Everybody loves a good redemption story. There was “that guy who plays Iron Man”, Andy Dufresne, and Lando Calrissian. And we can now throw one more name in the mix, Sinestro.
Previously in Green Lantern: Sinestro and Hal’s plans to free Korugar from the enslavement of the Sinestro Corp have so far been a failure. Hal is alive, alone, and locked in a cell after being disintegrated from flying into the yellow central battery. While Sinestro is facing down the vengeful, captive citizens of Korugar whom he just created power rings for.
PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWER!
I believe that part of this story arc was just to show us how much power and understanding Sinestro contains about the power ring. Adding to what he has already done, created over a dozen power rings from his, in this issue Sinestro uses his lantern to split a corpsman in half, told Hal that he has previously broken two power rings from his power, and to finish it off, carried the yellow central battery and all corpsmen from Korugar back to Oa by himself. How he ever loses a battle is beyond me.
But this issue, or arc, isn’t about the power Sinestro possesses, but who it is that Sinestro has become and his emotions following the creation of his Corps. Sinestro is not arrogant enough to ignore the mistakes that he has made, and doesn’t expect to be forgiven by the people he has hurt. After essentially saving the planet he says to a child who celebrates him, “I do not deserve your praise or your trust, little one.”
The final piece to this puzzle is the relationship between Sinestro and Hal. We all just have to come to the conclusion that their relationship will never be perfect, they will either be attempting to kill each other or operating in a “I will help you but only because I gain something from it” kind of way. To reinforce this idea, after all that Hal did to help Sinestro free his people he sends Hal back to Earth with a powerless energy ring since he only promised him a ring and not a lantern to power it.
THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB
As I said in my review of issue #4, Doug Mahnke was been bringing his “A” game in the art department. He brings such detail into both the still moments of dialog and body-splitting action scenes. In an issue that played up the emotions of everyone involved, the facial expressions and dialogue always matched and were never over done.
The issue wasn’t perfect though. There were two spots that arose in the art that left me scratching my head. In the panel where Professor Insidd is split open by Sinestro’s lantern, the anatomy of his upper torso just doesn’t line up. The second was towards the end when Hal and Carol are speaking. Suddenly in the middle of conversing it goes to a complete reverse shot for no apparent reason and completely took me out of the story.
BOTTOM LINE: FAVORITE OF THE NEW 52
Green Lantern has been exactly what I hoped it would be when I saw the announcement previews way back in the middle of 2011. Geoff Johns and the rest of the creation team told a story that showed the depth of Sinestro’s power and emotions. I hope that this team is kept together and continues to give us story arcs as well done as this one. Green Lantern #5 falls in line with the previous issues and earns 4 out of 5 stars.