Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sinestro #12 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Cullen Bunn
Art By: Brad Walker, Drew Hennessy, Jason Wright
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 17, 2015

Family Squabble 

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Oh man, is this review coming in late, but as I like to tell myself, late at night when I've run out of tears, it's only late if the next issue has come out.  So I have a couple of hours to spare.  As we saw in the Sinestro Annual, there's a killer on New Korugar and our favorite Fear Lantern has to weed out who the killer is and after seeing the back stories to our favorite Sinestro Corps members in the Annual, I'm still not sure about who it could be because really, it could be anyone........even your Mama.  Whoever it is has a big beef with Sinestro and his entire Corps and hell, even the Korugarians Sinestro has saved because as a final act to the killing, this mystery person has set the planet to meltdown from it's underground controls.  Remember, with this being a former prison planet, it's not out of the realm of imagination that whoever was keeping the prisoners there would want a fail safe in case something went wrong.  Voila, planetary meltdown.  Hopefully in this issue we see our tiny mustached master of fear put an end to this mutiny and find out who the traitor is.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Soranik arguing with her father about the safety of the survivors of Korugar.  As I said in the opener, the planet is primed for a meltdown, but even with that knowledge Sinestro refuses to evacuate and man does that piss Soranik off.  She believes that it's because of his ego and to a degree she's right...........Hell, most things that Sinestro does can be blamed on his ego, but Sinestro for all his faults, has one hell of a poker face.  I'm not sure if he'll be able to stop the meltdown and from what we learn from his Corpsmen scientists, they're not sure if they'll be able to stop it either, but Sinestro could simply put me in his arms and tell me everything is going to be okay and I'd believe him.

As it turns out though, Sinestro is playing himself one giant game of chess and he's moving his pieces precisely where he wants them to be.  We see this when Sinestro flies off and is met by Lyssa Drak, who has a thing for seeing into the future and she let's Sinestro in on that Soranik plans on betraying him and after we see Soranik talking to the leader of the surviving Korugarians, it's pretty much confirmed.  It's funny because while we have all this betrayal going on in this issue with Soranik seeing her father as going completely power mad..........which he tends to do and the mystery betrayer out and about, the real interesting part of this book seems to take a back seat.  Now while all of us know that something has happened to the Green Lantern Corps, it appears here that it hasn't happened yet, but Sinestro seems to know that something bad is about to go down with our emerald ring slingers........... and we're left completely in the dark about this information.

In the end, with all the info that we've gathered this issue, Sinestro confronts Soranik as she's about to betray him and steal a ship to head back to the Green Lantern Corps for help.  As you'd imagine, the time for talk has passed and a big ass battle ensues between father and daughter.  As much as I love Soranik and would have loved to see her best her father, at this point with all of Sinestro's power and determination, it just wasn't in the cards and as the issue closes we find out that this is precisely what Sinestro wanted so he could get the opportunity to take her Green Lantern ring off of her and replace it with a yellow one because as we've talked about, Sinestro knows that something is about to go down with the Green Lantern Corps and him beating the hell out of his daughter was really a way for him to save her.  Now that's some good parenting right there.

That's it for this issue of Sinestro and while I enjoyed the issue enough, I was really bummed that we focused mostly on this mysterious betrayer, who would see New Korugar destroyed as a way to kill Sinestro and his Corps, when we have all this knowledge of the demise of the Green Lantern Corps being dangled right in front of us, only to have it pulled away right when we're about to get some info.  It's a bit frustrating is all and I'm sure we'll get that information in the following issue, but my patience being that of a two year old........I WANT IT NOW!  Even with the betrayer story being hte main focus of the book, we still didn't learn shit about him/her so really I don't see the point of it at all.  The real draw of this book is the fight between father and daughter and while I would have loved to see Soranik get at least the upper hand on her father once, it seems that we'll have to save that fight for later because Sinestro really puts his daughter down without really breaking a sweat and I love seeing a cool Sinestro who knows he's the best and proves it easily.  The art in this book continues to be decent and if we found out anything about the Green Lantern Corps or who this mysterious betrayer was, this really could have been a phenomenal issue, but it relegated itself to merely be a family squabble and for that it comes off as only "meh".

Bits and Pieces:

This issue begins with a lot of promise, but only ends up being mildly entertaining because of all the questions that this book refuses to answer.  It does hype up the next issue, but for what it is, this issue comes off as gimmick to try and get people back on the Sinestro trolley.  Sinestro's classic ego shines here though and with decent art all the way though, it's hard to stay mad at this book.


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