“The prelude to “The Blackest Night” continues, building off of FINAL CRISIS: RAGE OF THE RED LANTERNS! Hal and the Green Lanterns venture to the prison planet Ysmault to face the full fury of Atrocitus and the Red Lantern Corps. Meanwhile, the war lights ignite across the universe as the Controllers seek out the Orange Lanterns.”
A bit of a misleading description here by DC. Hal is certanily on his way to Ysmault, but is ambushed and goes on a detour to the home planet of the Blue Lanterns. That is what this issue deals with.
Hal is again put face-to-face with Ganthet, whom he’s none too fond of, and is confronted with a piece of news that could be shattering to the Corps. Meanwhile on the Red Lantern’s planet of ickyness, Sinestro is bleeding out for the enjoyment of all the Red Lanterns. In a further motion to knock Sinestro down a few pegs, Atrocitus engages in a verbal showdown with the master to fear. Not only does Atrocitus make some very good points, but also sends a shock through Sinestro that moves him closer and closer to being a likable character.
I predict that by the end of “Blackest Night” we’ll not only like Sinestro, we’ll be rooting for him.