Green Lantern vol. 1: Sinestro collects the first six issues from DC Comic’s New 52 big September 2011 re-boot. While it probably helps if you know a little something about Green Lantern, Johns does a decent job of trying to fill you in. For example, many of the conversations involve describing how one needs focus and willpower to make the ring work. And it tells you on the title that Sinestro was Green Lantern’s enemy.
The story opens with Sinestro saying the oath of the Green Lantern in front of a group of funny little flying blue men, called The Guardians. It becomes clear that Sinestro is a former member of the Green Lantern Corp (so there is one Green Lantern assigned to protect each planet or region) who turned against them but, for some yet unexplained reason, has been chosen again.
Meanwhile, Hal Jordon, the Green Lantern previously sworn to protect earth, is struggling with the fact that he has been kicked out of the Green Lantern Corp, has lost his job as a pilot, and is having trouble with his girlfriend. Seeing what looks like a woman being attacked in an adjacent building, he forgets he is not a Green Lantern anymore and jumps from his seventh-story apartment, across the gap between the buildings, crashing into the window on the other side and interrupting a movie being made. He’s definitely having trouble adjusting.
Sinestro is having troubles of his own. Previously, he had set up a Yellow Lantern Corp to help him protect his home world and in his absence then have become vicious dictators, only concerned with themselves. Sinestro wants to stop them. But he needs help, someone with nothing to loose, some one who would do anything to have a little power again, some one like Hal Jordan. Making a Green Lantern ring by siphoning off some of his own power, Sinestro makes Jordan an offer her can’t refuse. He gives Jordan the ring. Since it is not a true Green Lantern ring it has limited power and can’t be used against its creator. With reluctance, they travel together to Sinestro’s home world to defeat the Yellow Lanterns.
This is a fun Superhero book with a capital S. Lots of tights and flying. And bulging muscles. And everything Hal’s girlfriend wears looks like milk poured over her body. Its lots of fun. The Yellow Corp is made up of a fabulously eclectic assortment of aliens, no two the same. This may not be an envelope pushing graphic novel, but it is a well-written and well-drawn one that satisfies.
For ages 13 and up.
Green Lantern Vol. 1: Sinestro (The New 52)
by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke
DC Comics, 2012
Publisher Age Rating: 13 and up