In Review: Sinestro #8

Decent, but nothing to write home about.

The covers: Another Jack Kirby homage, this time to a Mister Miracle cover. Guillem March and Tomeu Morey provide the art and colors for this cover which has Sinestro bound and about to shot by several New Gods under the directive of Lightray. It’s an okay cover, but has absolutely nothing to do with this issue. Couldn’t a more story appropriate cover been appropriated from the Kirby DC catalog? Much better is the Variant cover by Darwyn Cooke which, though also having nothing to do with this month’s story, is heaven for Sinestro. He’s the ruler of his people as he’s sitting in a throne while women cook his food, bring him drink, or do his bidding. Outside four lanterns can be seen crucified. Love the halo behind his head making him holy. The violets are sensational on this. Overall grades: Main B- and Variant A+

The story: This is the penultimate chapter of the Godhead saga, with this being Act III, Part V, “War Council” by Cullen Bunn. Sinestro sneaks around New Genesis, avoiding guards. He seeks one New God that is away from the rest so he can claim some technology that he or she possesses. Using his ring he finds one such person, but he is accompanied by Devil Dog, a former member of the Sinestro Corps transformed by Highfather into being one of the God’s servants. Without hesitation, Sinestro kills his former foot soldier and attacks the New God. He acquires what he sought and then allows Parallax to deal with the young New God. Alone, Sinestro uses his ring to see if he can use his newly gained technology. Bunn has a surprising moment occur on Page 7 and this cannot bode well for Sinestro’s future. Something passes him on Page 9 leading to his reuniting with several lanterns and their cadre. Page 14 shows the title character at his most arrogant–who else would do this? No one. The conclusion of such a meeting is never in doubt based on earlier bouts, and the final page sends all the characters off to the conclusion in Green Lantern Annual #3. This didn’t seem to do much for the Godhead saga, but it did have Sinestro at his haughty best. I liked that portion of the story. Overall grade: B-

The art: I’m not loving the visuals of penciller Martin Cocollo and inker Scott Hanna. Sinestro is amazing in close up. His face just reeks of villainy every time it’s shown. He looks exceptionally awesome on Pages 4, 7 – 11, and 18. I also like the characters shown on Page 10, but that’s it. The rest of the characters look really average, and that’s a definite misstep with the second to last part of this epic and when dealing with characters calling themselves the New Gods. Highfather is particularly blasé and the construct that Sinestro creates in the latter half of the story looks terrible. The backgrounds are also very generic. Every building or room could be in any other futuristic setting in any other book. There’s nothing “new” about New Genesis. It’s difficult to rave over a book when only the main character looks good. Overall grade: C-

The colors: There’s no knocking the colors on this book. Jason Wright does a decent job on the many shades of this book. Sinestro is the stand out on every page he’s on, only trumped by Parallax when he/it appears. Page 17 is Wright’s highpoint on the book for all the colors he uses and the power he creates. I also like the sound effects and various yells bright. Overall grade: A-

The letters: Taylor Esposito provides the lettering on this issue, which includes scene settings, opening title and credits, dialogue, ring speak, sounds, and various yells. Well done in every instance. Overall grade: A

The final line: Decent, but nothing to write home about. What was needed to move this story to its conclusion could have been done in four pages. Overall grade: B

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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