Sinestro #1. Finally. With Minor Spoilers.

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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.

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Will Cullen Bunn’s Sinestro Fly?

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by Jeremy DeFatta

DC announced last night that Sinestro will get his own series in April.

Thaal Sinestro is oneof my all-time favorite comics characters, and ties with Batman as my favorite DC character. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to hear this news, until I saw who was writing it…

Now, I admit I haven’t read Cullen Bunn‘s The Sixth Gun, which I’m told is genius and certainly his best work, but his track record on non-creator-owned properties has been pretty lackluster. I have read some of his work on Captain America after Ed Brubaker‘s departure and found it wanting. His work may simply not be my cup of tea, but I have heard other people complain that his presence on a title while at Marvel was often that title’s kiss of death.

All of that aside, I may yet check out this new Sinestro series, and I encourage all of you reading this to do so. Support Sinestro. Believe in Sinestro! He deserves his own series!

He is perhaps the single greatest gift of Geoff Johns‘s run on Green Lantern, which is full to bursting with wonderful things and will be discussed in later blog entries. Johns took a silly, shallow, Snidely Whiplash-esque Silver Age villain (Seriously? A villain whose name is a play on the word “sinister”? How 60s!) and turned him into one of the most complex characters in any comic being published today. He certainly made Sinestro more interesting than Hal Jordan, the hero of the title.

Sinestro is a villain you can’t help but respect; his methods are brutal but there is reasoning (even a sort of nobility) behind them. He seeks to make the weak strong and give his people safe, peaceful lives under his rule. I’d like to hear thoughts (or even criticisms) from other fans of the character.

On a side note, I’d like to remind everyone that Sinestro was played by the amazing Mark Strong in the Green Lantern film from a couple of years ago. He may be the only reason to watch it, honestly.

Remember to support your local comic shops! Chances are very high they have back issues of Geoff Johns’s run on Green Lantern. If you haven’t checked it out yet (which seems unlikely), give it a shot. Tweet me @quaintjeremy.

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