By Andy Frisk
May 17, 2009 - 20:34
Sinestro, one time Greatest Green Lantern, arch foe of Hal Jordan, villain who unleashed Parallax upon Hal
This question permeates the metaphoric and allegorical story being told in The Sinestro Corps War. In relation to the real world, questions such as: can compromises that are willing to be made to combat the forces of fear turn the defendant against the terror into an object to be feared themselves in the same manner and disrespected? (the allowing of lethal force by the Guardians); how far can one allow one’s emotions to affect their judgment and when is it necessary to allow emotion to be part of the decision making process (are the Guardians falling victim to fear, as the Sinestro Corps wishes them to, by compromising their values and is the banishment of Ganthet and Sayd for their hopefulness and expression of love a mistake that shouldn’t have been made?); can one use the weapon of fear when desperate (like Hal Jordan must wield Sinestro Corps rings in order to survive), in a limited capacity effectively?; and what happens to a good soul when they fall victim to their greatest fears and allow them to posses them? (Kyle Rayner falls victim to fear and becomes Parallax, like
Hal Jordan the Green Lantern Corps
A careful re-reading of this saga in light of recent developments leading up to Blackest NIght in the Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps titles reveals just how far in advance Johns has planned his overarching, incredibly intricate, and long reaching storyline. In Vol. 1 we see: Ganthet and Sayd verbalize their desire to hope, foreshadowing their eventual formation of the Blue Lantern Corps; Hal Jordan wielding Yellow Power Rings, foreshadowing his eventual wielding of Red and Blue Power Rings; and, the soon to be named Guardian, Scar advocating the use of lethal force to cause death for Sinestro Corps members foreshadowing her role in the rise of The Black Lantern Corps in Blackest Night which will most likely make use of the analogy and metaphor of death begetting death on a large scale with the “resurrections” of deceased heroes and villains throughout the universe and the destruction they may cause. All of these developments are a testament to John’s long range writing ability, careful planning and dedication to great storytelling while at the helm of the Green Lantern mythos.
Giving in to fear: Kyle as Parallax
The artists who contributed to Sinestro Corps War provided some of the most imaginatively detailed, grand scale art that any comic book series had displayed ever. The wide spreads, some one and two full pages in size, really convey the vastness of space, the great size of other worldly environments, and the uniqueness of the planets and ships used by the various members of the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps. The highly detailed and unique renderings of the incredibly varied looks of the many, many intergalactic species of ring bearers in both Corp create page after page of engrossing layouts that take plenty of time, well spent, to absorb. Many characters seen, often times in background shots and wide shots of assembled Corps, or seen as bit players in cameo roles, both Green Lantern and Sinestro, would pop up again in issues down the road and play significant and/or leading roles. Some examples of which include, Kryb, Laira and Arkillo. The talent of the storyline’s artists would be tested, as they were tasked by Johns to come up with creatures, species, environments and foreign worlds that would rival Star Wars and Star Trek in diversity and variety. They succeeded grandly.
The Sinestro Corps War, as seen in Vol. 1 of the saga, rivals Star Trek and Star Wars in thematic importance as well as the presentation of varied alien races due to moral quandaries and thought provoking as well as debate inspiring events which have very real, real world relevance. Sinestro Corps War would even contain, at the center of Vol. 1 a very interesting chapter dealing with a battle between Sinestro and Green Lantern Soranik Natu, both of Korugar (their home world) that would foreshadow and emulate a key revelation of familial ties and how the sins of the fathers affect the lives of their sons or daughters…
Will power vs. Fear
Overall, as a saga which leads up to and lays the groundwork for Blackest Night, Sinestro Corps War Vol. 1 is a must read for Green Lantern fans. More importantly though, SInestro Corps War Vol. 1 makes great reading for anyone in search of a saga full of complexity of theme, allegory and metaphor that will keep its readers talking and debating the moral issues and quandaries raised. Putting aside all the heady achievements of Sinestro Corps War, it is, also, a great and fun read with really, really awesome art.
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Rating: 10 /10