"Sinestro: Year Of The Villain #1" reminds us that he is a master manipulator

"Sinestro: Year Of The Villain #1" cover by Brandon Peterson

Writer: Mark Russell, Artist: Yildiray Cinar, Inks: Julio Ferreira, Colors: Hi-Fi, Letters: Steve Wands, Cover: Brandon Peterson

Luthor has tasked Sinestro, whom he has empowered with ultraviolet light (no power ring required!) to destroy the Paragons, a seemingly immortal and undefeatable race of beings that are conquering worlds to stop the universe’s shift towards Doom. They are on a direct course for Earth, and are capable of instantly regenerating from any wound. Sinestro is to stop them at any cost, even his life.

The over-confident Sinestro fails in his first attempt to stop the Paragons. His second attempt necessarily involves more thought, research, and manipulation, a Sinestro specialty. His solution to stop the Paragon is brilliant, but inherently self-serving. Shocker.

Writer Mark Russell has written a very Star Trek-like story, with a moral at its center, with much social commentary in the examination of the races involved in the Paragon’s social structure. The existential mindless servitude of some vs the mindless laziness of others. The message is clear: neither is an acceptable social model, there needs to be a happy medium.

"Sinestro: Year Of The Villain #1" interior art

Artist Yildiray Cinar does a serviceable job creating the looks of several alien races and planets, but they are all too close to humanoid in appearance for my tastes. Why not be more exotic with the alien designs?

This issue advances Sinestro’s reputation in the DCU as an amoral conqueror and master manipulator, and is an entertaining side mission in the “Year Of The Villain.”

Sinestro: Year Of The Villain #1 is published by DC Comics, and is on sale August 7, 2019.

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