by Jeremy DeFatta
Good day, everyone! Here at last is my review of Cullen Bunn and Dale Eaglesham’s Sinestro #1. I will try and keep things general where appropriate, but be forewarned. This review contains spoilers, but hopefully nothing that will ruin the story for potential readers. I hope to go more in-depth with reviews of future issues. Issue #2 is out this week, so look for a review of it soon. I promise it will come out more quickly than this one did. Anyway, let’s dive in.
The issue opens with Thaal Sinestro in self-imposed exile on some miscellaneous alien world with creatures that look like 12-legged sabretooth tigers. He no longer appears to be bound to the Parallax entity, which might be explained in Forever Evil #7, also out this week. Lyssa Drak, keeper of the Book of Parallax, appears to Sinestro and pleads with him to once again take an interest in events across the universe, apparently continuing the mission she began in Green Lantern #23.4 during Villains Month.
Drak lists several reasons why the universe needs Sinestro again, and the most notable of those are, 1) Arkillo (Sinestro’s old second-in-command) is forming and arming a new Yellow Lantern Corps; 2) there is the new threat of a “religion of anti-emotion” connected with some disease called the Paling spreading throughout space and looking to be likely antagonists later on; and 3) there are survivors of the destruction of Korugar, Sinestro’s homeworld (see the end of Geoff Johns’s run on Green Lantern). This last point piques Sinestro’s interest and the two of them go searching for survivors together, gather a few for safekeeping, and are confronted by Arkillo in open space.
As I pointed out earlier this year, I’m on the fence about Cullen Bunn’s writing abilities. He’s really hit or miss. With this first issue, he’s setting up some interesting long-term action and development for Sinestro, and I believe he’ll show us a Sinestro similar to the one we are used to seeing. My primary concern going in was that Bunn might try to alter Sinestro in order to leave his mark on the character, but I don’t see that happening. That said, I’m on board with the story for now. Further, Dale Eaglesham’s art is wonderful so far and speaks for itself.
As I said, I’ll return soon with a review of the next issue of Sinestro once I’m able to read it. I changed things up a bit this time around and read a digital version of Sinestro #1 I bought from comiXology. I’ll likely get #2 the same way. Pricing aside, there’s something to being able to get a comic whenever you want it and always having the ability to download it. I’m by no means fully switching over from visiting my local comic shop, but having options is always preferable.
On a side note, Sinestro is also factoring pretty heavily into Year Two of Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo’s Injustice: Gods Among Us. If you are not already reading that book, you should consider it. Look into my review of an earlier issue for my thoughts on the title.
Look for my next review soon, and let me know your thoughts on this one in the comments below. Tweet me @quaintjeremy.
Unlettered Sinestro #1 cover image by Dale Eaglesham. Sinestro likeness, etc., © DC Comics