Written by: Mark Russell 

Art by: Yildiray Cinar 

Inks by: Julio Ferreira

Colors by: Hi-Fi

Letters by: Steve Wands

2019 has been dubbed as the year of the villain by DC comics and because of that we’ve gotten the chance to know some of the most iconic villains of all time a bit better. Often times we get a heavy emphasis on our heroes who are normally the protagonists of these stories because they are the ones that we are supposed to relate to and cheer on. That logic is sound and is usually the case, but nothing makes a good hero like a despicable but badass villain. In “Year of the Villain: Sinestro” issue 1, we get to follow the Green Lantern’s archenemy on a solo task to stop a group of world ending characters. 

Sinestro is sent on a mission by Lex Luthor to eradicate the threat of the Paragons who are giant, undefeatable creatures that destroy planets. Throughout this issue, Sinestro has to constantly evolve as a character and use his wits to find ways to advance in war against the Paragons. I’ve always loved Sinestro as a villain and I think that he’s the perfect foil to Hal Jordan. Sinestro is the type of character that is no-nonsense and goal oriented, and his motivations will always be self-motivated. This story understands that about this character and tells a really fascinating tale of Sinestro having to use his brain to to defeat his enemy. We get a look at not only Sinestro’s mind for war strategy, but we also get an insight into Sinestro’s views on life. There’s a character defining exchange that Sinestro has with someone where he says, “There is no greater, nor more common mistake in the universe than to serve someone that doesn’t serve you back.” This line is one of the best descriptors of Sinestro’s point of view as a character that I’ve read and it might give us some insight into Sinestro’s role in Lex Luthor’s Legion of Doom. 

This issue is a great insight into Sinestro as a character and is well worth reading because it finds a way to show the grey areas within Sinestro and how complex of a character he is. The art in this issue is great with a lot of great pages of scenery in space that are wall-worthy. Overall I liked this story a lot and it really reminded me of the episode of Rick and Morty, “The Ricks Must Be Crazy.” I’m glad that the Year of the Villain has worked out so far and I’m excited to see what’s to come from DC involving their antagonists. 

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