In Review: Sinestro #19

The story is leading to the conclusion of this war, while the visuals are full of lantern fury.

The covers: Sinestro smiles as yellow energy from his power ring streaks out placing a similar ring onto the fingers of several famous DC characters, such as Deathstroke, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Red Hood, and Harley Quinn. Nice grouping of characters with the title character looking his most evil. Well done work by Brad Walker, Drew Hennessy, and Jason Wright. The Adult Coloring Book Variant cover is by Derec Donovan. This isn’t as super detailed as I’ve seen on other covers this month, but it’s not bad. Sinestro sits upon a small asteroid, flying through space against a busy background of planets, stars, and smaller asteroids. It’s decent. Overall grades: Main A and Adult Coloring Book Variant B- 

The story: This issue by Cullen Bunn begins as no other issue as this series has with Sinestro having doubts. He sees that the Green Lanterns didn’t have things as easy as he thought, with him realizing that he’s brought the Paling to earth. As he contemplates what he’s done, his pride in his abilities destroys any doubt, as he looks down at the individuals who have recently joined the Sinestro Corps: Superman and Wonder Woman. The pair is taking down members of the emotion-hating aliens, but it’s not going easily. There’s one very interesting scene on Page 5 with a well known individual of the corps that foreshadows a possible change of character. The one member who’s making short work of the Paling is Nax, who’s “sychic vivisection” abilities allow her to slice and dice the villains. Still, the corps is losing, but Sinestro has three big surprises to reveal. The first occurs on Pages 12 and 13, and another on 16, and that one blew me away — I was glad for this character’s appearance, but horrified at what Sinestro has done to him. The last two pages contain the final surprise, and it didn’t do much to impress, only allowing some characters to transport to a location that teases the final chapter of this battle next month. This was a decent installment to this ongoing war, but wasn’t exceptional. Overall grade: B

The art: Two artists, Brad Walker and Neil Edwards, and two inkers, Drew Hennessy and Jonathan Glapion, for this issue, though it’s not stated in the credits where one ends and the other begins. That said, the look of the book is pretty consistent, with Sinestro standing out on every page he’s on, with the fourth panel on Page 1 and the final panel on 15 looking the strongest. Other characters look good: the stunning individual on 5, Soranik on 10, and “that” character on 16. The double-paged splash of 2 and 3 is a terrific battle scene, with the forces clashing in several different ways. With all the new characters being endowed with rings, there are several panels showcasing them using their new abilities and they look great: Pages 8, 9, 12 and 13. There’s a lot of energy being thrown about in “War”, and it always looks good, be it Paling electricity or lantern ring slinging; Pages 7 and 8 are the best back-to-back pages that show this. My favorite work of the issue is the double-paged spread of 12 and 13. More characters get yellow rings on these pages and I wish that there had been more space devoted to showing them using their rings, but what is shown is terrific. Overall grade: A-

The colors: Blond does a truly exceptional job on this issue, with all the energy and characters making this a super showing of his abilities. The energy of all the characters is greatly enhanced by the colors he places in each of their constructs or blasts. I expect a Lantern book to explode with otherworldly color, and Blond brings it with this book. I especially like how the Sinestro Corps’ constructs or energy borders are outlined in an orange, with their interiors colored yellow. This little detail allows their yellow abilities to pop just a little more on each page. The shading on characters is fantastic, with the close up of the individual in the last panel on Page 5 being tremendous — Will you look at the way the light falls on that character’s face? Simply stunning. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Narration and dialogue (the same font), story’s title, story’s credits, sounds, Paling speech, screams, yells, a certain robotic groups’ speech, and next issue’s tease are done by Lantern regular Dave Sharpe. His screams and sounds are comic book perfection, and the robotic speech a joy to behold. Overall grade: A

The final line: The story is leading to the conclusion of this war, while the visuals are full of lantern fury. A good issue that has me eager to see how this will wrap up. Overall grade: A-

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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