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The Sinestro Corps Wars Volume 1 by Reis, Van Sciver

1/04/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

Buy Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps Wars Volume One in the USA - or Buy Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps Wars Volume One in the UK

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Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps Wars Volume One by Geoff Johns, Dave Gibbons, Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason and Ethan Van Sciver. pub: DC Comics. 176 page graphic novel softcover. Price: $14.99 (US), $18.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4012-1870-6.

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Before ‘Darkest Night’, there was the two volume ‘Sinestro Corps Wars’ to raise the blood fever for not only the reader but the Green Lantern Corps itself. The reason for that was the GL Corps was at a disadvantage in that Sinestro’s Corps could kill with impunity but any attempt they did and their power ring would power down and allowing them to be killed. Reading this first volume and you can understand why the Guardians of Oa literally had to re-write their book but that’s getting ahead of ourselves.

The story begins with the hunt for Sinestro on Earth by the Justice League and the Batman’s disclosure to Hal Jordan Green Lantern that because of his own ability to instil fear in others that he’d been on the list to be recruited into the Yellow Ring Corps but had declined. Jordan immediately leaves for Oa telling them that this was Corps business although gets side-stepped along the way.

Kyle Gardner and a couple other members of the GL Corps are tracking the movement of yellow lantern rings only for himself to be abducted to Qward in the negative universe and becomes the new Parallax and draws Jordan there. Meanwhile, the Guardians have called many of the Corps back to Oa to protect the main power battery but things are going from bad to worse. Decisions have to be made.

In many respects, the first volume is really the build-up and in some areas I’m not sure what to say yet least it becomes spoiler zone. With a cast bigger than the Legion Of Super-Heroes, many of the GL Corps are just figures in the background and I hope someone does a proper checklist of all the various aliens sometime for both creators and reader reference.

Interesting facts learnt along the way with this book is that each of the 3600 sectors has two Green Lanterns although this doesn’t explain why sector 2814 has four. If you know your DC Universe you should know what I’m talking about.

Now, where’s volume two...

GF Willmetts

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