Review – Sinestro: Year of the Villain #1 (DC Comics)

Sinestro Year of the Villain #1 (DC Comics) cover (detail) by Brandon Peterson
Sinestro: Year of the Villain #1
  • Writing - 8/10
  • Art - 6.5/10
  • Overall - 7.3/10
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Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Yildiray Cinar
Inks: Julio Ferreira (pg 21-26)
Colorist: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Steve Wands
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Release Date: August 8, 2019

Sinestro seeks to destroy “gods”, but how do you stop something that can heal itself? 


Who Do You Serve? Sinestro: Year of the Villian #1

Year of the Villian is in full swing at DC comics and it is time for Sinestro to get into the mix. Lex Luthor’s plan has seemed to have agitated some old “gods” from another universe. The whole destruction/doom thing doesn’t seem to sit well with them. They are slowly destroying planets and strategic markers to stop Luthor. Given the power of the ultraviolet spectrum, Sinestro is tasked to stop these beings at all costs. But how do you stop “gods” that can heal themselves? Sinestro has a will and a way.


Sinestro Year of the Villain #1 (DC Comics) cover by Brandon Peterson
Sinestro: Year of the Villain #1 (DC Comics) cover by Brandon Peterson

My main reason for picking up Sinestro: Year of the Villain #1 was seeing that Mark Russell was writing the one-shot story. As with most people, I have come to know Russell for his comedic social commentary on books like Prez, The Flintstones and more recently The Wonder Twins. The series I have read his work in always seem to have a “goofy” tongue-in-cheek concept with some biting words toward cultural and social issues plaguing society. Russell always seems to mix in some oddball humor with his social commentary as well. Noted: I have not read all of his works, just the main things seem to have the same trend.

Sinestro: Year of the Villain #1 has that recognizable Mark Russell voice in the writing, but the goofiness is turned down and a little more serious look at life is given through Sinestro’s eyes. I can’t really divulge too much without spoiling the issue, but I do like some of Russell’s thoughts on who we serve and why. Like most of Russell’s work, it will make you think a little while reading it. That the issue is a little more serious does not mean that you can’t catch some of that oddball Russell humor as well. Some of it is in the background of the story and it is not used as much, but you catch a glimpse of it here and there.

I like Russell’s take on Sinestro as well. We get quite a bit of Sinestro’s inner dialogue throughout the issue, and Russell gives the character a unique take on life and his place in it. It is a little different take on the character than what we are used to seeing. Not completely different but Russell puts some little tweaks in there that I enjoy.


Yildiray Cinar handles the art duties with Julio Ferreira with inks on pages 21-26 and Hi-Fi on colors. All in all, the art is pretty solid. It is not the greatest ever but it has solid construction and looks good. It is good sequential art, but also nothing really jumps out upon viewing the book. I do wish the design for the “god” creatures would have been a little more inventive. Visually, they just don’t look stunning.

Toward the end of the issue, there are some great pages as Sinestro reveals to Luthor how his plan unfolded and what happened. The colors work well and I like the blue and purple colorations of this ultraviolet-powered Sinestro, even if his costume design leaves much to be desired. 


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.

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