Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War—Volume 1

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7.0 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 8/10

Sinestro vs. everybody

Shouldn't have split up the collection into two volumes

Comic Info

Comic Name: Green Lantern:  Sinestro Corps Special/Green Lantern (Volume 4)/Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2)

Publisher: DC

Writer: Geoff Johns/Dave Gibbons

Artist: Ethan Van Sciver/Ivan Reis/Patrick Gleason/Angel Unzeta

# of Issues: 6

Release Date:  2008

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Green Lantern (4) #23

Reprints Green Lantern:  Sinestro Corps Special, Green Lantern (4) #21-23, and Green Lantern Corps (2) #14-15 (August 2007-November 2007).  Sinestro and his newly assembled Sinestro Corps make their move.  Using Yellow and the fear, the Sinestro Corps strike at the Green Lantern Corps’ Torchbearer Ion and Kyle Rayner finds himself facing Hal’s enemy Parallax.  With the Green Lantern Corps divided, the Sinestro Corps goes after the Green Lantern’s most powerful member Mogo and indications that Sodam Yat might have a bigger destiny.

Written by Geoff Johns and Dave Gibbons, Green Lantern:  The Sinestro Corps War—Volume 1 (or also called Green Lantern 4:  The Sinestro Corps War—Volume 1) follows Green Lantern:  Hal Jordan:  Wanted.  The collection features art by Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, and Angel Unzeta.

Johns’ Green Lantern feels massive.  Unlike a lot of comics (at lease superhero comics), Johns feels like he really planned out his series and is building to big events.  This collection kicks off the big war against Sinestro and the Green Lanterns and crosses over between the Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps comics and also serves as a lead up to the Blackest Night.

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Green Lantern Corps (2) #15

The decision to split the Sinestro Corps War into two books is a bit of a strange one.  Yes, the book would be long, but it still would have been managable.  It isn’t as obvious that the split is in a weird place in this volume as in the second volume.  The attack on Mogo is incomplete in Volume 1, but Volume 2 the fight on Mogo is only a couple issues.  If the series had been collected in one volume it wouldn’t feel as lopsided.

The art and writing in the volume is strong.  Geoff Johns and Dave Gibbons’ writing mesh well and the series feels very consistent.  There are a lot of flashbacks in the issue and multiple artists contribute to the series.  Despite the multiple artists, the issues flow together and it does feel like one bigger story.  It doesn’t feel jarring when the series jumps from Green Lantern to Green Lantern Corps.

The Green Lantern saga set up by Geoff Johns is pretty smart.  He is able to carry his big picture story through multiple issues while still making each issue enjoyable.  I don’t think Johns does that on every series, but here, Johns does a great job with it.  Green Lantern:  The Sinestro War Corps War continues in Green Lantern:  The Sinestro Corps War—Volume 2.

Preceded By:

Green Lantern:  Wanted:  Hal Jordan

Followed By:

Green Lantern:  The Sinestro Corps Wars—Volume 2

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