Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Sinestro: Year of the Villain #1 Review

Service With A Smile

Written By: Mark Russell
Art By: Yildiray Cinar, Julio Ferreira, Hi-Fi, Steve Wands
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: August 7, 2019

It's our first one-shot for our Year of the Villain and with it I hope to get some more answers about what Lex's plan is to get the Universe to vote towards doom.......... or since this is a Sinestro one-shot, maybe get an idea of what the Ultra-Violet spectrum is all about because really, I'm still a bit fuzzy about these dark energies of the Universe.  Alright, let's jump into this Sinestro adventure and see what errands Lex wants him to run.  Let's check it out.

For this one-shot we see Sinestro tasked with the mission to stop the Paragons from destroying planets that have already aligned with Lex and his quest for doom.  The only problem is...... All we know is that these Paragons come from another Universe, beyond that, we know nothing about this race besides for the fact that they use microscopic people inside of them, called Microns, that see the Paragons as gods and because of that, they spend their lives repairing the Paragons from the inside, making it look like the Paragons can instantly regenerate any wounds they receive while going through the Universe, destroying planet after planet.  So yeah, tiny people within big people that spend their lives working for a cause......... really, that's the whole issue.  We have the idea of serving and what it means given to us over and over again this issue while Sinestro tries to convince these tiny people to stop what they're doing so that he can accomplish Lex's mission of stopping the Paragons.

The thing is, there is something to this story and the idea of everyone serving something for some reason is a compelling one, but this over-sized issue really wants to just jam the same things down your throat the whole time and by the end I was a little tired of it because while we could have had a cool story that maybe showed what Sinestro's powers are really capable of, besides for making tiny Sinestros that can talk to tiny people, or maybe showed us what these Paragons were, or a larger view of Lex's plan, Mark Russell really just needed to take another look at society and what's wrong with it and that's all he really focuses on.  I'm still a bit iffy on how the timeline of the Microns only living .8 milliseconds of our time could correspond to what they actually needed to do during the Paragons' assault on planets, but maybe that's nitpicking too much.  

All in all, while there is something here that can be enjoyed, I was just looking for more out of this than Mark Russell's usual social commentary and ultimately I learned nothing new besides that Sinestro will have a big blue Paragon as his pet going forward......... maybe.  I enjoyed the art here and thought that the slight variations on the alien species worked well with keeping them just human enough to use as Russell's society satire, but Sinestro problem solving to defeat his enemy wasn't as exciting as it could have been in my mind because that aspect of the story was second to what Mark Russell really wanted to say.

Bits and Pieces:

While there are things to enjoy with Sinestro taking care of business, I ultimately learned nothing new from this one-shot that wanted to be social commentary more than a story that tied into Year of the Villain.  Yeah, there's some fun art and the window dressing makes you think of Year of the Villain, but really there isn't much here to further this event.  


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