Monday, December 07, 2009

Spotlight: Sinestro

I am quite glad about what DC has done with the character Sinestro over the last few years. Since his return in Green Lantern: Rebirth, Sinestro has evolved greatly as a character.

First appearing in Green Lantern (vol. 2) #7 back in 1961, Sinestro was the primary antagonist of title character Hal Jordan. Introduced as a former member of the Green Lantern Corps, Sinestro was considered the greatest Green Lantern there ever was. However, his lust for power grew out of control and was stripped of his title as a Green Lantern and banished. Sinestro manages to get his hands on a Yellow Qwardian power ring and throughout the years clashes with Hal Jordan and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps.

In the controversial Emerald Twilight storyline, a greif stricken Hal Jordan murders many of his fellow Crops members. As a last ditch attempt to stop his rampage, The Guardians of the Universe revive Sinestro and his status as a Green Lantern in order to stop Jordan. Sinestro was killed.

A decade later, in the Green Lantern: Rebirth series, Sinestro was revived along with Hal Jordan. It was revealed that he in fact did not die, but rather, orchestrated the entire chain of events that lead to Hal Jordan becoming Parallax.

In 2007, DC Comics launched the much anticipated Sinestro Corps War. After the events in Rebirth, Sinestro has been biding his time creating Yellow power rings and recruiting some of the most savage criminals in the universe for his army. With that, he launched a full on assault on the Green Lanterns as well as Earth. Though there were hundreds of casualties on both sides, Sinestro was once again defeated.

With the recent events of the Blackest Night crossover, Sinestro finds himself working along his rivals in preventing the Black Lanterns from taking over the universe.

Though always been characterized as an egotistical dictator, Sinestro has grown much in the last few years as a character with many layers. Once a loyal officer of the Corps, he followed orders without question, carrying out the Guardians' will. In his mind, Sinestro only wants peace and order and is not afraid in taking drastic measures to make sure this happens.

With Geoff Johns on the helm of the roller coaster ride that is Green Lantern, Sinestro has made a sick comeback. He is characterized as a man who wanted more for his people that the fear that had been plaguing them for years. Sinestro was a man who was in love, faced tragedy in that love, and was changed by it. Johns even gives him a daughter!

In my opinion, Blackest Night is so far an over hyped glorified zombie storyline. But if it has given us anything, it is an in depth look into the character of Sinestro. He has quickly become #1 on my favorite villains of all time, and in the top 5 of my favorite comic book characters of all time.

On a somewhat related note. I'm ready for Comic Con. Green or Blue?


Teko said...

Why is it that everything evil/not good is black? Could not black simply be misunderstood?

Meghana said...

ditch the green lantern rings and whip on a Ring Pop. whats better than being able to strut down Comic Con in a pimp suit and go "hey kids, wanna lick my ring?"