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Off My Mind: War of the Green Lanterns—The Fate of Sinestro

With the 'War' over, what will happen to the Lanterns' greatest enemy?

Sinestro has been made into a complex character over the last few years. Originally designed to be a former Green Lantern that decided to abuse his power and rule his planet with a (green) iron fist, he soon became one of the Green Lantern's greatest villains. As his character received updates in the 80s and recently in Green Lantern: Secret Origin, we got to witness more of his time as an actual Green Lantern. We saw that he was indeed a great member of the Green Lantern Corps.

Not satisfied with the emotionless control and direction the Guardians of the Universe insisted on taking, this is when he changed and fell from grace. Recent events in Brightest Day and War of the Green Lanterns has shown that there is more to him than just being a villain dressed in yellow. It's also been made clear that the Guardians haven't always made the right decisions.

Last week's Green Lantern #67 has changed everything. The change is one that many have seen coming but never thought would happen. Regardless, the results are still shocking to actually see and we're left wondering what will be the final fate of Sinestro? (Note: there will be spoilers below).

== TEASER ==

In comic books, characters often switch sides. We've seen villains turn into heroes and heroes turn into villains. In some cases, as with Sinestro currently or previously with Hal Jordan, we'll see a hero turn into a villain and then turn back into a hero. Now it is time for Sinestro to undergo another change. The change has been made without him actually realizing it.

In order to deal with the threat of Krona, who had become even more powerful at the end of War of the Green Lanterns, Hal Jordan made a tactical decision in how to resolve the situation. This did not go well for him. What we saw during was a change in Sinestro. He was no longer the one-dimensional villain often seen in the past. The fact that he has been willing to set aside his differences and work with Hal and Carol Ferris during Brightest Day (in search of the White Entity) says something for him. Sinestro isn't a true villain. He just has strong beliefs and thinks he knows the best way to deal with things.

Sinestro has a firm believer in the Green Lantern Corps. He knew inside the potential they possessed and that they could bring order to the galaxy. It was just his methods that needed a little work. At the end of War of the Green Lanterns, something changed in Sinestro. He might have had some respect for Hal Jordan in the past during their numerous encounters but it was here that he finally allowed it to come to the front of his mind. Seeing how far Hal was willing to go for the sake of the Green Lantern Corps reminded Sinestro what the Corps meant to him. This is why he was chosen to become the newest Green Lantern. As was the case before Mogo sent off the rings to new recruits, the ring chose Sinestro to become a Green Lantern.

Heroes turning into villains turning into heroes. How long will this last? Hal Jordan is going to have quite a time adjusting to his new situation. Hal has been seen becoming addicted to the power of the ring and the feeling that he was the only one that could save the universe. Sinestro now has to deal with being a Green Lantern once again. Is this something he can fully embrace? Knowing Sinestro, it's clear that he would not agree with what happened to Hal. While he may not agree with the Guardians and the decisions they make, it would be easy to see Sinestro doing his absolute best to restore the Corps to where he feels it should be. Knowing that he has been chosen and has been given another chance, he will once again become one of the greatest Green Lanterns around.

How long will this last? The Corps has gone through some changes since he was last a member. They now are sanctioned to use extreme force if the situation calls for it. If he can stay relatively close to the guidelines the Guardians wish the Corps to follow, Sinestro shouldn't have a hard time keeping his sector in line. But where will he fit in with the rest of the Universe? What will the members of the Sinestro Corps think? They despise the Guardians and the GL Corps so seeing Sinestro back in green will be interpreted as a sign of betrayal. Who is going to step up into his shoes and lead this Corps? Will this mean more trouble for the Universe to have them running around without Sinestro's focused guidance?

I may not be a fan of villains turning into heroes, Sinestro may be a different case. This is quite a shake up and we all have the feeling that things with him and Hal will return to normal eventually. For now, there is a lot of potential in this. Sinestro is getting a chance to redeem himself even if he didn't realize he wanted the opportunity. Hal and the other GL members will have to deal and accept this change as they wait for Sinestro to crack and revert to his evil ways. Change can be a good thing once in a while. Sinestro as a Lantern will definitely shake things up and give us something a little different that what we've been seeing lately.

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Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Will this even translate into the revamp that is coming up? That's an honest question I think.  Otherwise...I think it could be an interesting twist but somehow I just don't see him sticking it out for long in the green once more. He's just far too passionate and opinionated to remain an entity of will.

Posted by TheAntiVillain

i think that the revamp will keep most of the history that geoff's run. because with secret origins they (DC) pretty much revamped green lantern's history. I think it will simply be a renumbering to coincide with dc's revamp

Posted by Grim

 That was an epic issue of GL for sure. 
  I hope this lasts more than a couple months. The Rings can kill now, and im sure the Sinestro Corps. will be plenty torn about fighting/obeying him now that he is Green. 

Posted by fitchy101

Yeah, well they've sort of set it up so they can start at issue 1 without too much confusion .

Posted by CurbsideProphet

Not one of, he's THE best.

Posted by Eyz

It's a nice development!
Love the GL titles. Always in constant change, always in motion. (like the cosmos, ya know!)

Posted by twisted17

It does boggle the mind just what will happen to the SInestro Corps. I mean ' SINESTRO' corps... Sets off quite the paradox doesn't it?

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

im not so mad about Sinestro being a GL anymore but i still cant get over how much the gaurdians suck.  
 
they just keep screwing Hal over and over and over. He shouldnt even feel guilty over what happened with Parallax because it was THEIR fault not his. They dont deserve their positions and ill be very pleased if they get their heads beat in
Posted by GBrutality

okay, i'm not a huge green lantern fan, and if anyone has seen any of my comments ever i'm sure it was complaining in some form about the retooling being done with the dc line. but this brings me to not so much complaining, as is questioning that if hal jordan was stripped of his power, then how come on all the upcoming Justice League covers is he on them as green lantern? anybody?

Posted by Skies327

Greatest. Green Lantern. Ever.
 
Long live Thaal Sinestro.

Posted by gui22

Im still wondering whats Hal going to do out of this mess....He killed krona thats a feat for sure.

Posted by KnightlyTales

Have to agree with Avenging-X-Bolt. Sinestro coming back as a GL? Hey, he was ALWAYS in agreement for what the Corps stood for, just not HOW it was handled by the Guardians. The interesting part will be to see for whom the yellow ring tolls. As far as the Guardians, Jordan was right, they need help. They need SERIOUS psychological help. I was really disappointed that the issue with them ended so quickly with the entities vacating, there was no recovery. I suppose the entitiies were just that anxious to leave a vacuum. And Krona was a Guardian? When? He was labeled a renegade several times by the Guardians and they even tried to get rid of him themselves. He was the same race, does that mean all of their race are Guardians? The issue revelations went a bit quick, hopefully things will string out and some things get explained. If Ganthet is in trouble, what about Gardener?  
 
But to the topic - who knew that all Sinestro needed was a little Hal Jordan pep talk?
 
Ah well - all hail Thaal Sinestro 

Posted by HeroSupreme

Are they going to rename the Sinestro Corps? I hope they come up with something better than "Yellow Lantern Corps"

Posted by Transmetal

When I saw that I looked back on a single quote from Tales of the Sinestro Corps, Lyssa Draak atg the end of Sinestro's tale said "he was the greatest green lantern, and he will be again"...something tells me Geoff Johns has been planning this for awhile.

Posted by MisterMollusk

It'd be nice to see what happens with The Weaponer as a recent addition of the Sinestro Corps and how he reacts to this. Also, it will be interesting to see how the rest of the GLs react to Sinestro considering that he was responsible for murdering a great number of them in the Sinestro Corps war. Also looking forward to seeing his interaction with his daughter. I wonder if he's going to care at all about redeeming himself. I'd rather see him not give a damn, but simply kick so much ass that everyone has to respect him.

Posted by Shieldbearer
@MisterMollusk

"I'd rather see him not give a damn, but simply kick so much ass that everyone has to respect him."  
 
Agreed. He is the greatest of Green Lanterns for a reason. He is all about reform and results. Sinestro has always loved the GLC, just not how it was managed! I look forward to the DCnU #1 of Green Lantern with Sinestro at the helm, this is going to be great.
Posted by garrison12795

I wish that Sinestro'd stay a Green Lantern after this, join the Justice League, etc.
Posted by doordoor123

I think this is a great idea. Lets see if DC can handle a villain turned heel better than Marvel did with Magneto. They both arent really villains in a true sense, and I think this will be very interesting. Green Lantern is going to be my most anticipated book.
Posted by mikeclark1982

how did i NOT know this?!?!!? i mean the new green lantern covers were so vague! 

Posted by mikeclark1982

and then, amazon and dc already spoiled it! PS, if you havent read it like i have, it comes out in november! here is the description DC sent amazon  
 
" A malevolent force has usurped control over all the Green Lantern power batteries, leaving the Corps powerless except for a select few members. Now it's up to Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Sinestro to regain control - but can these warriors overcome their differences in time to save the universe?" 
 look who they include in the glc! SINESTRO! SPOILED ALREADY!!!

Posted by Nocall

Honestly, I liked Sinestro as a...well, he was never REALLY a true villain, I suppose...anti-villain? 
 
Heroes are great and all, but when you can have a nice, dynamic bad guy with more of a motive than "I want to destroy everything!" or "I want to be king of everything!" it really makes for an interesting story. Sinestro was/is? one of those bad guys. 

Posted by ImperiousRix

I've always liked Sinestro (well, as much as a non-fan of the Green Lantern series can like him, anyway).  

I personally think it was only a matter of time before he became a Green Lantern anti-hero, again.  He's too popular and has far too many redeeming qualities to keep being a villain.  

Now the only problem with him being a good guy is his name.  "Sinestro" isn't exactly a name that instills confidence in people who need assistance.

Posted by Feliciano2040

Is nobody going to ask how he got the ring in the first place ? Mogo is dead (thanks Johns).

Posted by kennybaese

I was re-reading all of my Green Lantern trades last week (all of the Geoff Johns stuff anyway) and there's a scene right after the Sinestro Corps War were Sinestro tells Jordan that he's already won because lethal force had been enabled. He basically says that he built the Sinestro Corps to shape the Green Lantern Corps into (pulling out of Rage of the Red Lanterns trade) "a force of order capable of crushing any and all chaos... whatever threat comes in the form of darkness will be easily incinerated by the green light."

He then goes on to say "I believe in the Green Lantern Corps, Hal Jordan. Do you?" I think just this one scene proves that Sinestro was always a Green Lantern, he just didn't agree with how he was being told to be a Green Lantern and was thrown out for it. Sinestro did what he felt was right; he put the Green Lantern Corps through a trial by fire because he wanted them to be the best that they could be. Now that the Green Lantern Corps operates the way Sinestro thinks it should (more or less), it makes sense for him to become a Green Lantern again.

@KnightlyTales said:

And Krona was a Guardian? When? He was labeled a renegade several times by the Guardians and they even tried to get rid of him themselves.

Krona was always a Guardian from before the Corps or even the Manhunters existed. The Guardians exiled him because he became obsessed with finding the beginning of the universe and was going to damage the time lines or something in the process, but still refused to stop.

Posted by Golden Cod
@nocall said:
Honestly, I liked Sinestro as a...well, he was never REALLY a true villain, I suppose...anti-villain?   Heroes are great and all, but when you can have a nice, dynamic bad guy with more of a motive than "I want to destroy everything!" or "I want to be king of everything!" it really makes for an interesting story. Sinestro was/is? one of those bad guys. 
He's more specifically a Byronic hero.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byronic_hero
Posted by DEGRAAF

i no it's been done but with Sinestro out of the way i would really like to see Mongul take lead of the Corps fully now. He has no one standing in his way and Mongul was never better then when he was creaint mutiny within the Sinestro Corps. Plus what does that make the Yellow lanterns? Do they still go by the Sinestro Corps? Can Sinestro still control the power of the rings like he did against Mongul?
Posted by leokearon

It wil be funny if Sinestro tried fro JLA membership 
 
Still I like it, even though I prefer his Sinestro Corp look
Posted by They Killed Cap!

He is going to be reconned...thats whats gonna happen
Posted by labarith

Gimmick.

Posted by The Impersonator
@twisted17: Exactly. Unless someone fills the shoes of Sinestro and his/her name will be something Corps. Or they could just stick to Yellow Lantern Corps rather than by someone's name.
Posted by Maki_P
@RedheadedAtrocitus said:
Will this even translate into the revamp that is coming up? That's an honest question I think.  Otherwise...I think it could be an interesting twist but somehow I just don't see him sticking it out for long in the green once more. He's just far too passionate and opinionated to remain an entity of will.
Sinestro is in the Cover of Green Lantern #1, so yes, this will translate.
Posted by Equonox

I really hope Arkillo takes over the SC - one of my favorite characters who should get some more spotlight

Posted by JonesDeini
@RedheadedAtrocitus said:
Will this even translate into the revamp that is coming up? That's an honest question I think.  Otherwise...I think it could be an interesting twist but somehow I just don't see him sticking it out for long in the green once more. He's just far too passionate and opinionated to remain an entity of will.
Yeah, this'll be interesting for about 5/6 issues then Hal will be back in the saddle. 
Posted by thveej

I think it be cool if Hal becomes a yellow lantern now and leads the new corp, SWITCHING PLACES !

Posted by Kallarkz
@mikeclark1982 said:
and then, amazon and dc already spoiled it! PS, if you havent read it like i have, it comes out in november! here is the description DC sent amazon  
 
" A malevolent force has usurped control over all the Green Lantern power batteries, leaving the Corps powerless except for a select few members. Now it's up to Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Sinestro to regain control - but can these warriors overcome their differences in time to save the universe?"  look who they include in the glc! SINESTRO! SPOILED ALREADY!!!
They are not stating that Sinestro is apart of the GL Corps there, even though he will be in the relaunch. 
And that description is for the Trade back for War of the Green Lanterns.
Posted by nadral

I think the book focusing on Sinestro is an awesome idea, but why are the guardians not immediately revoking his ring!? They just took Hal's, who for all he's done to harm the corps in their eyes, he's very often been protecting them from sinestro or his men. Sinestro's killed/responsible for more dead GLs than anyone else in the universe! It just makes no sense that they'd kick out only Hal. Stewart blew up Mogo,  and they apparently care more about immediately expelling Hal. 
 
I love the idea of a Sinestro book, and him in the GL sounds interesting and great, but I don't like how the guardians were portrayed. That was not the decision making process of people who've been leaders for the millions of years that the guardians have been. They should've put aside the smaller issue of Hal, and focused on ensuring the survival of the corps.

Posted by Sammo21

@RedheadedAtrocitus: considering Green Lantern #1 and #2 involve Sinestro as a Green Lantern I can only think it will.

Posted by LiquidSwords

September can't come soon enough! Feel like the Guardians are going to let Sinestro use his brand of justice to set things right in the universe. Street Justice!

Posted by Dracade102
@Feliciano2040 said:
Is nobody going to ask how he got the ring in the first place ? Mogo is dead (thanks Johns).
  
Posted by DoomDoomDoom

I'm interested in how this will play out but I can't see Sinestro staying a green lantern for long.
I hope Johns kills off the guardians.
RIP Mogo

Posted by Feliciano2040
@Dracade102: You didn't know ?
Posted by Dracade102
@Feliciano2040: ...Nope. I've gotten a little sloppy in grabbing my comics before they get sold out, recently...
Posted by Feliciano2040
@Dracade102: Don't worry man, you didn't really miss anything except another chapter in Johns' horrible writing and continued destruction of the GL mythos.
Posted by goldenkey

Marvel has done this with Magneto before, and they are doing it again.  I always like the villain turned good guy.  I'm not sure what will happen with Sinestro, but he got what he wanted with the Gaurdians changing the kill law, but when Sinestro recieved the green ring again they showed his watching Hall make a speach about imperfection and mistakes and the a look on Sinestro's face like he was thinking about something.  Could it be he feels he was wrong about some of this actions?   We'll see in the future, but I'm excited about where this might go.  I have a feeling Hal will not become a G.L. again.  At least for a while.  I see Hal becoming the leader of the Blue Lanterns like St. Walker said he was going to be. 
Posted by jloneblackheart

A book with Sinestro as the main character I will read. A book with Hal as the main character I will not. I hope Sinestro is the Greatest of the Green Lanterns for a while to come.

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Posted by kimeraevet

Kyle Rayner becomes Parallax, gets Ion taken away and becomes honor guard. Guy Gardner repeatedly uses a red ring and gets a slap on the wrist. John Stewart kills Mogo and is treated with silent respect. Hal Jordan saves the universe and he gets fired from being a Green Lantern. The comeuppance that the Guardians have coming is going to knock their little blue asses off that high horse they have.

Posted by goldenkey
@Transmetal

sure John has been planning this.  Someone on here waaaaay back when, right when Blackest Night was starting, pointed out that in the Book of Oa there is a picture of Sinestro once again a G.L.  Keep in mind that St Walker has also said the Hal Jordon will become the leader of the Blue Lanterns.  My guess is Sinestro is not going anywhere, Hal is going to become a Blue Lantern, and the Guardians all except of Ganthet is going to lose thier power.  There is a title coming out NEW GUARDIANS.  If that doesn't tell people the Guardians are finished I don't know what does. 
Posted by Pizawle

Regardless of whatever other developments arise from this, the end of the Guardians must be on the horizon. As others have mentioned, it is absolutely absurd that they get away with what they do. Pathetic, terribly outdated creatures.

Edited by Emperormeister734

 All these but this one takes the cake. I mean in my opinion this a dramatic slowly sitting down moments. THAAL SINESTRO is has become a Green Lantern again, I wonder if the Corps gonna give him a welcome back ass whoopin

Posted by _Zombie_

I was originally somewhat against him being a GL again, because I loved him as a villain(can't quite say why, but I just did).  Now reading this, my opinion is starting to change.  Pretty much anyone is preferable to Hal, though I don't hate Hal like most people, I just don't think he quite deserves the 'best lantern there is' title.  So, here's to hoping that they actually keep him like this and pull it off with good writing.

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