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Review: Sinestro #1 (2014)

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Sinestro #1 (2013)

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Sinestro #1 may not surge past the other host of Green Lantern titles, but it does provide a solid experience that is a cut above the rest in its immediate outing. Sinestro is a complex, multifaceted character that has had a deep impact on the Green Lanterns since his creation in 1961 and subsequent revival in Geoff Johns’ reimagining of the Green Lantern Corps. In Sinestro’s absence, the colored corpsmen of the stars have all shifted egregiously with new creative teams, however his omission has been noted and quite poignant.

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The first issue opens with a sweeping shot of a forgotten world uninhabited by a people long lost. It is Star Wars-esque in the strictest since— A planet covered in overgrown jungles that hides once proud temples in darkness, which fits Sinestro just as appropriately as it does for Yoda in “The Empire Strikes Back.” Once Sinestro is introduced to the reader, the focus immediately shifts from the luscious (but grim) backdrop to the contemplative and obviously tormented, Sinestro.

Sinestro is a stage stealer because Cullen Bunn pens him perfectly. Bunn balances the anti-heroic qualities of Sinestro with the variegations of his past and current mindset, while also providing details, clues, and background to the newcomer on where Sinestro has been and where he now needs to go. Dale Eaglesham fills out this portrayal by providing grace and gravitas to Sinestro’s actions and surroundings. Each panel tells a part of the story, and no space is wasted— Jason Wright’s colors are vibrant and hold true to the bright pages of the accompanying Green Lantern titles, which have become a staple and anchor for longtime readers.

The issue’s depiction of Sinestro straddles the line between likability and nuanced villainy, while simultaneously beginning to layer in the foundation for Sinestro's further exploits. With old characters of the Sinestro Corps re-introduced to bump up the cast of the book, along with new agendas stemming out of Sinestro's self-imposed exile, this new DC series looks to be shaping up to be a decent, solid addition to one of the most interesting parts of the DC Universe.

Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Dale Easglesham obviously have a direction and a focus, and if the quality of the first issue is any indication than this is a must-read by any fan remotely interested in the off world exploits of the DC universe.

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