Release Date: August 24, 2011
Cover Date: October 2011
Story: Geoff Johns, Michael Goldenberg, and Adam Schlagman
Art: Harvey Tolibao, Cliff Richards, Jerry Ordway, Fernando Dagnino, and Raul Fernandez
The news of Abin Sur’s death has reached Oa, and as Morro inscribes a crystal tombstone, Sinestro seems to be lost in thought. He recalls how he became inducted into the Green Lantern Corps, when his homeworld of Korugar was facing an uprising. He wanted to use his newfound power to fix things, but his mentor Abin Sur forbade it. Snapping back to the present, the other Corps members ask Sinestro what he’s going to do now that Abin is dead, and Sinestro merely replies that he’ll continue his usual duties as a Lantern.
We’ve all heard the phrase “better late than never.” In this case, though, we could’ve easily done without this prequel issue at all. While Sinestro’s anger on Korugar seems well-founded, as well as his rightful complaint about the Green Lantern Corps never bothering to drop by and help, it has no real bearing on his portrayal in the film. In fact, the ending scene where he flies off from Abin Sur’s funeral makes it look as if his ruminations on the past didn’t even have a purpose! The rapidly changing art styles don’t do the book any favors, either. Sometimes Sinestro’s head looked too damned big! I know that was the norm during the Silver Age, but it’s not how he looked in the movie.
The additional story, a history of the Green Lantern Corps, was even wrose because it was so ultimately pointless. The Corps’ history is fully explained in the film, so here it’s nothing but fluff. What a waste!
As we all know by now, the Green Lantern film didn’t do nearly as well as the studio was hoping. The prequel issues overall haven’t been so hot, either, and releasing a crappy one months late only reinforces many folks’ negative opinions.