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Sinestro #4 - Inquisition Review

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The Inquisition finally crosses paths with the leader of Yellow Lanterns.

The Good

Cullen Bunn has, over the last three issues, given us an interesting Sinestro story. Creating an interesting story around a villain is worth a limited series, but in order to sustain an ongoing, the central protagonist has to begin to be sympathetic to the reader. This issue accomplishes that with a surprising economy. It begins with the much-talked about (at least in previous issues) Inquisition finding their way to Sinestro and immediately demanding he surrender all emotional ties. This goes over about as well as one would expect, and the battle isn’t without casualties. We get to see inside some of Sinestro’s deepest anxieties, which is actually quite different from seeing his fears. His anxieties go a long way to humanizing him and showing us that, even if he’s a monster that we’d never want to be associated with, he’s still a person and, as much as he’d deny it until he’s...whatever color purple people turn when they’re out of breath, he has very relatable hangups. This doesn’t break the ultra-arrogant exterior, it only lifts it to show us the turmoil underneath. The supporting cast, particularly Soranik and the other Yellow Lanterns get some development of their own and most come out of it looking ever more intriguing except, perhaps, for Lyssa Drak who actually doesn’t feel like she needs all that much development. She’s a sentient terror, which is why she wouldn’t be likely to sustain her own ongoing series but fits in perfectly to this one. Watching Sinestro continue to try to win over his daughter is, as always, a highlight of the issue as that also further humanizes him to some extent. No matter how arrogant or powerful he is, the trials of fatherhood elude him.

Rags Morales explodes on the scene in this issue and I’m thrilled to welcome him to it. I didn’t actively dislike Dale Eaglesham on the title, but I think his exaggerated, muscular style clashed with the tone of darkness and horror. Morales draws the Yellow Corps slender, gaunt, thin and even svelte and that is the look that I think suits the title's tone better. The visuals are muddy and blurred, but not indistinct nor hard to follow. It’s a style that compliments the general tone of moral ambiguity and fear that the title is absolutely drenched in, and it works wonders, much of it owing to colorist Jason Wright. I wouldn’t say the colors in this issue “pop” but I also don’t think they should, particularly as the dulling of emotion is one of the key points.

The Bad

First things first: The cover of this issue is something of a spoiler. I wouldn’t have AS much of a problem with it if it were at all indicative of the book’s internal content before the final page.

Without giving away too much, the Inquisition is dealt with in relatively brief and tidy fashion considering how much hype there was surrounding them. I get that it was only within this book, which has three issues before it, but they were given a great deal of weight. It’s heavily implied that this isn’t the end of them, but after this issue their credibility as a major threat is undermined somewhat. I love the character moments in this issue, but the overall plot takes a backseat leading to a final page reveal.

The Verdict

The characters are what have made this book great and they’re what continue to make this issue great. Sinestro has scarcely been this interesting or sympathetic in a long, long time and his Corps is now populated by more than just ravening monsters whose only question is where their next kill will come from. While those ARE still a presence, the more interesting, if off-putting, characters are getting the spotlight they have thus far earned. The plot’s may have its problems, but they’re more than eclipsed by the strength of this cast.

24 Comments
Posted by crizzcross

Is sinestro still Parallax?

Posted by micah

Getting to read a Yellow Lantern book one week.....awesome, getting to read a Red Lantern book one week.....incredible, getting to read them both in the same week...........priceless.

Posted by TheMagicStik

Is sinestro still Parallax?

No he would have a different outfit if he did.

Posted by ShadowHuntR

@themagicstik: The outfit doesn't always change just so you know. Whe Kyle controlled most of the entities, he had his regular White Lantern outfit.

But you are right, he isn't Parallax anymore.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

WHich is better Cullen Bunn Series right now? Magneto or Sinestro?

Posted by ShadowHuntR

@madeinbangladesh: Haven't read Magneto but the Sinestro serie is actually pretty good.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

WHich is better Cullen Bunn Series right now? Magneto or Sinestro?

They're both fantastic. If I had to pick I'd give a slight edge to Magneto, only because its been on longer and been fantastic every issue.

But seriously. Read both. You can find something else to drop if need be :p

Posted by Zeeguy91

@madeinbangladesh said:

WHich is better Cullen Bunn Series right now? Magneto or Sinestro?

They're both fantastic. If I had to pick I'd give a slight edge to Magneto, only because its been on longer and been fantastic every issue.

But seriously. Read both. You can find something else to drop if need be :p

I can't wait for the newly announced Lobo series he's working on to drop. Its going to be great.

So, is Cullen Bunn now like the go-to-guy for writing focusing in on anti-heroes?

Posted by HolySerpent

Another good issue

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

@crizzcross: nope. Parallax is behind the Source Wall with the other Emotional Entities.

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite books and Sinestro's my favorite Lantern so I'm glad to see him get a book.

Posted by Onemoreposter

Anyone else miss the days when villains could just be plain evil and everyone single one didn't have to have some sob story..

Posted by andrewwann7

I'm currently reading Green Lantern, do I need to pick this up, cause i see Hal on the cover, are they crossing over?

Posted by bladewolf

I'm currently reading Green Lantern, do I need to pick this up, cause i see Hal on the cover, are they crossing over?

No, you can skip it if you want, but I'd suggest buying it because this series is great!

Posted by Squalleon

Anyone else miss the days when villains could just be plain evil and everyone single one didn't have to have some sob story..

I see what you mean. It is something that bothered me for a long time but characters like Sinestro and Magneto are so good that it would be a shame if we limit them to the role of a villian. And in the case of Magneto his role was fluctuating since the 80s.
Also you get bored after a while if the same villains are used again and again. The best villians are the ones used rarely like the Joker and Luthor oh! Wait :P

Posted by Fresh Prince
Posted by WaveMotionCannon

@fresh_prince: they didn't, I made a mistake had to go back and reread the "Lights Out Saga" again. All the other 7 entities sacrificed themselves to replenish the reservoir but parallax. That doesn't explain Sinestro not having him in this series.

Posted by COBRAMORPH

Are they finally calling them Yellow Lanterns?

& wouldnt it be better to give each Lantern Corp a book if you are going to keep the other around. Does anyone really care about the Blue or Indigo Lantern corps at all? I mean, you'd think DC would try to get some use out of the Blue's exposure in the GL-cgi show. They got quite a bit of focus.

Posted by Knightfall225

This series has been great so far and the supporting characters are awesome.

Posted by Fresh Prince

@wavemotioncannon: Okay yeah because I remember Sinestro leaving with Parallax and Kyle having only the others. I remember Sinestro saying that Parallax left him in the first issue not sure where and what supposedly happened though.

Posted by GraniteSoldier

@madeinbangladesh said:

WHich is better Cullen Bunn Series right now? Magneto or Sinestro?

They're both fantastic. If I had to pick I'd give a slight edge to Magneto, only because its been on longer and been fantastic every issue.

But seriously. Read both. You can find something else to drop if need be :p

I've not read either this or Magneto but pretty much everything I've read from Venom to Deadpool minis that Bunn has written is fantastic. He can write many different characters and types of personalities.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

@fallschirmjager said:

@madeinbangladesh said:

WHich is better Cullen Bunn Series right now? Magneto or Sinestro?

They're both fantastic. If I had to pick I'd give a slight edge to Magneto, only because its been on longer and been fantastic every issue.

But seriously. Read both. You can find something else to drop if need be :p

I've not read either this or Magneto but pretty much everything I've read from Venom to Deadpool minis that Bunn has written is fantastic. He can write many different characters and types of personalities.

It seems like Cullen Bunn is the ultimate writer who writes characters that turned into a hero or anti-hero from a villain.

Posted by GraniteSoldier

@granitesoldier said:

I've not read either this or Magneto but pretty much everything I've read from Venom to Deadpool minis that Bunn has written is fantastic. He can write many different characters and types of personalities.

It seems like Cullen Bunn is the ultimate writer who writes characters that turned into a hero or anti-hero from a villain.

Yeah, that's probably a fair statement to make.

It just seems like he is good at researching anyone he's writing to stay true to who they are while developing them into how he sees them as well.

I'm sure he has some poor works under his belt, I just don't know what they are haha.

Posted by clayscarface

It's kind of funny that the first thing criticized (the cover) is what has finally made me interested in this story. Not sure why, but something about the drama and the composition makes me actually want to read this, despite having next to zero desire to for the last 3 issues.