Green Lantern #23.4

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Dale Eaglesham Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 25, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 5
6.3Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Years ago, Sinestro used his Green Lantern ring to utterly dominate his home planet of Korugar, all in the name of "protecting" his people. It's the mistake that turned his name into a curse, and brought down the greatest Green Lantern of them all...but one never-before-seen moment from those dark days holds the key to his future!

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 27, 2013

    Id suggest you save the buck and buy the regular cover, but if youre a hardcore Green Lantern fan, its kind of neat to get the fancy one. Overall, this was a fun issue. Nothing new added to the already excellent mythos, but nothing broken. Only clarified and possibly introduced to new audiences. Which was the point of Villains Month, Im starting to gather. Great artwork paired with a good script and a fan-favorite character are a recipe for success. The only thing this book was missing was a scene or two featuring good old Sinestro himself, possibly watching from above. It would have also been nice to see where he went after Geoff Johns ended his legendary run on the Green Lantern books, but perhaps thats just wishful thinking on my part. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj Sep 25, 2013

    Overall, if readers were expecting a new Sinestro story they will leave disappointed. This is a recap of where the character currently stands and might set up for his return to the universe soon. It was a fun issue that would allow new fans to learn the tale of one of the best characters in the Green Lantern Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Sep 25, 2013

    This issue was really REALLY close to a 5/5 for me. It was a lot of fun, but as a longtime GL fan, it really did have this overall "recap" feel. The art team of Eaglesham and Dalhouse do a great job here. The borders around the pages are especially brilliant. This is a great place for those interested in the series or this character to jump on and learn more about Sinestro. Overall, I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Sep 25, 2013

    Overall this was probably the best look into Sinestro's past that DC has put out. Sure some of the more obvious tropes are here, but enough new layers are added to give old and new readers something to look forward to. So it looks like we won't be seeing Secret Origin II that would have featured Sinestro in a prominent role, this is a good replacement if that story never happens. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 27, 2013

    Green Lantern #23.4 is a refresher course in Sinestro.  For those in the know already, this book is not really  necessary.  However, it looks like we are going to see more of Sinestro in the near future, so this is a good jumping on point for the uninitiated. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Sep 25, 2013

    Kindt leaves us with little doubt that Sinestro's story is far from over, and while this issue adds little in the way of new perspective on the character, it does provide a handy overview for one of the most essential villains in the DCU. If anything, there's just as much scope for exploring the fate of Lyssa Drak in future issues as there is Sinestro, but the fate of the two now seems to be inexplicably tied. However, as much as these issues have worked as a curiosity, it will be far more rewarding to return to the main narrative next month to see how the events of "Lights Out" relate to larger issues in the DCU. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Sep 26, 2013

    The flashback pages have gold boarder around them to make them look like pages from Book of Parallax. It's really cool and I'm really impressed with the artist. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 28, 2013

    Very enjoyable read, great presentation and art pieces, but wanted more about Forever Evil. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Sep 25, 2013

    Artist Dale Eaglesham frames all of the flashbacks as if they were actual pages in the Book of Parallax. The etched gold borders are actually pretty cool and add a sense of weight to the story. Unfortunately, Eaglesham isn't given much to do in the way of actual storytelling and is instead tasked with creating one-page highlights. They look good for what they are, save for whenever he draws a constructs that are confusing in both form and function. And not to be too big of a stickler, but the shot of Sinestro taking out the Guardians has him in the wrong costume. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Oct 1, 2013

    As a veteran reader of Green Lantern I didn't find this issue terribly rewarding - not because it wasn't good but because for me it was a "been there, done that" experience that didn't add anything of real value to the mythology of the character. However for newer readers it does provide a nice but not too terribly deep of an introduction to Sinestro. Eaglesham's pencils are spot on for the most part and the issue's page layout is visually compelling. Three out of five lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 28, 2013

    Did we know the story of how Sinestro first got his Power Ring? If we didn't, that is a fascinating twist. It makes total sense for the character and adds an extra wrinkle to his history. Likewise, this issue did a great job of explaining how and why Sinestro took over his home planet. So Sinestro #1 does a fine job of recapping the character's backstory, but that's all it is. Sinestro #1 is a nicely drawn, well told history of the character, and little more than that. Which, again, is for the best, considering it is far too soon to really bring him back into play. Read Full Review

  • 4.6
    Analog Addiction - Tony Couto Oct 2, 2013

    Green Lantern #23.4 fails to give Sinestro the layered justice and spotlight he deserves. Rather than focusing on a small moment of change in the character to ring true his conviction to fear, his history is jammed into this unsuccessful outing. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 25, 2013

    Villains Month is starting to strain not just the wallet, but also the patience. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comicosity - Alison Berry Sep 30, 2013

    If you are new to Sinestro and you read this book, Im not sure how interested in him youre going to be. The issue assumes a lot of knowledge about pre-existing events in the Green Lantern books (especially New 52), but contradicts many central plot and character points. The end result is a boring, cookie-cutter villain who somehow earned the greatest weapon in the universe through deception and then earned it back through murderous rebellion. Both Sinestro, and the Green Lantern mythos at large, are done a disservice by this issue. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Sep 26, 2013

    In the end, "Green Lantern" #23.4 tries hard but it's not quite there. There's a certain lethargic quality to the comic that's pervaded a lot of Villains Month, turning what could have been fun and exciting into a bit of a slog. And that's a real shame. These are creators from whom we've seen a lot better in the past, and I suspect will in the future, too; "Green Lantern" #23.4 just doesn't work. Read Full Review

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