Punk Ass Red Lanterns
Art By: Martin Coccolo, Oscar Bazaldua, Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher, Blond, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 18, 2016
Our issue begins with Soranik still being a bit mopey about her new position of being leader of the Sinestro Corps, what with all the responsibilities that being the police force of the Universe entails and the fact that she feels that she needs to help the Korugarians as much as she possibly can. Yeah, it seems that Soranik's plate is a little full right now and the last thing she needs is an attack from the Red Lanterns.............. or possibly, this is the thing she needs the most right now. Yeah, even though I enjoyed this issue enough and really dig the series, this finale plays out really forced in that we start out needing something and by the end of the issue we have it....... no fuss, no muss.
So yeah, we've got the Red Lanterns attacking the Sinestro Corps because of them sending Lobo after them and killing Rankorr and since the Red Lanterns initially attacked a terraforming station to get the Sinestro Corps' attention in the previous issue, they just had to bring a terraforming machine with them. It's so weird since Soranik was just complaining about the harsh environment on New Korugar. While our issue starts out simple enough, it had a bunch of heart to it, but when the Red Lanterns attack, I got downright angry. Here we have some of the most fearsome Lanterns in the Universe and maybe it's because Lyssa Drak warned Soranik of the Reds impending arrival that allowed her to beat them as bad as she did, but goddamn the Red Lanterns just completely go out like bitches. If them getting taken down so completely easy wasn't enough........... yeah, Ranx showed up and put the fear in the ragers real good so maybe it's understandable. The biggest problem that I had with the Reds was that it seemed that every member was spouting out orders except Atrocitus. Here we have the biggest and baddest Red Lantern that the Universe has ever seen and the mother fucker's tight lipped through the entire issue........ you know, if he had lips and all. I just really don't get this interpretation of the Red Lanterns and think that it comes off lazy because we've got a bunch of stories about them and all it would take is a little bit of research to make them come off as something that doesn't resemble the lameness we get here. I guess I should also tell you that Dez Trevious has become a Red Lantern since the ambush he walked in on in the previous issue, but since this is the last issue of Sinestro and because I never liked that character anyway, it doesn't really matter.
In the end, the Red Lanterns retreat and the Sinestro Corps takes their terraforming device that they brought along to transform New Korugar into a paradise. So yeah, all's well that ends well............. Except that Lyssa Drak is predicting some terrible shit in the future that gets Sinestro to go back to the opening of the core of the planet, where he placed Parallax to keep everything from going all end of the world and whatnot, but now it seems that Sinestro might need the Fear Entity once again to take on some harbinger of doom that's making its way in the DCU.
That's it for this series of Sinestro and even though I really enjoyed the majority of this series, I have to say that this ending, even with its heart felt end with Soranik, came off as kind of a dud. I mean, yeah Soranik taking on the Red Lanterns and looking like she was enjoying the hell out of herself and the whoopin' she was putting on the rage monsters was pretty bad ass, but the portrayal of the Red Lanterns just irked the hell out of me and this entire short lived fight that just made the Reds look like pussies was ridiculous as hell because it was just the most basic of stories in that all it served was to fix a problem that was set up a couple of pages back. We need a better planet...... Oh good, we got a terraformer to make a better planet. I will tell you that I love the Sinestro Corps and pretty much anytime I get to see them I have fun, but it's every other character in this book that suffers, but even with that suffering, we get some amazing art and colors that really make this book something to look at.
Bits and Pieces:
Sinestro ends with a bit of a whimper to me as the main story is a little boring and way to simplistic, but it does act as a bridge to what's to come with our Fear Lanterns after Rebirth...... and really, I'm just happy that they'll be sticking around in one book or another. Even though I really enjoyed aspects to this book, like the character work on Soranik and how great the art is, the biggest problem I have, which seems to be something that Cullen Bunn's books do whenever they show up, is the portrayal of the Red Lanterns, who come off as a shell of their former selves and that's a real shame because these used to be some really excellent characters.