Written by Tony Bedard
Pencils by Andres Guinaldo
Inks by Raul Fernandez
Colors by Wil Quintana
I am so torn by this book, sometimes its great, other times its horrible. I really wish that some consistency could be found here and that we could get more issues like this one. Wrath of the First Lantern continues on towards its end here as Kyle is overcome with tragedy at Korugar’s destruction. Trying to make sense of it he ends up in a confrontation with Sinestro who has all but lost it in the wake of the destruction of his home world. Lucky for Kyle some back up arrives, unlucky for everybody else (except the readers!), Sinestro seems as if he will be returning to the color that made him famous.
Bedard delivers a great story here with some exciting elements at play, namely the appearance of Simon Baz and Sinestro’s turn back to evil. I am so ready to see Sinestro back in yellow, and the destruction of Korugar seems like the perfect catalyst to deliver on that. What we get here is a glimpse into his broken psyche. One could almost consider this a second origin of Sinestro as an agent of fear. I live what Bedard did with Sinestro here and I can only hope that we see this get more attention across the other GL books in the future. That had to be the most interesting beat at play here, though there were a few other cool surprises there, even if they didn’t factor into the overall story much.
The art on this book has been the most inconsistent problem with this book, but here we get a homerun of an issue art wise. Every part delivers, from Guinaldo’s pencils to Quintana’s colors. There are no wasted panels here, no filler, just really solid work from cover to cover, that’s something I really appreciate. As much as I love a great splash page, I hate seeing them used just to fill pages and not to tell story. Every panel here moves the story forward and provides some great visuals. One of my favorites had to be seeing carol using Hal’s M.O. in creating a fighter jet construct.
Overall this was a solid issue with great work all around from the New Guardians team. If I’m being honest, the jump from the Rise of the Third Army event straight into Wrath of the First Lantern was starting to wear on me and I was looking forward to Wrath wrapping up, but Bedard and crew have delivered a huge breath of fresh air towards the end of an arc that was growing quite stale.
4 out of 5 nerds
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