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Tales Of The Sinestro Corps by Johns and Marz

1/04/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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Green Lantern: Tales Of The Sinestro Corps by Geoff Johns and Ron Marz. pub: DC Comics. 200 page graphic novel softcover. Price: $14.99 (US), $16.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4012-2226-7.

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In many respects, ‘Tales Of The Sinestro Corps’ is about how its members rage enticed the Qward yellow power rings to seek them out to join Sinestro in his war against the Green Lantern Corps. Looking at the list of where these ten stories came from tends to suggest they were used as fillers across the Sinestro Corps War original issues and its practically a who’s who of talent at DC with Dave Gibbons doing his artist than writer’s thing for a change on a couple of the tales.

These aren’t all Sinestro Corps tales though. There are also ones covering the Cyborg Superman, Superman-Prime and Kyle Rayner’s time inside Parallax which has a nice twist regarding his painting at the end. Oddly, the one tale which is the scantiest is covering Sinestro itself although I suspect that is mostly because Green Lantern readers are well aware of his origin, just a shame that no deeper insight was given let alone why the Oa Guardians hadn’t looked deeper into how he was looking his sector and it took rookie Hal Jordan to point out what a bad role model he really was. I did like the comparison that Sinestro and Jordan have some similarities in that they question everything that is asked of them.

I did learn a few things from this volume. In my review of the second volume of ‘The Sinestro Corps War’, I did wonder why sector 2814 had four Green Lanterns and now know that two of them are honour guard, even if I’m not quite sure about their duties. Superman-Prime, being from an alternative reality, is actually immune to normal reality’s kryptonite although find some way for Firestorm to study some, could take him on. Saying that, in Firestorm’s case, all he really needs to do is create some fission with red sun wavelength would probably flatten him. The only reason Sodam Yat is resisting lead poisoning is because his power ring was protecting him which would cause problems if he didn’t re-charge after twenty-four hours, although now he has the power of Eon that’s no longer a problem.

The biggest thing in this book actually covers a previous comment that how do you keep count of who is in the Green Lantern Corps with an enormous section on not only that but other Corps detail. There are pictures of some 119 Green Lanterns with notes on another 87 who died. Granted that couldn’t cover all 720 of them but this is a significant number although after ‘Darkest Night’, I would expect a recount. Lest we forget the Sinestro Corps, 43 of their number is covered and 4 of their dead and only 3 Star Sapphires. Forgive me using numbers instead of words but in this particular instance, it makes it easier to visualise. Reading the info, I have to confess I was keeping an eye out for any planets’ people who would ten centuries down the line would have members in the Legion Of Super-Heroes. I only spotted two; Talok VII and Bismoll, but I’m not going to tell you which Corps. Seems no one was enlisted from Colu though. Maybe they weren’t smart enough yet.

I really wasn’t sure what I was going to get out of this book but it’s pretty obvious from the last paragraph which section I was really impressed with and if you are getting into Green Lantern, especially before the film comes out, then you need to read this section to see how far they deviate from DC Universe reality.

GF Willmetts

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