Sears and Michael Atiyeh and it has the title character looking like he’s melded with Tim Curry from the movie Legend. Sinestro is a demon with gigantic horns and beckoning talons, showcasing the power of his ring. The background looks like lava, with its deep orange colors, disrupted by black spots or the yellow flame peeling off the yellow ring’s leader. Wow! Overall grades: Main A- and Variant A+

The story: Godhead: Act I, Part VI “Sacrifice” by Cullen Bunn has a whole lot happen with the Sinestro Corps! The issue opens on New Korugar (formerly Necropolis), in Sector 3567, licking their wounds from the events of Godhead #1. Dez asks why Sinestro did nothing as an unknown woman, more powerful than their leader, could only watch as Arkillo was stripped of his ring. The leader of this corps asks Lyssa if she can find this woman, and this gives readers a two page summary of what’s been happening in other Lantern titles, with Black Hand making a surprise appearance. She can only see all consuming darkness. Since she can’t help satisfactorily, Sinestro contacts Despotellis who hopped onto Arkillo’s ring when it was taken. He reports the woman is a New God named Bekka and is currently engaged in attacking the Indigo Tribe while some of the Green Lantern Corps try to defend them. Sinestro decides they should go there. This is a mammoth battle issue with the Indigos and the Greens wondering why the Sinestro Corps is deciding to join in. The reason is not revealed until the penultimate page and it firmly establishes Sinestro as one bad individual. I was shocked, but upon thinking out his logic, why should I have been surprised at what he did? This is perfectly in line with the character and certainly made him more fearsome! Great issue and continuation of the Godhead story. Overall grade: A 

The art: Two pencillers on this issue, Dale Eaglesham and Martin Coccolo, and two inkers, Eaglesham and Scott Hanna. I wish that one of the book’s editors, Darren Shan or Matt Idelson, had identified who was responsible for what. The book looks fine as a whole. There’s not much variation in styles that I can identify, but there are certain pages that look super and I would like to credit the responsible individuals. The double-paged splash of 4 and 5 looks good, with all the major players of the first five issues of Godhead in action. Pages 7 and 8 is a partial double-paged spread with an amazing amount of detail as the New God soldiers attack the Indigos and Greens, and then there’s the wonderful cavalry double-paged spread on 13 and 14. I also really enjoyed the bottom of Page 17 which featured five characters just floating as they watched the battle. Their stances show the power they command. The visuals on this look good. Overall grade: A

The colors: Jason Wright has a lot to do on this book because of all the settings and characters and he does a fantastic job. The flashback at the top of Page 2 is a wonder in yellow, the coloring on the character at the bottom of 3 amazing, the first double-paged splash excellent, the purple, pink, and green on 7 and 8 great, the glow on Arkillo on 10 magnificent, and Pages 13 and 14 absolutely beautiful. This is a fantastic showcase for Wright to show his talent. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Dave Sharpe provides scene setting, dialogue, opening title and credits, a transmission, Arkillo speak, sounds,and screams. The ending WA-THOOMs are perfect! Overall grade: A

The final line: A great Sinestro tale, a great Godhead installment, a great book. 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.

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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