Release Date: October 29, 2014
Cover Date: December 2014
Story: Cullen Bunn
Pencils: Dale Eaglesham and Martin Coccolo
Inks: Dale Eaglesham and Scott Hanna
Cover: Guillem March
Variant Cover: Bart Sears
Sinestro ruminates over how to deal with Bekka, who trashed his Corps and stole Arkillo’s ring. Lyssa Drak offers signs and portents, but her leader’s got a better idea: he’s got an inside “man,” since he had Despotellis secretly stow away on Arkillo’s ring before it was taken. This leads the Yellow Lanterns to the planet Nok, where the Indigo Tribe and John Stewart’s Green Lantern crew are desperately fighting off Bekka’s forces. Sinestro may hate the other Corps, but he knows that their powers can’t fall into these new enemies’ hands. He sends down his Corps to assist in the battle, and some of the Tribesmen are Green Lanterns are able to escape. There’s massive casualties on all sides, horrifying Indigo-1, John, and Bekka…but not Sinestro. He intentionally sent down Yellow Lanterns he didn’t trust, and when the battle’s done…he kills them all by ordering their rings to self-destruct.
Right away, we’re saddled with one of the worst things about modern Green Lantern comics: another goddamned prophecy. I thought we were done that with bullshit when Geoff Johns left, but it seems we’re stuck with it once again. Worse, there’s more Black Hand, a character who I’ve become thoroughly sick of. Ugh! I really don’t want to see Black Lanterns again, and this stupid prophecy clearly hints at their return.
Fortunately, the rest of the issue fares much better; in fact, the prophecy pages really have nothing to do with the rest of the issue at all, and easily could have been skipped. (I smell editorial requests as the reason for their inclusion.) Anyway, Sinestro’s reasons for saving the other ring wielders makes sense both to serve the story and his own twisted ends. His intelligence shines through here, as well; Sinestro may be arrogant and extremely powerful, but even he knows that he’s no match for a New God. As for him “trimming the fat,” so to speak, that helps boil the Sinestro Corps down to our core characters, making the book easier to follow and giving the tales within more focus.
As always, Dale Eaglesham’s art was stunning, and Martin Coccolo handling the battle scenes on Nok made for a nice change of pace that wasn’t too jarring, making the story flow from one act to the next nice and smoothly. (There was a small error in that Munk is seen flying away with another Tribesmen, but he lost his ring a while ago.) Expressions in particular really looked great, conveying Sinestro’s calmly evil nature, Arkillo’s brutality, Bekka’s anguish, Indigo-1’s fear…good stuff.
The first act of “Godhead” is over, and as we move into the second phase of the story, I expect the battles to intensify. No more prophecies, though, please.