With Sinestro slinging the ring, this issue offers up yet another skirmish between Hal Jordan and Sinestro. This one is a lot different, though, in that Sinestro needs Hal’s help, Hal needs Sinestro’s help, and Sinestro gets a good laugh out loud moment.
Geoff Johns has made no secret of his appreciation of Sinestro, and having the former-but-once-again Green Lantern wield the emerald energy ring again gives Johns a whole new way to investigate the character. In this series so far, Sinestro has been played up as the reluctant hero, but Johns drops in a subplot that makes it appear as though there might be a heart under all of Sinestro’s pomp and bluster.
Johns soaks up his chance to write Sinestro as a Green Lantern and remains true to the character, having Sinestro belittle Jordan at every opportunity, including teaching Jordan a thing or two about how to use the Green Lantern ring. It’s an interesting take on the Lanterns, and it even gives Johns a chance to put Hal Jordan under the crosshairs as even Hal begins to realize that without the ring he’s not much.
Doug Mahnke and his inking corps deliver what is all but becoming standard-issue great art. Some pages are distinctly different in inking style (and therefore final appearance) but with the credits citing a quartet of inkslingers, it’s difficult to tell whose work I’m really enjoying more. All the same, Mahnke’s storytelling is energetic and gripping, and his aliens are as alien as they can be. David Baron’s colors coat the artwork nicely, giving this entire issue a sharp, healthy sheen that is wonderful comic book fare.
I saw the relaunch as a chance to cut back on some of my reading. Surely there would be books I could just walk away from. One of those books was supposed to be “Green Lantern.” This story has been exciting enough and different enough to get me coming back for three issues now. Let’s see how long this streak can continue, especially as this issue leaves us with a shocker of a cliffhanger.