Thal Sinestro is the greatest DC Comics villain. I want to make sure you all are aware of that.
This issue of Superman finds the Man of Steel possessed by the Yellow Avatar Parallax and on the verge of snapping Sinestro’s neck. The two are brought to Qward, a planet in the Antimatter Universe, by its revered Weaponers. With their help, Sinestro manages to capture Superman and Parallax within the planet’s frozen core.
Now Sinestro intends to extract the Yellow Avatar and use its power once more. Superman must stop him, but he also must save himself from Parallax. Can the Man of Tomorrow find a way out of this fear-ridden danger?
I only picked this one up because Sinestro is on the cover.
It’s a good thing, too, because it actually focuses quite a bit on the man from Korugar. He is hellbent on extracting Parallax from Superman, and this comic puts his driven nature and admirable arrogance on full display. Sinestro is a delightful rogue, and, the more comics that use him, the better.
That’s not to pay disrespect to the titular Superman. He is still Superman, and it’s hard to dislike the hopeful and stoic Kryptonian. The means through which he takes control of the situation are very Superman. He overcomes fear with hope, and he sympathizes with the enslaved Parallax and the subjugated Weaponers of Qward. He is not interested in hurting these people any further.
Also, as someone who loves Green Lantern lore, it’s very cool to see the Weaponers of Qward again. It’s been some time since they were last given a lot of a page space.
We see the deepest fears of Kal-El this issue, and that presents much insight into the head of Superman that many comics don’t allow. It’s nice to be reminded that, while he’s not literally human, he is still “human.”
The trio of artists on this comic, Ed Benes, Tyler Kirkham, and Philip Tan, are all quite talented, but it does seem unnecessary to bring in all three. It does cause a noticeable shift in aesthetics some way into the book. While the shift for the fear sequence makes sense, it is distracting in the back half.
Their color work is still excellent though, and the dazzling color of this ring-slinging issue of Superman is appreciated.
Superman #30 is a good read, and it does justice to DC’s greatest rogue.
It made me miss the Cullen Bunn Sinestro title. That comic had its flaws, but the core idea was sound. It still had many good stories, and I would love to see it return.
Anyway, Superman #30 is a solid comic, and it earns a recommendation.
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