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Green Lantern #23.4 - Sinestro Review


All the aspects of Sinestro's origin are explored in this Villains Month issue!

The Good

What made Sinestro the baddie he is today? How did this once mighty member of the Green Lantern Corps become said group's biggest foe?

By far, the coolest part of this whole issue is the bordering along the outside of the pages for the majority of the issue. While it is the same border design for all the pages, it's still really cool looking and adds this mythological or lore feel to the story. Now, not every issue of every story needs a unique look like this, but because this issue is all about Sinestro, Hal Jordan's oldest enemy, it's a perfect addition to the overall issue. It gives this issue a real feel of importance.

While this recaps a lot of what happened to Sinestro during his early years as a Green Lantern and what happened to him during Johns' run, writer Matt Kindt expands on Sinestro's final days as a member of the Green Lantern Corps and his relationship with his wife, Arin Sur. Much of this book can be described as a "behind the scenes" issue, which is pretty cool to see. Kindt does a fine job of showing us why and how Sinestro came to be the villain he is today. He wasn't always a bad dude. Kindt really gives us a fuller character here.

The art on this book is amazatastic. Dale Eaglesham (art) and Andrew Dalhouse (colors) provide some fine storytelling through art. Each panel really fits into this idea that we're learning the story of Sinestro, almost like a children's tale, with tons of violence and an enslavement of an entire planet. Dalhouse's colors are just so perfect. The guy does amazing things with shading. His colors can really define the look of a book, and he's been killing it with the cosmic stuff as of recent (this and THRESHOLD).

The Bad

It's really a recap issue to Sinestro's origin and what he was up to during Geoff Johns run. Long-time GREEN LANTERN readers may be a bit bummed with it, even though the execution of this issue was stellar.

The Verdict

This issue was really REALLY close to a 5/5 for me. It was a lot of fun, but as a longtime GL fan, it really did have this overall "recap" feel. The art team of Eaglesham and Dalhouse do a great job here. The borders around the pages are especially brilliant. This is a great place for those interested in the series or this character to jump on and learn more about Sinestro. Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

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Posted by Mulder15

I'd've given it 5 stars. It was done really well.

Posted by MaccyD

Was much of the origin/early days changed for new 52?

Posted by nappystr8

I really hated this issue. Not only are Sinestro's current whereabouts a very interesting story that could have been told, but he is also one of the few villians who has been so well fleshed out in the past, and who's history has changed so little since the New 52, that there is absolutely no reason for an origin issue. I'm sure DC forced Kindt to write an origin, because they want to save Sinestro's present day story for the upcoming Sinestro Corps book. But knowing that didn't make my enjoyment of this book any better.

Even with an origin, there is no reason it had to be told completely through narration. Prose is wonderful, but if I want prose, I'll read a novel. I want a comic to actively engage me, not sit me down for story time. It's the same reason I though Before Watchmen: Ozymandias was the weakest of those books.

Posted by DoomDoomDoom

Giant recap aside, it's well written and beautiful. I would love to see more books with intricate borders like this one.

Edited by Cavemold

i have to agree it had recap feel indeed agreed with 4/5 , The panels were great. Nice layout

Posted by Superbat420

@nappystr8: your the only person who felt that way lol

Edited by ajshadowhawk

@superbat420: I agree with nappystar. This was a weak issue because it was a recap. With a present-time story, it could have been really good. Of course, I wanted to know how Sinestro was going to make his return... ah well.

Posted by nappystr8

@superbat420: I never claim to speak for anyone but myself. And to me it was a very well drawn and beautifully written waste of my time and money.

Posted by Herokiller12344

1. That's the exact same cover from Mongul. Did DC run out of ideas already?

2. Haven't we learned enough about Sinestro under Johns?

Posted by Superbat420

@nappystr8: that's how I feel about the doomsday issue so I Completly understand your frustration

Edited by kennybaese

I follow Green Lantern in trade, so I'm a bit behind. Is Sinestro back to wearing yellow now? I thought I heard that he came out of the Johns run still wearing green, but I could be mistaken.

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@herokiller12344: I think they do the same thing for all the villain's month decimal issues. I know they've used the same cover for all the Flash issues at least.

I was also hugely disappointed buy this issue since it was the one I looked forward to the most. But technically I guess it did its job as a jumping on point for new readers. Still I never would have thought I'd prefer the Solomon Grundy and Killer Frostissues to than this one. I guess I just really wanted to know what was going on with Sinestro.