Retro Vision: Sinestro Corps War

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They thought he was the only one.

They thought he was defeated.

They thought he had nowhere to go.

They were wrong.

And now, with the Green Lantern Corps at it’s weakest,

Thaal Sinestro will enact his most ambitious plan yet.

On today’s episode of Retro Vision, we look at the Green Lantern Epic: The Sinestro Corps War.

Sinestro — Hal Jordan’s former mentor and arch-nemesis — has gathered an army of soldiers fueled by the fear they instill in others, consisting of Arkillo, Karu-Sil, the Cyborg-Superman, and hundreds more of the most terrifying villains the universe has ever seen! Former Green Lantern Kyle Rayner has been possessed by the entity known as Parallax and now assists the Sinestro Corps in cutting a swath of evil across the universe. Trapped in the depths of the Sinestro Corps’ Citadel and face-to-face with the Guardian of Sinestro’s army of fear, Hal Jordan must find the will-power to battle these terrible foes. And as one of the Book of Oa’s prophecies comes true, the Green Lantern Corps makes a last stand that reveals the reincarnation of one of their fold!

The Green Lantern Corps has seen better days, after being decimated by Hal Jordan (Under Parallax’s control) a few years ago, they are just starting to rebuild again, and have little manpower to spare. Hal Jordan (former “Greatest Green Lantern”) has just returned to life and is having a bit of a hard time adjusting to life anew, as he and his fellow Earth lanterns (Guy Gardner, John Stewart, & “Torchbearer” Kyle Rayner) have become the “Lantern’s Most Hated” since no Lantern (Save Kilowog & a few others) no longer trust them due to Hal’s actions as Parallax. Sinestro on the other hand has been amassing an army on the anti-matter world of Qward, creating his own Lantern Corps whose rings run on it’s owners to instill fear rather than having strong willpower (Fun Fact: Batman was selected to be apart of Sinestro’s Corps but refused). The former GL has also managed to entice the fear entity Parallax and even revive the Anti-Monitor (The villain behind the “Crisis on Infinite Earth’s” epic in the 1980’s) to join his cause.

Sinestro and a handful of his corps members stage an attack on the Green Lantern’s homeworld of Oa, and manage to release Hank Henshaw (the Cyborg Superman) and Superboy-Prime (an alternate version of Superman who was imprisoned on Oa after Infinite Crisis) from imprisonment. Kyle Rayner is also captured and has Ion (the spiritual entity that embodies the Green Lanterns willpower) extracted from his body, and put Parallax in making him a member of his Corps. Now with all his pieces in place, Sinestro makes his final play against the Green Lantern Corps, and the universe. These actions in turn push the Green Lantern Corps to their and cause the desperate Guardians to break their own laws in order to stop Sinestro.

This story has many writers, all doing their jobs very well writing the main story and it’s many tie-ins. Geoff Johns (Green Lantern), Dave Gibbons (Tales of the Sinestro Corps), Peter J. Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps), & Ron Marz (Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Parallax & Ion). Each giving the story more twists turns and gravitas with each chapter. With Johns and Tomasi doing the brunt of the work due to GL & GL Corps having the main story. They also succeed in instilling fear in the characters and some in the reader as well, you never know whats going to happen, cities fall, planets ravaged, and lanterns on both sides are killed. Anyone’s life is up for grabs.

This interstellar epic is drawn by Ethan Van Sciver & Ivan Reis (Green Lantern) & Patrick Gleason (Green Lantern Corps). Each of their pencil strokes matching the script extremely well, showing the emotion and desperation of the GL Corps, and the malice, delight, and cunning of the Sinestro Corps as their plan moves forward. The constructs are also visually stunning whether they are green or yellow, as it’s always interesting to see how the lanterns use their imagination to come up with their own energy creations. You feel the energy and the chemistry between writer and artist.

The Sinestro Corp War is Geoff Johns at the height of his run as GL writer, each move big, each reveal shocking, each battle epic. This is how a story of the Green Lantern Corps should be written. This story actually got me into Green Lantern and DC comics as a whole. While I liked some of DC characters (Mostly Batman) i never read their comics much. But Sinestro Corps War is one my favorite DC stories and one of my favorite Comic book stories of all time. I highly Recommend this story to any fan of Green Lantern or comics in general.



S#!T Talking Central

  • Fats Mclemlich

    This definitely was the reason I started reading Green Lantern as well. It was so damn epic.