Green Lantern: Sinestro by Geoff Johns
Genre: Superhero Comics
Series: New 52 Green Lantern
Publisher: DC Comics (May 22, 2012)
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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I’ve never been a diehard Green Lantern fan. Honestly, Hal Jordan wasn’t my favorite GL. I preferred Kyle Rayner back in the day, but with this New 52 Green Lantern, I’m learning to appreciate Hal for what he is and, even more startling, Sinestro!
Listen, I know that last bit might sound silly to longtime GL fans, but for an on-again off-again GL reader like me, Sinestro was never more than the red guy who Hal Jordan always found a way to beat. Honestly, I never viewed him in the same light as Joker, Lex Luthor, or other DC villains, but Geoff Johns has really turned Sinestro into a multi-faceted character in this volume.
What is particularly startling to me is how much I empathize with this dude. I mean, I’m suppose to hate him right? And I do, because he constantly exhibits a total lack of care for anyone or anything in his way, but Johns has made it very easy to put myself in Sinestro’s boots and see how easy it would be to go down his road. A spectacular piece of writing if there ever was one.
Coupled to Johns great writing is outstanding art by Doug Manhke. I really can’t say enough about it, because I love this guys work in this series. Even simple panels like below are amazing in their ability to show animation so effortlessly. Outstanding stuff!
Now, I am not quite ready to say Green Lantern is my favorite New 52 comic (Aquaman still holds a slight lead there), but I can say that I am quickly turning into a GL fan as well as an even bigger fan of Geoff Johns and Doug Manhke.
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Any writing that has one empathize with the antagonist as much as the hero, is bound to be great!