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Written By: Cullen Bunn Art By: Ethan Van Sciver, Jason Wright, Dave Sharpe Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: September, 23, 2015
Hope For The Best
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Is it wrong for me to say that the Green Lantern Corps disappearing is the best thing to happen in a long time? Yeah, I know blasphemy and all that, but when would Sinestro be able to systematically take out all of the other Lantern Corps', recreate the Manhunters and begin to fulfill his aspirations of bringing order to the Universe? That's right, besides for the Sinestro Corps War, where he was brought down by our willful ring slingers, that shit wouldn't happen and I'm interested as hell to see where this story goes now that there's no one to stand in our fear monger's way. It just comes off amazing to me, especially with Lobo in Sinestro's corner, taking out the other Lanterns. It really feels like this book has the full package and I can't wait to see what happens next. Let's check it out.
Our issue begins on a dry barren planet..... where really, it makes Tatooine look like a vacation spot. It's just terrible and it's inhabitants are dying of hunger and thirst, but luckily they have Saint Walker going about and dealing out mouth fulls of water to the most in need. Well, they did have Saint Walker doing this until Lobo showed up and took his scrawny ass away. This part is really funny to me because after Lobo begins telling the people of this planet how bad he's going to mess them up if they try and stop him from taking Saint Walker........ and believe me, it's pretty terrifying, a yellow ring comes down and inducts Lobo into the Sinestro Corps.
Which is awesome, but it's immediately over when Lobo cuts his finger off again and the ring flies away to find a new recruit. Lobo then brings Saint Walker to Sinestro, which gets our story started........well, after Lyssa Drak has a very uncomfortable....... but sort of sexy interaction with our bounty hunter, the story really gets started. It turns out that Sinestro wants Saint Walker to live so that he can use his powers of hope to heal and charge up the Sinestro Corps in their mission to bring order to the Universe. Of course Saint Walker refuses........ even if there was a Green Lantern in the Universe so he could use his powers fully, he would still adamantly turn down the master of fear and that's where this book gets really interesting. Sinestro walks Saint Walker over to his view screen and shows him War World coming upon the planet that Saint Walker was just trying to help and then we see him deploy his Manhunters! Just when we think that Sinestro is going to do something unspeakable to the people of that world, we see that the Manhunters are carrying crates of food and water. It's a great turn of events where instead of using fear, he instills hope in Saint Walker about the task that he's set out to do.
In the end, Saint Walker approves of what Sinestro is doing and right when we think that things are going to be okay and Sinestro is simply going to keep harassing Saint Walker to figure out how to use his powers without the participation of a Green Lantern, shit gets dark. As the issue closes, we see that Sinestro has summoned his science team and he plans on poking, prodding and experimenting on Saint Walker to find out the full connection that he shares with his ring so that he may use it for his own purposes down the line.
That's it for this issue of Sinestro and even though not a lot went down in this, I still dug the continued set up of Sinestro controlling the Universe. Yeah, I'm normally not a fan of a shit ton of setup, but something as big as what Sinestro has planned doesn't just get done in an issue. I would have liked to see more Lobo in this book because I've really started digging this character once he began dipping his toes in the world of the Lanterns and now that we know his book is cancelled, I want to see as much of him as possible here before he's completely gone. A lot of people have been complaining about Bunn killing off Lanterns in this crossover, but really it's the most interesting thing we've seen these characters do in awhile and I love the shake up. I also love the fact that we're exploring what a Blue Lantern would do in a Universe devoid of the Lanterns they need to work in tandem with to use their full power. Yeah, it's only Saint Walker filling the roster of this Corps, but we all love Saint Walker and seeing this dark shit happen to him, while yes it might be gruesome, it's also really interesting to me and I can't wait to see where this storyline goes. To bring this whole book together, we have Ethan Van Sciver on art and really, who doesn't love Ethan Van Sciver's art?....... especially, when it's a Lantern book? The whole book looks amazing, but where the art really shines for me is Sinestro's facial expressions and how much life this artist can pour into him.
Bits and Pieces:
We continue the setup with this issue for Sinestro's ultimate goal of policing the Universe and while this book is a little lax on the action, it does more than make up for it in just straight up "look at how determined and calculating Sinestro is". It's just a pleasure to read and with great visuals all the way through, this is definitely a story arc that has my attention and it should have any other Lantern fan's attention too.