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'Sinister Sons' #6 caps off the boys' first big adventure with heart and stakes galore

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‘Sinister Sons’ #6 caps off the boys’ first big adventure with heart and stakes galore

‘Sinister Sons’ deserves a big, bright future of villainy and emotionality.

In a convenient bit of storytelling magic, Sinister Sons truly reached its potential with the penultimate fifth issue. Lor and Sinson had battled their way through a giant space whale, forged the early foundations of their “friendship,” and were all set for really big things by helping out ol’ Daddy Sinestro (ew, sorry) in building New Korugar.

But could their stepping up continue with the sixth and final issue? Or had creators Peter J. Tomasi and Vasco Georgiev peaked a little early, making all that wonderful build and development for not? While there’s clearly still story left for the Sinister Sons, this chapter ended on a proper high that checked all the major boxes.

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Box No. 1 is, of course, getting the Sinister Sons out into the big, wide universe (as I’ve repeated ad infinitum). I don’t want to spoil too much, but the duo’s future looks bright as they’re charged with a rather “special” role in continued development of New Korugar. It’s maybe a small step, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not important; it’s one that’s tied to the Sinister Sons’ still burgeoning status and yet respects the sheer potential and promise of this pairing. It’s just a silly but serious enough “post” that it should make for heaps of story potential even as it also gives the boys access to some essential threads in the continually-evolving DCU.

As an extension of that, the emotional weight and depth of this issue achieved a similar level of value and significance. Namely, as the pair confront Sinestro for a much-needed paternity test, that serves as the genesis for some important development and understanding for both the boys as individuals and as a team. Sinson gets a chance to engage with why he wants a father, and what he might really need. Lor, meanwhile, maybe understands Sinestro’s lesson a little more effectively, but it doesn’t really change the fact that he’s forced to engage with the idea of family, lineage, connection, etc. in a way that could prove difficult. And from that, the boys find something resembling commonality, even if it’s just the idea that family, embraced or not, is something important and something that will ultimately define the two.

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That gives us a clearer understanding of where Lor and Sinson are at individually and how all of that feeds into and informs their dynamic going forward. There’s still some solid tension (as you’d want and expect from supervillains teaming up), but it’s also nice to see the team of the Sinister Sons align more effectively. And, as a neat bonus, Sinestro comes off looking like both a proper big bad and someone with at least a sentimental bone, and it’s equally nice to see the boys have an impact and give us some kind of new perspective into an established player like Sinestro.

At the same time, so much of this book isn’t just about their growing pains and emotional development; it’s also been about the kind of general madness that the pair can get up to and how that helps shape the two. (And also how it connects them with the “tradition” of Super Sons as a viable part of the larger shared universe.) While there wasn’t nearly as many space whales in the finale, Georgiev (alongside colorist Tamra Bonvillain and letterer Rob Leigh) were able to bring the visual magic in other ways.

'Sinister Sons' #6 caps off the boys' first big adventure with heart and stakes galore

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Namely, a rather massive fight involving Lor, Sinson, and Sinestro. It breaks down in a few different ways, but regardless, it’s a fully extended bit of intensity for this book. We get to see the boys get a little dirty and bloody, and through that we begin their immersion into adulthood and sorting our their respective lives/careers in a way that’s different and maybe a little more direct than some of the actual storyline. There’s a heft and power across this issue, and it feels like both a proper distraction and augmentation when so much of this chapter was also interested in more extended displays of emotionality and in-depth convos. I loved the way the Sinister Sons fought — Lor is a bit more direct and forceful, while Sinson has a little more intensity and grace, and that speaks volumes about the boys.

That, and the fights themselves are still structured in a way to maximize the sense of comedy and to highlight that these are two young dudes with plenty of growing up to do. And that part is just as vital in the grand scheme of this issue and the story at-large. Because we needed something to maintain the joy and heart, and we found that in the kind of naivety and tendency for slap fighting that also defined the boys’ extended “confrontation” across this issue. From that, we are reminded that there’s still frivolity in their hearts, and even as they grow up and set themselves on a specific path, their future is still wholly unwritten and maybe even has room to be silly.

'Sinister Sons' #6 caps off the boys' first big adventure with heart and stakes galore

Courtesy of DC Comics.

The Sinister Sons are on a journey, and this lighthearted energy reminded us that nothing is set in stone but the strength and commitment these two share. From that, the universe is practically theirs for the taking, and that’s an important thread in our engagement with this book and the long-term future and potential of the Sinister Sons as a “property” in the DCU. It was the art that showed us there’s still more mistakes to be made and things to figure out, and it supported an important issue emotionally and thematically with ample joy.

The end of issue #6 pretty much tells us where and when we might see the Sinister Sons again. And even if it was some kind of foregone conclusion, I’m still pretty happy about it. Because while this journey has clearly had its ups and downs, the creative team had heaps of love and excitement to lend the Sinister Sons. All that showed as the story ended with lots of big adventure, plenty of laughs and heart, and with enough shape/form to prove that this team is a viable thing both like the Super Sons and its own thing entirely.

Wherever the cosmic road takes them, the future is undeniably bright (and super entertaining) for the Sinister Sons.

'Sinister Sons' #6 caps off the boys' first big adventure with heart and stakes galore
‘Sinister Sons’ #6 caps off the boys’ first big adventure with heart and stakes galore
Sinister Sons #6
The sixth and final issue doesn't just open up new roads for the Sinister Sons, it also gives us a fun, charming, and resonant end to their first chapter together.
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We get to see who these boys are together and separately as they grow into proper villains.
The art facilitates so much of the joy and innocence here in a powerful complement to the story.
This is how you tell both a fun little story and build in bigger odds and a roadmap for the future.
If you don't embrace the cutesy fun of this book, it may not be quite as resonant or important.
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