- Labeled the first renegade of the Green Lantern Corps, I was banished to the underbelly of the universe, the Antimatter Universe... and delivered back into darkness. For the first time in my life -- I felt fear. And I was blinded by its brilliance. I believed fear to be a part of the chaos I abhor, but it was more controlling than all the willpower in the universe. And it would be mine.
- — Sinestro
Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1 is a one-shot with a cover date of August, 2007.
Synopsis for "The Sinestro Corps War, Prologue: The Second Rebirth"
Sinestro, reflecting on his past as a Green Lantern, his banishment from the Corps and subsequent battles with Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner, recites the oath of the Sinestro Corps as he charges his Yellow Power Ring.
Hoping to learn more about the Sinestro Corps after Batman had nearly been drafted into its ranks, the Justice League attempts to question Zoom about the whereabouts of Sinestro, his former Secret Society of Super-Villains teammate. The speedster escapes their clutches, revealing nothing. Hal Jordan decides that answers will best be found on Oa and flies off.
In Sector 424, Graf Toren and Vode-M encounter a yellow power ring flying indiscriminately through space, nearly destroying a spaceborne church lying in its path. They are joined by Kyle Rayner, who, through the power of Ion, is able to capture the ring. Unfortunately, it isn't the only one, as dozens of other rings fly past them.
On Oa, the Guardians of the Universe question the imprisoned Cyborg Superman about his knowledge of the Multiverse. Henshaw has discovered that New Earth is the keystone of the multiverse, and if it is destroyed, so will the rest of the Multiverse, leaving only the Antimatter Universe intact. The Guardians suspect that Henshaw plans to do this, noting his destruction of Coast City, which allowed Parallax to gain control of Hal Jordan. They also note that Coast City, though rebuilt, is largely empty despite Hal Jordan's protection: it remains a place of fear. Henshaw counters that without life, there will be no fear, avarice, or hate, while Ganthet and Sayd, a female Guardian, counter that with life, there is hope, compassion, and love. The two believe that an ancient prophecy known as the Blackest Night is coming to pass. The other Guardians, however, dismiss the prophecy and order Henshaw imprisoned for all eternity to preserve the safety of the multiverse.
Meanwhile, Guy Gardner visits Salaak, trying to get Hal, Kyle, and John Stewart an audience with the Guardians. Hal has brief incident with the other Lost Lanterns, much to John's annoyance. Kyle is moody, remembering that his mother's will is being read on this day. All he really wanted from her estate was a painting of a boy in a field, which they used to make stories about. However, as they're speaking, the yellow ring transports Kyle to the Antimatter Universe world of Qward. Here, he witnesses a massive gathering of the Sinestro Corps. He is noticed, and is soon captured by Sinestro.
Meanwhile, Oa is attacked by a strike team of Sinestro Corps members. Bedovian starts off with a sniper attack, three sectors away, and continues firing until John Stewart takes him down with his own sniper rifle. After the battle, which results in many Green Lantern deaths, Hal, Guy, and John learn that Superboy-Prime has been freed from his sciencell.
On Qward, Sinestro tortures Kyle and reveals that Ion is a willpower entity that was bonded to Kyle and removes it from him. Sinestro further reveals that his mother didn't contract a mysterious virus, but was instead infected by Despotellis, a sentient biovirus and Sinestro Corps member, as Kyle's fear is losing the people he loves. All but broken, a frightened and weakened Kyle is sent into the Yellow Lantern Central Power Battery and possessed by Parallax. He is announced to be, along with Henshaw and Superboy-Prime, the herald of the Sinestro Corps' Guardian of Fear. On Oa, Ganthet and Sayd feel a wave of coldness wash across the emotional spectrum, and fear that a great evil has returned.
Heading into their base, Sinestro and Parallax enter a room where Henshaw is being repaired and Superboy-Prime is outfitted with new armor. Sinestro announces that the Corps is ready as he and Parallax bow before their guardian...the Anti-Monitor.
Appearing in "The Sinestro Corps War, Prologue: The Second Rebirth"
- Green Lantern Corps
- Arisia (Cameo)
- Barin (Dies)
- B'dg (Cameo)
- Boodikka (Cameo)
- Cundiff Cood (First appearance; dies)
- Diamalon (First appearance; dies)
- Graf Toren
- Guy Gardner
- Hal Jordan
- Hannu (Cameo)
- Ion (First appearance)
- Jack T. Chance (Cameo)
- John Stewart
- Kyle Rayner
- Vode-M (First appearance)
- Guardians of the Universe
- Justice League of America
- Sinestro Corps
- Amon Sur
- Borialosaurus (First appearance)
- Braach (First appearance)
- Bur'Gunza (First appearance)
- Cyborg Superman
- DevilDog (First appearance)
- Duel Eknham (First appearance)
- Feena Sik (First appearance)
- Flayt (First appearance)
- Gleen (First appearance)
- Haasp (First appearance)
- Horku (First appearance)
- Kretch (First appearance)
- Kryb (First appearance)
- Low (First appearance)
- Mallow (First appearance)
- Moose (First appearance)
- Murr (First appearance)
- Romat-Ru (First appearance)
- Schlagg-Man (First appearance)
- Scivor (First appearance)
- Seer Ruggle (First appearance)
- Setag Retss (First appearance)
- Sirket (First appearance)
- Slushh (First appearance)
- Smithwick (First appearance)
- Snap Trap (First appearance)
- Stanch (First appearance)
- Tekik (First appearance)
- Tri-Eye (First appearance)
- Green Lantern Rings
- Green Lantern Central Power Battery
- Lasso of Truth
- Yellow Power Rings
- Yellow Lantern Central Power Battery
Synopsis for "Tales of the Sinestro Corps: The Greatest Once, the Greatest Again"
Sinestro was sent by the Guardians to Earth to train Hal Jordan. Although initially shocked at Jordan's recklessness, Sinestro soon learned that the human was much like himself and they came to trust each other.
However, a later visit to Korugar caused Jordan to label Sinestro as an oppressive dictator, resulting in his banishment from the Corps. He was sent to the Anti-Matter Universe, where he crafted a new ring and met the Anti-Monitor.
Appearing in "Tales of the Sinestro Corps: The Greatest Once, the Greatest Again"
- Sinestro (Flashback only)
- Kilowog (Flashback only)
- Tomar-Re (Flashback only)
- Guardians of the Universe (Flashback only)
- Ganthet (Flashback only)
- Anti-Monitor (Flashback only)
- Antimatter Universe
- Sector 2814
- Earth (Flashback only)
- Sector 1417
- Korugar (Flashback only)
- Sector 0
- Oa (Flashback only)
- "The Sinestro Corps War, Prologue: The Second Rebirth" is reprinted in Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War.
- "Tales of the Sinestro Corps: The Greatest Once, the Greatest Again" is reprinted in Green Lantern: Tales of the Sinestro Corps.
- Batman references being almost recruited into the Sinestro Corps at an earlier date. This occurred in Green Lantern (Volume 4) #17, see excerpt.
- Vixen mentions that the Flash hasn't given them a definitive answer yet. He just came back from being lost in the Speed Force during the Lightning Saga as of Justice League of America (Volume 2) #10, and has yet to confirm that he will rejoin the League until Justice League of America (Volume 2) #12.
- Cyborg Superman and the Guardians of the Universe talk about the values of life. He argues that without it, there would be no fear, avarice or hate. Ganthet and Sayd argue that without it there would be no hope, compassion or love. Another Guardian tells them that this is about maintaining order, and to leave emotion out of it. This is almost a direct metaphor for the War of Light leading into Blackest Night.
- Superboy-Prime was imprisoned in the middle of a Red Sun Eater back in Infinite Crisis #7.
- Amon Sur says that Kyle Rayner was the first Green Lantern to disgrace him. This happened in Green Lantern (Volume 3) #164 when Sur was working for the Black Circle.
- The death of Maura Rayner in Ion #12 is mentioned.
- Green Lantern Recommended Reading
- Green Lantern (Volume 1)
- Green Lantern (Volume 2)
- Green Lantern (Volume 3)
- Green Lantern (Volume 4)
- Green Lantern (Volume 5)
- Green Lantern (Volume 6)
- The Green Lantern (Volume 1)
- The Green Lantern: Season Two (Volume 1)
- Green Lantern Corps (Volume 1)
- Green Lantern Corps (Volume 2)
- Green Lantern Corps (Volume 3)
- Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors (Volume 1)
- Green Lantern: New Guardians (Volume 1)
- Green Lanterns (Volume 1)
- Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps (Volume 1)
Links and References
War of Light Crossover