When the fight actually begins, it is shown to be pretty one way at first in favor of Hal, until Sinestro actually comes out and reminds him that HE was in the same position all those years ago when Hal first fought him. He goes on to ask what the difference is between the two of them, and I hate to admit it but he is right, which makes the battle so much better. Hal's fall is very reminiscent of Sinestro's fall. Both went mad in the pursuit of power to protect their homes.
The battle rages to a stalemate where Hal points out that the only way this can be truly settled is with their fists. Hal is clearly shown to be a superior hand to hand fighter, and beats down Sinestro. Battle over right? WRONG! Sinestro points out one final time how far he has fallen, only to have Hal permanently shut him up by snapping his neck...As much as I see Sinestro as a villain, I still felt bad.
If you think that's depressing, it gets even worse when Kilowog wakes back up and begins beating on Hal without a ring. He finally is able to break through to his old friend reminding him of the hero he once was and how many Lanterns he killed in his conquest. Hal just looks depressed, trying to explain that he left a little power left in them to keep them alive...which I call shenanigans since they had no rings to keep them alive in space.
Kilowog then tells Hal that if he takes the power from the central battery, it will shut off every corps member's ring as all the power would be in Hal. Despite Kilowog's pleas, Hal tells him theres no going back and causes the most shocking moment in this event...He kills Kilowog. This was the Lantern that taught not just Hal but almost all human Lanterns how to use their rings. Kilowog can be considered one of the most important Lanterns in the mythos and going out trying to bring his former pupil and friend back from the brink is perfect for the character and one of the saddest moments in the Lantern Mythos.
After mourning the friend he murdered, he tells the Guardians its over and enters the Central Power Battery. In their last attempt to protect the universe, the guardians form a shield around Ganthet and die as Hal explodes out of the Battery as Parallax, who flies off to the stars, which will lead to the Zero Hour event. Ganthet then flies to Earth with the final Lantern ring. We end the storyline the same way Hal's journey began...An alien giving a young man a powerful ring...this man:
This story actually does hold up after all this time, as well as the art. It is a brilliant conclusion to a brilliant, but sad storyline but it opened the door to a new Green Lantern. It was full of emotion(mostly sadness and fear), action, and has a conclusion that opens a new chapter for fans old and new to jump on. I highly recommend this story arc to anyone who is curious of the beginning of Parallax, Kyle Rayner, or anyone who wants to see a feeling-filled, action-packed story.