In Review: Sinestro #21

Who knew the aftermath of a battle could be so interesting?

The cover: Wow! Who isn’t on this cover by Brad Walker, Drew Hennessy, and Jason Wright? Soranik Natu stands atop the Daily Planet, looking down at the reader uneasily. Behind her, holding her shoulder, is a smug looking Sinestro. Surrounding them are Captain Marvel, Superman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, Dez Trevius, Arkillo, Lyssa Drak, and two other members of the Sinestro Corps I can’t identify. Running around the globe atop the building is the Scarlet Speedster himself, the Flash. This is an illustration full of characters, yet no one seems smashed up against another, which shows the skills of Walker and Hennessy to be strong. Equally impressive is Wright’s work, because the colors smoothly co-exist with one another. A good feat, considering how different their costumes are. Sensational. Overall grade: A

The story: “Turning Yellow” by Cullen Bunn deals with the fallout from the end battle last issue against the might of the Paling. The new leader of the Sinestro Corps is Soranik, who explains to the reader her new position, how she feels about it, and how the people of Earth are treating the corps. Needless to say, she’s shocked. Her father is incredibly weakened given what he endured last issue and has to be held up by Lyssa. She expresses her concern to her leader, saying that she has foreseen difficulties his daughter will endure, but Sinestro rejects her prophecy. Even in his current state he swears he will save his daughter and “…save the corps…even if I cannot save myself.” As they begin to make their way through the streets, they are stopped by Superman, who is now a member of the Sinestro Corps. He wants a word with him. What he says is surprising and how Sinestro responds is priceless. While the clean up on Earth begins, three members of the corps have gone to War World because something has been detected on its surface. What’s revealed will be problematic for a future issue, because the scene returns to Earth as decisions are made that will impact the future of the corps. Outstanding story with excellent character moments. Overall grade: A+

The art: The visuals on this book are outstanding. There’s only one artist on this issue, Martin Coccolo and he is crushing the art. The opening page is a series of five panels showing the crowd’s reaction to Soranik and Sinestro’s arrival. The expressions on everyone’s face tells a story, emphasizing Soranik’s narration. The last panel sums up two characters’ feelings spectacularly. The close-ups are incredible, with evil just oozing out of every panel with Sinestro (Pages 2, 3, 4, 10, 17, and 19). And when he smiles it’s impossible not to feel a shiver down one’s spine. Other characters look terrific, Superman, Arkillo, Saint Walker, and the villain who emerges on Page 6, which is the first splash page of the issue and deservedly so. The best panel of the page occurs at the top of 12 where several individuals are shown changing. It’s eerie and beautiful, which are two adjectives that should always be used to describe this series. The final page is also a splash and it shows members of the corps flying off. It’s a great point of view by Coccolo and it’s the perfect ending. This is just a fantastic looking book. Overall grade: A+

The colors: Even though the color yellow represents fear in Green Lantern mythology, it’s absolutely gorgeous in this issue, thanks to colorist Blond and all he brings. Often this fearsome color is paired with violet, such as with the skin of Soranik and Sinestro, or in the sky. Even when in the shade, such as Sinestro is in the fourth panel on 2, he’s amazingly colored. The blues on Lyssa are also spectacular. When violence erupts in space, yellows, oranges, and roses are used and they add punch to the panels. Blond does his best work in the first panel on Page 14, which is beautiful. If only those colors didn’t represent so much evil, it would be spectacular. Blond aces this book. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Narration and dialogue (the same font), yells, sounds, Manhunter speech, ring speak, dialogue from the Scarecrow, story title, book credits, and the tease for next issue are constructed by Dave Sharpe. I’d prefer to see the narration and dialogue be different fonts, rather than be differentiated by the colors of their balloons, but Sharpe shines on everything else, with the rest looking fine, especially the sounds. Overall grade: A-

The final line: Who knew the aftermath of a battle could be so interesting? This was a terrific coda to the Paling, though troubles are now in Soranik’s future. Sensational read with outstanding visuals. 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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