Release Date: August 27, 2014
Cover Date: October 2014
Story: Cullen Bunn
Art: Dale Eaglesham
Cover: Rags Morales
Hal Jordan and Sinestro get into a scuffle, of course, but it’s Soranik Natu who points out that Hal could’ve brought the entire Green Lantern Corps…but he didn’t. Sinestro agrees to hear Hal out in private. The two former colleagues go back and forth, each making valid points, until Hal brings up the problem of Parallax. Sinestro reveals that he purged himself of the entity, but that’s not quite true. When Hal goads Sinestro to anger, we find that Sinestro now completely controls Parallax, which he uses to soundly thrash Hal. Sinestro is going to take care of the Korugarians once more, and there’s nothing the Green Lanterns can do about it.
The cover proclaims “Under the Grip of Parallax.” It should be “In the Grip of Parallax.” I think the designer was probably thinking “Under the Influence of Parallax,” and got mixed up. Still, you’d think an obvious error like that would’ve tripped up quality control.
The giant space bug returns, and it’s now Sinestro’s pet. While this fits with Sinestro’s ultra-enhanced skill level and power since Geoff Johns’ reboot of the character ten years ago, it sets a dangerous precent within the books, not to mention some potential continuity problems. Remember when the entities were all dying during “Lights Out”? Why wasn’t Parallax affected? Remember, emotions sustain people, not the other way around, so you can’t just write it off as Sinestro keeping Parallax alive. If anything, the dying entity would’ve brought Sinestro down with it!
With Parallax at his beck and call, Sinestro is now one of the most powerful beings in the universe. I don’t care that Hal got his ass kicked by his ex-friend; if he doesn’t immediately bring in the Green Lantern Corps, the Justice League, and just about any other superteam out to protect folks, then it’s a colossal story problem. Of course, there is a very easy solution: just send Kyle Rayner in. The White Lantern was able to handle six entities at the same time. Controlling just one would be a cinch for him. Too bad everyone still thinks he’s dead.
The load of continuity problems resulting from the Parallax stuff were dumb, sure, but the conversation between Hal and Sinestro was fantastic. That kind of storytelling is what we need! Both of them are absolutely correct in everything they say, and they refuse to acknowledge the other’s point. Dex Trevius even takes the role of the reader, pointing out that the two ringbearers are arguing their points and trying to one-up each other without ever addressing their own personal fallout, betrayal, and guilt.
Dale Eaglesham’s talent was on full display here, as his work with the two opposing Lanterns’ expressions spoke far more than pages upon pages of battles scenes. When Parallax is let loose, the art looks decent, but for some reason the giant space bug just doesn’t look as menacing as it has in the past. (It also seems to be far less powerful now, but the entities’ power levels have been all over the map just as much as their powers, effects, and origins since their introduction. Bad retconning will do that.)
Sinestro is going strong, but given this issue’s revelations, I don’t know how much longer the book can keep going. The Pale Vicars don’t even seem like a threat anymore, since Parallax could just wipe them out. And if the forces of good just ignore Super Saiyan Sinestro now…that doesn’t reflect well.
On a final note, “Danzig Lantern” made me chuckle…then I realized many readers might not get the joke, and I felt old. Ugh.