Art By: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Livesay, Blond, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 17, 2016
So we've got this supposed epic battle going on and besides for what I consider the filler pages,where we see the Earth characters holding their own, the rest of the book is played out with small glimpses of the Pale Bishop trying to convert Sinestro into his emotionless horde, while Sinestro thinks back at his life and all he's done........ to I guess catch people up who don't know........ or just to pad the book with Sinestro's monologues to make it feel more meaningful. The thing is though, we've seen this throughout the series and even Sinestro telling us all about how he feels fear, but masters it. It's a been there done that situation and only comes off as smoke and mirrors as a way to make this final battle feel more epic than it actually is. The best part of the book is seeing Arkillo actually being considered a hero on Earth for the people he's saving and him coming off like he hates it, but we all see that glimmer of pride in that monster face of his.
In the end, we finish this battle the same way that we've seen so many Green Lantern battles finished, with the entire Sinestro Corps reciting their oath and channeling their power into Sinestro so he can force as much fear up the Pale Bishop's ass as he can. Yeah, there's some stuff in this issue about how the Pale Bishop actually has fear within him that Sinestro figured out because he happened to be an archaeologist or some such nonsense, but I didn't want to put it in because it doesn't make any sense to me because the Paling's whole power source and mission and whatnot was all about how they had to be emotionless. As our issue closes, our Sinestro Corps get the shock of their lives when they see that even though Sinestro survived the battle, that he turned over leadership to the Sinestro Corps to his reluctant daughter Soranik.
That's it for this issue of Sinestro and it really didn't do much for me because it's like I've been reading the same issue for months now and I'm just happy as hell that we didn't have our title character throwing more rings out there because that seemed to be his go to move issue after issue. Instead though, we get a book that while on the surface looks to be full of action and excitement, comes off as a clip show episode because we're seeing things that we've seen over and over again in this series before finally having Sinestro defeat the enemy, only to give over leadership of the Corps to Soranik without an explanation. This issue just didn't do anything for me and I don't even know what happened to the Paling converts. The issue said that "The Pale Vicars Are Dying", but does that mean Mongul too? Did we just miss the death of Mongul since he was converted but didn't appear in this issue? There are so many unanswered questions in this book and after having all this build up to the final battle between The Pale Bishop and Sinestro, the ending just came off lackluster. The best part was definitely the short time we spent with Arkillo in this book and I kind of hope that he just stays on Earth after this because he just comes off as this reluctant hero that doesn't want anyone to know that he loves the praise of being a good guy and I love it. The art and colors in this were great as always though and since we've been dealing with The Paling since the beginning of this series, you should pick this issue up to complete your story because stopping right before would just be crazy.
Bits and Pieces:
The majority of this issue came off as simply smoke and mirrors to me to try and make the final battle between Sinestro and the Pale Bishop appear to be bigger than it was because from what we get from this book is the equivalent to a clip show episode to a TV show, where we see a bunch of things that we've seen throughout this run. All of the art though was great as always and the book looked amazing even though I wasn't a fan of the story.