Chafing Under Authority With Year Of The Villain: Sinestro #1

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

A group of extra-dimensional beings called the Paragons have broken into our universe and are on a warpath across the stars to stop the Legion of Doom from spreading their philosophy across the universe. Lex Luthor sends Sinestro to stop them before they reach Earth. On Sinestro’s first encounter with the Paragons, he discovers that they are virtually immortal. However, it is only accomplished through the toil of an intelligent microorganism civilization which spend their entire .8 millisecond existence in service to repairing the Paragons. Sinestro calls them Microns, and they are the weakness of the Paragons. Sinestro knows that he must somehow turn the Microns against the Paragons if they are to be stopped.

Year of the Villain: Sinestro #1 cover by Brandon Peterson
Year of the Villain: Sinestro #1 cover by Brandon Peterson

Year of the Villain: Sinestro #1 finds Sinestro working in service of Luthor to protect his mission to spread Doom across our universe. He must kill a species of immortal gods, but, with the power of the Ultraviolet Light, Sinestro knows he can win this war.

Underneath the narrative of Sinestro versus the Paragons is a story about overthrowing authority. Sinestro tries to sew discontent among the Microns in an attempt to get them to rebel against the Paragons, and, in the same right, Thaal Sinestro is chaffing in his servitude under Lex Luthor. Sinestro is a leader in his own right, and he values order above all else. He’s not sure that Luthor can bring order to the universe.

In short, it’s both of Sinestro against the Paragons and Sinestro against Luthor, and it’s a compelling and smartly-told one at that.

Year of the Villain: Sinestro #1 art by Yildiray Cinar, Hi-Fi, and letterer Steve Wands
Year of the Villain: Sinestro #1 art by Yildiray Cinar, Hi-Fi, and letterer Steve Wands

Yildiray Cinar is the artist on this venture, and he captures the arrogance and austerity of Thaal Sinestro. He’s easily among the most compelling DC Universe villains, and that’s because of his complex and layered sense of purpose, morality, and duty. Those varied qualities are represented in the visuals of Year of the Villain: Sinestro as well as the narrative. Plus, it just looks damn good too. Hi-Fi’s color art brings vibrance to the page and compliments Cinar’s style excellently.

Year of the Villain: Sinestro #1 is a smartly-written and interesting one-shot spotlighting the archenemy of the Green Lantern Corps. It’s a compelling read, and it’s easily worth a recommendation. Check it out.

Year of the Villain: Sinestro #1 comes to us from writer Mark Russell, artist Yildiray Cinar, inkers Yildiray Cinar and Julio Ferreira, color artist Hi-Fi, letterer Steve Wands, and cover artist Brandon Peterson.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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