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Sinestro #5 - The Demon Within Review

5

Sinestro faces down his very best frenemy Hal Jordan. And reveals something incredible about his new existence.

The Good

Last issue left us a gloriously suspenseful cliffhanger that even Thaal Sinestro himself has trouble believing is happening. Once it’s confirmed that Hal Jordan is, in fact, facing him down (which has the other meaning of confirming his daughter’s betrayal). The two go ‘round and ‘round until they realize the futility of that at which point they go verbally ‘round and ‘round about the fates of the rescued Korugarians. Cullen Bunn continues to completely redefine Sinestro as a sympathetic, yet deeply flawed, character and this issue gives us a development or two that makes him still MORE intriguing. He strikes a great balance between making Sinestro’s motivation grounded and real while not making Hal Jordan at all unreasonable or overly stubborn to try and conjure unearned sympathy for the guy who’s name is on the cover of the book. Nor does it have Sinestro try to act radically out of character to a similar end, the way he got here and the things that brought him are all believable from a character perspective, making this a villain solo book that has boundless potential to continue.

Dale Eaglesham returns on linework and, while I didn’t dislike his previous work on this title, when Rags Morales stepped on, I thought it was a much more appropriate style. I was reticent when I saw Eaglesham’s name on the cover but, whether intentionally or not, his style has gone from the old-school strongman style to a much more sleek, gaunt style of character much more apropos of the Corps that brings fear to the universe, particularly with the current lineup on the team. I love the juxtaposition that Eaglesham brings to each member of the Sinestro Corps: each one having physical attributes that are appealing while their personalities, and other parts of their physicality, are horrifying and unpredictable. Jason Wright is on colors and here too we have a change: previously I found his colors to be a little TOO sharp and crisp, a feeling that was at odds with the tone of the book, but here we see them toned down and subtle. There’s an almost sketchy quality to some panels that communicates the chaos and unpredictability of this cast.

The Bad

As great as this new direction is, the newest recruits into the Sinestro Corps are still mostly faceless (no pun intended) and devoid of strong personalities. We’ve got a great, solid base for Sinestro to stand on, but it feel like we know next to nothing of the other members of his Corps. These characters are new to comics in general and there’s a ton of potential for interesting, fresh support characters that hasn’t yet been tapped.

The Verdict

I haven’t even mentioned one of my biggest previous gripes with this series that this issue handles quickly and effectively (it’s a spoiler, so I won’t get into it), adding to its list of accomplishments. I was a fan of the title previously, but this issue elevates it in so many ways and so effectively that I’d say it’s on the track to being a must-read. Villain books aren’t easy to pull off, Bunn just makes it look that way.

17 Comments
Edited by CaptainMarvel4Ever

Such an amazing issue, a 5/5 well earned. Cullen Bunn writes this PERFECTLY, his dialogue between Hal and Sinestro is so engaging that I actually believe everyone would step aside just to listen to them talk. He also knows how to write Sinestro just right, someone devious and better then you, who believes he is in the right. Also the art fits this book perfectly, it's very well done. I especially like all the little details and panel lay out throughout the book.

All in all this is everything I would want from a Sinestro series.

Posted by timelord

A great read I am pumped for Cullen Bunn's Lobo series this man was born to write villains.

Posted by czechoslovakia

LOVED IT. I love Hal/Sinestro interaction, friendly or not. This issue was great and I'm really pumped for the new gods

Edited by DedrabbiT

Such a stellar issue.

Posted by TruthTeller

He mastered paralax. Wow

Edited by Fallschirmjager

I can't wait to see Bunn's take on Lobo. This guy is killing it from the villain/anti hero perspective,

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Nice

Posted by GraniteSoldier

I'm planning on getting this is trades since I'm really digging Green Lantern. And Cullen Bunn is incredible. Not surprised this is a good read, I don't think I've read anything bad from Bunn.

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Posted by patrat18

I can't wait to see Bunn's take on Lobo. This guy is killing it from the villain/anti hero perspective,

LOVED IT. I love Hal/Sinestro interaction, friendly or not. This issue was great and I'm really pumped for the new gods

@timelord said:

A great read I am pumped for Cullen Bunn's Lobo series this man was born to write villains.

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

This book is so damned good! The writing and art are top notch and I love how Sinestro is shaped as both sympathetic and arrogant as hell simultaneously. Mastering Parallax proves he's the baddest MF to ever don a ring and I loved how Hal sulked after Sinestro's display. Wow jut wow...

Posted by mysoulz

This just proves Sinestro is still capable of order and control with lantern superiority. There's other parts in this issue that answers what was going on in the first issue.

Awesome issue. The best one so far.

Posted by LarryAshlynn

Such a good book.

Posted by DJCG

Favorite DC book this week, this series is getting better and better!

Posted by TDK_1997

I am surprised of the great job Bunn is doing so far with this book. This is simply one of my favorite books out there.

Posted by AmirK47

Great review. Agreed 100% with the 5 stars

Posted by SavageDragon

Wow, everyone else's comments are spot on. I'm glad to see some positivity and praise in the comment sections. I loved this issue as well. Sinestro is such an interesting character and a complete badass.

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@timelord said:

A great read I am pumped for Cullen Bunn's Lobo series this man was born to write villains.

a Lobo series is happening?!?!?!?!

shit! stoked as hell for that! especially if Cullen Bunn is writing that, i got no worries