Sinestro #1 (DC)

Sinestro1
CREDIT: DC Comics

Rating: 4/5 – Sinestro deservedly gets his own series.
by ComicSpectrum Reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

Ever since Geoff Johns took over the Green Lantern books, Sinestro has played a pivotal role in the Green Lantern universe. The role he’s played has at times been so significant, that he has even overshadowed Hal Jordan in certain story lines. So it isn’t surprising that DC has decided to give Sinestro a shot at headlining his own book.  If newcomer Larfleeze beat him to it it’s high time for Sinestro to be headlining his own book with his name on the masthead. Sinestro has a talented creative team in writer Cullen Bunn and artist Dale Eaglesham to usher in this new series and to no surprise, there’s quite a lot to like in the first issue.

Getting the complaints out of the way first, the portrayal of Sinestro by Eaglesham isn’t necessarily what I was used to for the character, but is very fitting of Eaglesham’s style. Eaglesham is known for drawing his male characters a bit more stocky and muscular. When he took over the Fantastic Four over at Marvel, his Mr. Fantastic was much wider and more muscular than how he had been portrayed for years. It took a bit of getting used to, but still worked.  Sinestro, has always been that lean and lengthy villain with a larger and longer proportioned head. Eaglesham makes him look more “normal”, therefore losing some of that unique and disturbing appearance. That aside, the art on the book is fantastic. Eaglesham’s panels are packed with action and his art on Sinestro Corp members like Lyssa Drak and Arkillo are both frightening and powerful. The colors by Jason Wright also add to the overall look, as the opening pages and cover really draw you in, and it’s always refreshing when a cover depicts a scene that actually happens within the book!  (As an aside, it’s kind of sad that this is so unusual of late in mainstream comics that it has to be called out as a cool moment…)

Cullen Bunn weaves a solid tale that delivers not only for new readers, but also for long time Green Lantern fans. He sets the stage for this new series by giving Sinestro a new mission and focus, he incorporates an origin for new readers who may not be as familiar with this character, and includes fan favorite characters from the Sinestro Corps. It’s a tightly packed story that does what’s needed for a debut issue. I can see this book becoming one of my must read titles, which I can’t always say about the other Green Lantern related titles.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
(shawn@comicspectrum.com
)
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