Year of the Villain: Sinestro #1

Writer: Mark Russell Artist: Brandon Peterson Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 7, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 28
7.7Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

As the universe tilts towards doom, great forces awake in an effort to stop Lex Luthor's mad plans. Dispatching Sinestro, Luthor sends the former Green Lantern to bring these old gods under control or destroy them before they reach Earth. Now, wielding the power of the ultraviolet spectrum, Sinestro finds his new foes even more dangerous and perplexing than he expected, when realizes any damage he inflicts is immediately repaired.

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 9, 2019

    The script is well interpreted by Yildiray Cinar, who proved a perfect choice to illustrate this story given his previous work on the equally high-concept Superior Iron Man. All in all, this is an interesting story that should appeal to most science-fiction fans, which requires no previous experience with the Green Lantern mythology of the Year of the Villain. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 7, 2019

    For an event tie-in, this is a comic with a lot on its mind and some really clever writing, making it a great kick-off to this mini-line of tie-in one-shots. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Aug 9, 2019

    The story reads well as a one shot on its own, even if one had not been following Year of the Villain at all, which is another plus. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Aug 7, 2019

    Sinestro: Year of the Villain #1 served as a strong reminder that Luthor is not the only one to fear from the Legion of Doom right now. He may have become this Apex Predator, but he is just another guy trying to play God. Sinestro is the same as he has ever been, and that means being the guy who Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Aug 7, 2019

    Cinar does an excellent job with the art in this issue. Everything is filled with detail and all of the action and characters leap off the page. Impressive story and visuals throughout. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 7, 2019

    Itll be interesting to see how these YOTV one-shots play out and if theyll have more depth than a basic standalone that truly connects to the main story. I imagine the quality of the stories will be inconsistent but at least Sinestro got things off on the right foot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Legion - Josh Davenport Aug 7, 2019

    one of the best descriptors of Sinestro's point of view as a character that I've read and it might give us some insight into Sinestro's role in Lex Luthor's Legion of Doom. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Govan Aug 8, 2019

    Sinestro, Lord of the Microns has a nice ring to it. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Aug 7, 2019

    Sinestro: Year of the Villain #1 was a good one-shot story from Mark Russell. It weaved in the normal Mark-Russell-y commentary while giving Sinestro a different edge to his character. The art was solid; honestly, I can't say much about it. It was not particularly bad or particularly good. It was there and served the story, but nothing really stands out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 8, 2019

    Sinestro features Mark Russell's by now trademark approach to comic books writing, but without the benefit of multiple issues, it doesn't feel as nuanced and well thought out as some of his other work. Russell's work is best when it's able to make a strong statement, and I don't feel that he quite gets there outside of a stock "oppressive systems are bad and the people in them sometimes don't even realize they are being controlled." But Sinestro isn't a hero. And he's someone who will only use that knowledge to his own end. So maybe there's no room for the kind of resolution that we're used to seeing. Cinar does some good work with Sinestro himself but is fairly forgettable elsewhere. Overall, I think this is another generally good entry in Russell's career, but stops short of being truly great. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Aug 8, 2019

    Sinestro's efforts to accomplish his mission see him realising the amount which he can affect a society by; this sociological slant to the book is expected this far into Russell's career, but the allegory doesn't hit upon as deep a truth as he has proven capable of previously. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 7, 2019

    While there are things to enjoy with Sinestro taking care of business, I ultimately learned nothing new from this one-shot that wanted to be social commentary more than a story that tied into Year of the Villain. Yeah, there's some fun art and the window dressing makes you think of Year of the Villain, but really there isn't much here to further this event. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - Aaron Phillips Aug 7, 2019

    Wands, in particular, has a large amount of work on his hands due to the heavy dialogue asked of this issue and it's served in a very palatable manner that's easy on the eye and doesn't bog down the illustrations. Additionally, HI-FI's colors were extremely well-served thanks to Sinestro's ultraviolet light-power which is offset in some fascinating ways as the villain enters some alternate spaces of reality. Overall though, I had high hopes for this issue, but it just felt a little flat. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Chase Magnett Aug 7, 2019

    Measured by its own seeming goals, it is only a middling affair that offers a mixed-bag for entertainment and thought within the reading experience. In this case, being better than average can still be described in less than laudatory terms. Read Full Review

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