In Review: Sinestro #7

Not much progression in the Godhead saga, but it sure is pretty to look at.

The covers: I haven’t been keen on these Act 2 covers to Godhead, with their computerized wraparound black lines on a white background looking like bad interpretive 1960s art. This cover is a step up because there’s more imagery on this cover by Guillem March and Tomeu Morey than there have been on other Lantern books. Sinestro looks absolutely enraged, and that’s the way he should look on covers, as he tries to belt New God goddess Bekka. She looks equally as powerful. The coloring is also top notch, with her violets and oranges being good counters to the lead’s yellows. I tip my hat to March and Morey for knowing how to do a cover that looks good. There’s also a Lego Variant cover and it’s a hoot and a half with a Lego Sinestro flying forward out of a comic book page. How could one not love a violet faced Lego figure with a penciled mustache and a snarl? I would have bought this if my store had one. Overall grade: Both A

The story: “Battleplans” by Cullen Bunn has only one page devoted to Highfather on New Genesis. It serves to introduce how he feels the many lanterns are involved with his plans. The scene then shifts to Bekka who’s being followed by a gigantic yellow projection of Sinestro. It had been eluded to his being smitten with this New God, and his behavior in this issue only furthers that idea. His dialogue with her is amazing stuff. I couldn’t tell what he was planning on doing with her, as Sinestro always has an ulterior motive for helping anyone, but it’s not revealed until Page 17 and it’s a humdinger of a proposal! Before this occurs, John Stewart and Sinestro have a great conversation on what they’re planning to do to combat the New Gods. Bunn is amazing with this pair just walking and talking. If the entire issue had been this way I would have been completely satisfied. While the two speak, their foot soldiers are mixing, and any reader of the Lantern books knows this is going to go badly. Visually, this was neat to see, but story-wise added nothing to Godhead or further anyone’s character. That’s because the focus is really on Bekka and what Sinestro is doing. A decision is quickly made in regards to the New Gods, and things end badly for everyone. Good cliffhanger, but Bekka and Sinestro stole the show. Overall grade: A-

The art: Beautiful work from Ethan Van Sciver and Geraldo Borges. The opening page on New Genesis is but a taste of what this pair can do. The floating loyal soldier of Bekka’s looks amazing, and he’s never to be seen again! Bekka is strong, regal, and beautiful, and I absolutely believe she could kill anyone she set her mind to eliminating. The giant Sinestro on Page 3 is a wonderful introduction to the title character, and the close-ups of him are magnificent. He just seethes twisted evil. The slices that the New God does to him on 4 look great, and I really like that the artists create a slick sense of motion as he heals himself in the second panel. The sequence that begins on Page 9 and goes through 13 is the stuff memories of made of. Several characters involved in using their powers to smite each other is just awesome. The individual that eventually ends the fight is incredibly strong and I love his eyes. The cowed looks on the individuals on Page 15 injected a slight bit of humor into the affair, but even that was laced with a threat in the third panel. A beautiful image comes at the end of 17 and I love the cloud effects on 18. Sciver and Borges are terrific team and I hope they remain together for a long time. Overall grade: A+

The colors: Excellent lighting effects throughout by Jason Wright. The glow from the dais that Highfather stands upon is really nice; with the glow dissipating the further it got from him. The yellow on the Sinestro projection is impeccable. It dominates every panel it’s in, as it should, and I dare any reader not to focus on it when it appears. It exemplified the arrogance of the yellow ring wielder. The backgrounds on Qward were luscious in several shades of violet. The ring slinging scenes are tremendous. Beautiful work to look at. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Dave Sharpe contributes scene settings, dialogue, projection speak, sounds, and story title and credits. Considering the many tiny panels that the artists created, it’s impressive that Sharpe is able to maintain the same font size through out the book and not resort to shrinking the font to get the text to fit. Overall grade: A

The final line: Not much progression in the Godhead saga, but it sure is pretty to look at. 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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