- Sinestro Corps War
Infobox comics story arc
title=Sinestro Corps War
caption=Cover art to "Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special" #1, the arc's inaugural issue.
Ethan Van Sciver.
date=August, 2007 – February, 2008
titles= "Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special" #1
Green Lantern" vol. 4, #21-#25
Green Lantern Corps" vol. 2, #14–19
"Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Parallax" #1
"Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Cyborg-Superman" #1
"Tales of the Sinestro Corps:
"Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Ion" #1
Hal Jordan; Guy Gardner; John Stewart; Kyle Rayner; Sinestro
Geoff Johns; Dave Gibbons; Peter Tomasi; Ron Marz; Alan Burnett
Ethan Van Sciver; Ivan Reis
TPB=Volume 1 (hardcover)
TPB1=Volume 2 (hardcover)
TPB2=Tales of the Sinestro Corps (hardcover)
sortkey=Sinestro Corps War
"Sinestro Corps War" is an
American comic bookcrossover event published by DC Comicsin its " Green Lantern" and " Green Lantern Corps" titles. Written by Geoff Johnsand Dave Gibbonsand drawn by Ivan Reisand Ethan Van Sciver, the 11-part saga was originally published between June and December 2007. In addition to the main storyline, four supplemental "Tales of the Sinestro Corps" one-shot specials and a " Blue Beetle" tie-in issue were concurrently released.
The story centers around the Green Lanterns of Earth—
Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Guy Gardner—and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps as they fight an interstellar war against the Sinestro Corps, an army led by the former Green Lantern Sinestrowho are armed with yellow power rings and seek a universe ruled through fear. A 1986 Alan Moore"Tales of the Green Lantern Corps" story was the thematic basis of the storyline. Many characters were changed, killed off or re-introduced as a result of the event.
Critical and fan reception to "Sinestro Corps War" was highly positive. Many reviewers ranked it among the top comic books of the year and the storyline's first issue garnered a 2008
Eisner Awardnomination for Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team. The storyline was also a financial success, and several issues underwent multiple printings. "Sinestro Corps War" is the second part of a trilogy in the Green Lantern storyline, preceded by the 2005 miniseries '. The conclusion of "Sinestro Corps War" sets up the third and final part of the trilogy, ', which is scheduled for publication in 2009.
Following his defeat in "", the events of "Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special" #1 see the supervillain
Sinestroretreat to the planet Qwardin the Antimatter Universe. There he amasses an army, the Sinestro Corps, that he selects based upon their ability to "inspire great fear". Each member is armed with a yellow power ring, mirroring the green ones of the Green Lantern Corps. Amongst Sinestro's allies are Parallax and the resurrected Anti-Monitor. The Sinestro Corpsthen launch an all-out assault against the Green Lantern Corps and the universe itself.
During the assault on Oa, the Sinestro Corps manages to inflict heavy casualties and free
Superman-Primeand the Cyborg Superman from their imprisonment. Kyle Rayneris captured and transported to Qward, where Sinestro manages to separate Rayner from the symbioteIon allowing Parallax to possess him. [ Geoff Johns(w), Ethan Van Sciver(a), Moose Baumann (col), Rob Leigh (let). "Sinestro Corps, Prologue: The Second Rebirth". "Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special" #1 (Aug 2007), DC Comics.] In "Green Lantern" (vol. 4) #21 the heroes Hal Jordan, John Stewart and Guy Gardner attempt to rescue fallen comrade Kyle Rayner, but are themselves entrapped, with Jordan transported to face Sinestro and his allies. [ Geoff Johns(w), Ivan Reis(p), Oclair Albert (i). "Fear and Loathing". "Green Lantern" (vol. 4) #21 (Sept 2007), DC Comics.] A failed bid to rescue Jordan depicted in "Green Lantern" (vol. 4) #22 sees surviving members of the Green Lantern Corps forced underground and split into two groups. [ Geoff Johns(w), Ivan Reis(p), Oclair Albert (i). "Running Scared". "Green Lantern" (vol. 4) #22 (Oct 2007), DC Comics.] While one group attempts to free Jordan only to find themselves ambushed, the other successfully rescues Ion. They then re-unite with their ambushed comrades and together they escape from Qward back to the positive matter universe. Hal, John and Guy return to Earth to warn the Justice League of the Anti-Monitor’s return.
As the Sinestro Corps spreads out to ambush Green Lanterns across the universe, "Green Lantern" (vol. 4) #23 sees the Guardians decide to rewrite their sacred text, the Book of Oa. They remove a section devoted to a prophecy concerning the “Blackest Night”, against the objections of two of their number,
Ganthetand Sayd. They then add 10 new laws, the first of which authorizes the use of lethal force against the Sinestro Corps, while Ganthet and Sayd are expelled from Oa. As the Green Lanterns gather on Oa in preparation for a Sinestro Corps assault, the Sinestro Corps teleport themselves and their Central Power Battery instead to a new Warworld, their objective revealed to be Earth. [ Geoff Johns(w), Ivan Reis(p), Oclair Albert (i), Moose Baumann (col). "Broken Laws". "Green Lantern" (vol. 4) #23, DC Comics.] Events in "Green Lantern Corps" (vol. 2) #16 show Hal informing the Green Lantern Corps of Sinestro's plans. Dave Gibbons(w), Patrick Gleason(p), Prentiss Rollins (i), Guy Major(col). "The Battle of Ranx". "Green Lantern Corps" (vol. 2) #16, DC Comics.]
"Green Lantern" (vol. 4) #24 continues the story, with Green Lanterns and Sinestro Corps members battling across Earth. Hal manages to free Kyle from Parallax before the entity is imprisoned in their power batteries by Ganthet and Sayd.
Geoff Johns(w), Ivan Reis(p), Oclair Albert & Julio Ferreira (i). "Home Invasion". "Green Lantern" (vol. 4) #24 (Dec 2007), DC Comics.] After John and Guy arrive, the former Guardians reveal to them the prophecy of the “Blackest Night”, seen in "Green Lantern" (vol. 4) #25. It foretells of five more Corps arising, each based on a different color and emotion. After the five corps are established, a "War of Light" will ensue, in which all the corps are destroyed, leading to the “Blackest Night”. Geoff Johns(w), Ivan Reis& Ethan Van Sciver(p), Oclair Albert, Julio Feirreira, & Ivan Reis(i), Moose Baumann & Rod Reis (col). "The Sinestro Corps War" part 11. "Green Lantern" (vol. 4) #25, DC Comics.]
The Guardians arrive on Earth and appoint Sodam Yat to be the new Ion. After a lengthy struggle in
New York, the Sinestro Corps are defeated by the overwhelming numbers against them. One of the Guardians sacrifices himself to send Superman-Prime to an alternate universe, while Hal and Kyle subdue and arrest Sinestro in Coast City. In the aftermath of the battle, seen in "Green Lantern" (vol. 4) #25, the Guardians decide to bring the second of the new laws into effect. After realizing that the "Blackest Night" prophecy will come to pass, Ganthet and Sayd depart after creating a blue power ring with the intention of creating their own Corps, based on the spreading of Hopeto the rest of the universe. The Anti-Monitor, having been blown across the vacuum of space at the battle's climax, finds itself on a dark planet. Here it is transformed by an unknown force into a Black Power Battery.
"Sinestro Corps War" was based on concepts introduced by
Alan Mooreand Kevin O'Neillin the short story "Tygers", published in "Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual" #2 (1986). Writers Geoff Johnsand Dave Gibbonsincorporated several ideas from Moore's stories into "Sinestro Corps War", including the prophecy of the Blackest Night, Sodam Yat, Ranx the Sentient Cityand the Children of the White Lobe.cite web|url=http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=139577|title=Happy X-Mas (War Is Over) - Geoff Johns on Green Lantern #25|last=Rogers|first=Vaneta|publisher=" Newsarama"|date= 2007-12-13|accessdate=2007-12-13] Leezle Pon, a minor character only mentioned once in Moore's "Mogo Doesn't Socialize" story from 25 years previous, also makes an appearance in "Green Lantern" #25.cite web|url=http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/wizard/006702839.cfm|title=Thursday Morning Quarterback - 12/13/07|work= Wizard Magazine|date= 2007-12-13|accessdate=2007-12-13]
Work began on "Sinestro Corps War" in September 2006. The structure was fluid, at one point becoming a few issues with two bookends to just one gigantic issue.cite web|url=http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=108339|title=Tapping in to Evil: Ethan Van Sciver on Sinestro Corps|last=Rogers|first=Vaneta|publisher="Newsarama"|date=
2006-04-11|accessdate=2007-09-03] The title was originally just "Sinestro Corps", but during development the creators added the word "War".cite news|last=Wolk|first=Douglas|title=Geoff Johns Takes the Green into the Black|url=http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6531531.html?industryid=47140|work= Publishers Weekly|date= 2008-02-12|accessdate=2008-03-03] Eventually the structure finalized into a one-shot special for release in June, after which the story would alternate between "Green Lantern" and "Green Lantern Corps" until November. After the crossover's initial publishing successes, DC added four "Tales of the Sinestro Corps" one-shots to the publishing schedule.
Johns and Ethan Van Sciver first announced the crossover during the DC "Big Guns" panel at the 2006
Fan Expo Canada,cite news|last=Weinryb|first=Avi|title=DC Comics Toronto Panel Report|publisher=Comic Book Bin|date=2007-09-10|url=http://www.comicbookbin.com/DC_Comics_Toronto_Panel_Report007.html|accessdate=2007-09-23] with Johns calling it "the next level of "".cite web|url=http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=82876|title=Toronto 06: DC Big Guns|last=Rogers|first=Vaneta|publisher="Newsarama"|date= 2006-09-04|accessdate=2007-10-28] By January 2007, Johns, Gibbons and editor Peter Tomasihad planned out most of the storyline.cite web|last=Berganza|first=Eddie|title=DC Nation 76|url=http://www.dccomics.com/news/?nw=8463|accessdate=2007-09-03] Sterling Gates, whom Johns had met at a convention, was brought in to write a backup story for the Superman-Prime one-shot and co-write "Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Secret Files" #1.cite web|url=http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=134069|title=Who is Sterling Gates?|last=Rogers|first=Vaneta|publisher="Newsarama"|date= 2007-10-26|accessdate=2007-10-29]
The creators called "Sinestro Corps War" "
World War IIwith the entire universe".cite web|last=Morse|first=Ben|url=http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/wizard/003000991.cfm|title=2007 Preview: Green Lantern|work= Wizard Magazine|date= 2007-01-12|accessdate=2007-10-29] In a September 2007 interview, Johns compared "Sinestro Corps War" to the Star Warstrilogy, with ' as ' and "Sinestro Corps War" as "".cite web|url=http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=130914|title=A Sinestro Corps War Report|last=Rogers|first=Vaneta|publisher="Newsarama"|date= 2007-09-27|accessdate=2007-09-27] References to other science fiction stories were made by artist Ivan Reis, who inserted characters such as E.T., ALF and a Predator into large two-page illustrations.cite web|url=http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=140469|title=The Lantern's Artists II - Ivan Reis|last=Rogers|first=Vaneta|publisher="Newsarama"|date= 2007-12-21|accessdate=2007-12-21] The writers also included the sound "EPA" in "Green Lantern" #25 as a direct reference to a scene in " The Simpsons Movie" where Comic Book Guyuses the sound while talking about a fight between Green Lantern and Sinestro.
The main story consisted of 11 parts running through the "Green Lantern" and "Green Lantern Corps" books. Expanding upon the overall story are four one-shots labeled "Tales of the Sinestro Corps", as well as one tie-in with "Blue Beetle" #20. Part One, the one-shot "Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special" #1, was released in June 2007. Parts Two through Ten were released between August and December, alternating between "Green Lantern" #21–25 and "Green Lantern Corps" #14–18, with an epilogue in "Green Lantern" #26. The content of "Green Lantern Corps" #19 was changed to illustrate the battle between Sodam Yat and Superman-Prime in response to the fans' reaction to the story. Geoff Johns announced in October 2007 that the conclusion "Green Lantern" #25 would be delayed two weeks.cite web|last=Brady|first=Matt|url=http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=133962|title=Johns Addresses GL #25 Shipping Slip|publisher="Newsarama"|date=
2007-10-23|accessdate=2007-10-29] After the storyline concluded, "Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Secret Files" #1 was released in December. The issue further explored the back story of the opposing groupscite web|url=http://www.newsarama.com/dcnew/Dec07/solicitations.html|title=DC Comics Solicitations for December 2007|publisher="Newsarama"|date= 2007-09-17|accessdate=2007-09-17] and listed every member of the Green Lantern Corps and Sinestro Corps.
There was much internal discussion at DC about how the storyline would be collected. Eventually DC decided to release two hardcover volumes (a February 2008 release containing the first five parts of the storycite web|url=http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=131633|title="Green Lantern" #23 and "Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Parallax" #1 Get New, Second Printings|publisher="Newsarama"|date=
2007-10-03|accessdate=2008-04-12] and a June 2008 release containing the last six issuescite web|url=http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=139505|title=DC Announces Trade and Collected Editions Through June 2008|publisher="Newsarama"|date= 2007-12-12|accessdate=2007-12-21] ) and a June 2008 hardcover collecting the tie-in issues and backstories. This follows DC Comics' recent trend of releasing durable hardcover collections initially, followed later by softcovers.
Tales of the Sinestro Corps
In addition to the main story, DC released four "Tales of the Sinestro Corps" one-shots in September, October and November 2007. The issues were late additions to the crossover that DC added after the initial successes of "Sinestro Corps War". A hardcover collection of the four issues was released in June 2008. The "Tales of the Sinestro Corps" one-shots focused on:
*Parallax, written by
Ron Marzand illustrated by Adriana Meloand Marlo Alquiza.cite web|url=http://www.newsarama.com/dcnew/Sept07/solicitations.html|title=DC Comics Solicitations for September 2007|publisher="Newsarama"|date= 2007-06-18|accessdate=2007-09-03]
*Cyborg Superman, written by
Alan Burnettand illustrated by Patrick Blaine and Jay Leisten.cite web|url=http://www.newsarama.com/dcnew/Oct07/solicitations.html|title=DC Comics Solitications for October 2007|publisher="Newsarama"|date= 2007-07-15|accessdate=2007-09-03]
Superman-Primecite web|url=http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=127206|title=DC Announces Showcase Presents Changes|publisher="Newsarama"|date= 2007-08-29|accessdate=2007-09-27] (previously solicited as about the Anti-Monitor), written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Pete Woods. The issue also featured the backup story "Fear is a Baby's Cry" written by Sterling Gates and illustrated by Jerry Ordway.
*Ion, written by Ron Marz and illustrated by Michael Lacomb.cite web|url=http://www.newsarama.com/dcnew/Nov07/solicitations.html|title=DC Comics Solicitations for November 2007|publisher="Newsarama"|date=
Story and character changes
"Sinestro Corps War" introduced the
Sinestro Corpsin full after allusions to them throughout the post- One Year Later"Green Lantern" title. Sinestroreceived a major thematic overhaul as a result of his leadership of his eponymous Corps, with parallels drawn between Adolf Hitlerand Nazi Germany. Green Lantern villains Superboy-Prime (later Superman-Prime), Cyborg Superman and the Manhunters became members of the Sinestro Corps. The Anti-Monitor also made his first reappearance since his death at the conclusion of " Crisis on Infinite Earths" in 1985 as the "Guardian" of the Sinestro Corps and later the power source of the Black Lanterns. Superboy-Prime was renamed Superman-Prime during the event. Ostensibly to illustrate his coming of age in the story, Geoff Johns mentioned the ongoing legal dispute over the Superboy name as another reason for the character's new name.
Some changes were also made to the heroes during the course of the storyline. The role of Ion passed from
Kyle Raynerto Sodam Yat, making Yat the "strongest Green Lantern in the universe" as a result according to Johns. The Book of Oa was rewritten by the Guardians to institute 10 new laws for the Green Lantern Corps, the first of which authorized lethal force against the Sinestro Corps. The rebirth of Coast City, the process of which had been seen throughout Geoff Johns' run on "Green Lantern", as "the City Without Fear" was used to symbolically represent Hal Jordan's journey towards acceptance after his resurrection. The second volume of the story's collection revealed that the original plan was for both John Stewart and Guy Gardner to be possessed by Parallex, with artwork of them facing off against Hal Jordan. However, in the midst of the story planning, Johns realized this would make Parallex's possession of Kyle less effective and the segment was dropped and redrawn.
"Green Lantern" #25 expanded on the "emotional spectrum" concept and introduced five new color-based corps of similar structure to the Green Lanterns and the Sinestro Corps. These corps each draw from different emotions, corresponding with the seven colors of the
rainbow(red for hate, orange for avarice, yellow for fear, green for willpower, blue for hope, indigo for compassion and violet for love). Ganthetand Sayd, two Guardians of the Universewho were exiled during the course of the war, were shown as developing the corps that corresponds to the color blue and the emotion hope, while the Anti-Monitor becomes the power source for an eighth color-based corps, the "Black Lanterns", who represent death and the "absence of human drives and emotions". The issue also laid the foundations for the 2009 event "The Blackest Night", something the creators had been working towards since early 2007.
Critical and financial reception
Altogether, "Sinestro Corps War" turned "Green Lantern" into one of DC Comics' most profitable titles.cite news|last=Paggi|first=David|title=Market Watch: Comics - Jan. 3|work=
Wizard Magazine|date= 2008-01-03|url=http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/wizard/006942324.cfm|accessdate=2008-01-07] "Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special" #1, first released June 2007, sold out in a single day.cite web|last= IGN|title=Sinestro Corps Conquers Retail|date= 2007-06-29|url=http://comics.ign.com/articles/800/800693p1.html|accessdate=2007-09-03] DC later reprinted the issue four times, each time with new variant covers by Van Sciver.cite web|last= IGN|title=Sinestro Demands More Reprints|date= 2007-08-27|url=http://comics.ign.com/articles/816/816170p1.html|accessdate=2007-09-03] By August, the issue had sold over 89,000 copies, 36% of which was the result of an unusually high number of reorders.cite news|last=Mayo|first=John|title=Mayo Report: August, 2007 Sales Analysis|publisher=CBR News|date=2007-10-04|url=http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=11625|accessdate=2007-10-06] The first four parts of the storyline, "Green Lantern" #21 and 22, and "Green Lantern Corps" #14 and 15, were released in July and August and also sold out. The issues went to a second printing, with "Green Lantern Corps" #14 going to a third printing. "Green Lantern" #23 and "Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Parallax" #1 later went on to second printings as well. "Blue Beetle" #20 saw much higher sales than usual for the title as a result of its tie-in to "Sinestro Corps War",cite news|last=Mahadeo|first=Kevin|coauthors=Paggi, David|title=Market Watch: Comics - Oct. 30|work= Wizard Magazine|date= 2007-10-30|url=http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/wizard/006226773.cfm|accessdate=2007-11-04] with sales 75% higher than in the previous month.cite news|last=Frisch|first=Marc-Oliver|title=DC Month to Month Sales: October 2007|work= Publishers Weekly|date= 2007-11-30|url=http://pwbeat.publishersweekly.com/blog/2007/11/30/dc-month-to-month-sales-october-2007/|accessdate=2008-01-07]
Critical reception to "Sinestro Corps War" was highly positive.
IGN.com called the story a "smash hit" and " Newsarama" referred to it as both an "action-packed DC adventure"cite web|url=http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=129652|title=Best Shots: JLA Wedding Special, DD 100, New Avengers, and more|last=Brownfield|first=Troy|publisher="Newsarama"|date= 2007-09-17|accessdate=2007-09-17] and "DC's blockbuster event of the year".cite web|url=http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=140352|title=The Lantern's Artists, I - Ethan Van Sciver|last=Rogers|first=Vaneta|publisher="Newsarama"|date= 2007-12-20|accessdate=2007-12-20] Comic Book Resourcesreleased an editorial in mid-October 2007 entitled "Sinestro Corps War" is what " World War Hulk" SHOULD be", citing the former's ability to keep up and gain momentum throughout despite being both twice as large and far less publicized than the latter.cite web|last=Cronin|first=Brian|title=Sinestro Corps War is what World War Hulk SHOULD be|publisher= Comic Book Resources| url=http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2007/10/15/sinestro-corps-war-is-what-world-war-hulk-should-be/| date= 2007-10-15|accessdate=2007-10-31] Comic Book Resources placed "Sinestro Corps War" on its "Best of 2007" list, and named Geoff Johns one of its "Best Writers of 2007".cite web|last=Renaud|first=Jeffrey|title=Geoff Johns Thinking Big in the DCU, Part I|publisher=Comic Book Resources|url=http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=12282|date= 2008-01-09|accessdate=2008-01-11] In 2008, Ethan Van Sciver earned an Eisner Awardnomination for his art in "Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special" #1.cite web|last=Rogers|first=Vaneta|url=http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=154830|title=NYCC '08 Floor Buzz: Ethan Van Sciver|publisher="Newsarama"|date= 2008-04-24|accessdate=2008-04-26]
DC Comics Executive Editor
Dan DiDiopraised the storyline as "the best thing that [DC Comics]put out this year. Without a doubt", and called "Sinestro Corps War" the model for crossovers in 2008 and beyond,cite web|url=http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=140406|title=Talking to Dan DiDio, 2007 - Part One|last=Brady|first=Matt|publisher="Newsarama"|date= 2007-12-20|accessdate=2007-12-21] including " Final Crisis".cite news|last=Phillips|first=Dan|title=Dan DiDio on DC's Future|publisher= IGN|date= 2008-02-11|url=http://comics.ign.com/articles/851/851191p3.html|accessdate=2008-02-16] Didio has also stated that he would like to see a direct-to-video animated "Sinestro Corps War" film similar to "".cite news|last=Ching|first=Albert|title=WWLA '08: DC Comics DC Nation Panel|publisher="Newsarama"|url=http://www.newsarama.com/WWLA/08/DCNation.html|date= 2008-03-14|accessdate=2008-04-04] Geoff Johns suggested elements of "Sinestro Corps War" will appear in DC Universe Online, on which he is collaborating with artist Jim Lee.cite web|last=Renaud|first=Jeffrey|title=Geoff Johns Teams with Jim Lee on DCU Online|publisher= Comic Book Resources| url=http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=18045| date= 2008-09-15|accessdate=2008-09-29]
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