Review by Nick Katsiadas
Two things about this issue: 1) “Sinestro’s descendant is dead because of the acts of the Green Lanterns,” and 2) he’s baaaaaaaaack. In Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #25, Robert Venditti and Ethan Van Sciver capitalize on the growing rift between the Green Lantern Corps and the Yellow Lantern Corps, and they do so by centering their roles in the emotional spectrum. In this issue, with a vengeful Soranik and Tomar-Tu’s charge of murder, John Stewart cannot solely hold the two corps together, and it begs the question: With these circumstances and the depth of their history, was it an inevitability that the two teams could not hold the alliance? After all—and among many other events in their comics history—it was the Sinestro Corps War that compelled The Guardians to rewrite the Book of Oa, granting the Green Lanterns lethal power.
In issue #24, it was revealed to the rest of the Yellow and Green Lanterns that Tomar-Tu took the life of Romat-Ru, and Soranik punished Kyle Rayner, branding a Sinestro Corps symbol over his heart, for withholding the fact that Sarko was their son. Emotions are running high, and Venditti and Van Sciver refocus emotions as energizing both the Green and Yellow Lantern Corps in this issue. In the beginning of the issue, we see Yellow Lanterns coming for Tomar-Tu’s head as Hal Jordan defends him, stating that he “will stand trial for it. That’s the law.” They respond, “You. Speak. Of. Green. Lantern. Law. A. Life. For. A. Life. That. Is. Sinestro’s. Law.” Here, Sinestro’s law and a wayward desire for vengeance become their driving force. Jordan’s response:
Next, Guy Gardner then presents an unconscious Kyle Rayner, branded with the Sinestro Corps symbol, to both teams. Even Arkillo seeks retribution and justice for this crime, reaffirming his commitment to the truce forged between the two corps and his friendship with Gardner.
That is, until Soranik fesses up and owns the deed. What is key with Soranik’s characterization in this issue is how it stands in relation to her father turning his back on the Green Lantern Corps. It is a rash, emotional decision energized by vengeance for Rayner keeping Sarko’s identity a secret. To her Yellow Lanterns, she professes that she branded Rayner because another of the Line of Sinestro is dead “because of the acts of the Green Lanterns.” This is a suitable justification for her corps members, but we as readers know that Kyle Rayner never considered the Line of Sinestro when Sarko died. He discovered too late that Sarko was his and Soranik’s son—who was from the future, but still their son. The emotional distress from discovering Sarko was her son transforms her from Soranik Natu to Soranik Sinestro. She says, “My father was right. The universe deserves order. I believed in the cause of the Green Lanterns because I was once one of them. I see now that they cannot succeed…I am Soranik Natu no more! I claim the name that is mine by birthright! Soranik Sinestro!”
Meanwhile, in the Anti-Matter Universe, on the planet Qward, we see the bodies of Lyssa Drak and Sinestro lie. Lyssa awakes and crawls to Sinestro’s seemingly lifeless body. She says, “Lord Sinestro…my love. I felt it. We were lost, but the Yellow Light called us home. Look what Hal Jordan did to you. This is not our denouement. Do not let it be so.” She touches his hand, and his ring begins to glow. There is still life yet in Sinestro. What can the Green Lanterns—and their newly-recruited members who defected from the Yellow Lanterns—do against the powers of Soranik, Sinestro, and the entire Sinestro Corps? We will have to wait and see, but if there is one telltale sign from issue #25, we will be in for a ride soon enough!
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