Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, and Tom Nguyen
Coloring by Randy Mayor and Gabe Eltreb
Lettering by Rob Leigh
Published by DC Comics
Review by David Pepose
The title may be Green Lantern, but let's drop the pretense: this issue is all Sinestro's. And that's a good thing.
Since his revival in the current run of the series, Sinestro has gotten a whole new lease on life, with his preparations against the Blackest Night giving him a newfound potential that he hasn't had in years. In other words, under the pen of Geoff Johns, Sinestro is still a bastard, but oh, what a magnificent bastard he is.
Pacing-wise, Geoff Johns manages to pack in a lot of elements to Blackest Night -- bringing together the Green Lanterns, the Sinestro Corps, the Star Sapphires, and the Indigo Lanterns for the first time -- without numbing the reader with sci-fi minutae. The reason for this is Johns gives everyone a human anchor: Hal's concern for Carol and his friends on Earth feels right, and Carol's self-effacing humor for volunteering to rejoin the Star Sapphires makes her a good counterpoint to our hero.
But as I said before, the real star of the show is Sinestro, as he takes on both Black Lanterns and Mongul. It may be a bit continuity-heavy, but if you've been following Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps even a little bit, it finally pays off -- in fighting for control of his Corps, we see that Sinestro is a necessary evil, a fitting leader in an increasingly desperate war. Seeing him ruminate about Abin Sur gives our antihero a touch of pathos, and later in the book, he creates a ring construct that is so surprising -- yet so fitting -- and conjures up a slew of new questions and possibilities for Johns to utilize.
In terms of the art, Doug Mahnke's work looks fantastic. The action and energy in the opening sequence looks amazing, with the difference in Lantern energies looking subtly different for each Corps. And one page with John Stewart speaks volumes, as the look on the Lantern's face resonates with guilt, fear, and the understanding that he must do what's right, no matter what the cost. The art doesn't look quite as polished when the inkers change during the battle with Mongul, but a splash page where the titans collide has some great composition.
All in all, shining a spotlight on the ruthless -- or is it misunderstood? -- leader of the Sinestro Corps really gives Hal Jordan's nemesis a cache that has eluded him for so long. The most dangerous villain is not the one with the most power -- but the one we can truly understand. And by embuing his Corpsmen with this real sense of humanity, Geoff Johns is giving this issue of the Blackest Night saga the strongest foundation in the universe: character.