The opening of the book is a bit different. The focus of the issue has been entirely moved away from Sinestro and onto his new lackey, Lobo. It really works well and gives the book a bit more of a grounded feeling. The only real complaint about this opening is that Lobo talks way too much, even when no one is around. It's a little weird, but not entirely out of character, although he feels a tad less "suave" in the issue.
Regardless, it's nice to see these character's intertwined in a story where it works and doesn't feel shoehorned. There's a nice transition between all the elements of the story and writer Cullen Bunn has crafted a story that is extremely interesting. The heart of all of this is Saint Walker's journey from helping those in need to the role he's going to play in Sinestro's future.
There's actually a few really exciting moments in the issue where the status quo is seemingly changed. One of them involves something that happens early on to Lobo where the reader is made to think that Lobo's journey is about to change. As vague as that is, this is a story that should be read and not ruined in a review. Later on, there's almost this great moment of redemption for Sinestro, as the reader learns his role in this Green Lantern-less universe. Ultimately, the constant theme of betrayal is a major part of this story and something that's keeping the series fresh, even though it happens on more than one occasion in this series.
Delivering some wonderful art on this issue is Ethan Van Sciver and colorist Jason Wright. There's something that just feels right when Van Sciver is working on a book that heavily features any Lantern corps member. He and Wright's take on Lobo is stunning and Van Sciver has a way of putting rage into Lobo's face that we haven't seen before. Van Sciver also does these pages where a character is featured, much like a splash page, but they are surrounded by panels of action. It's an innovative way to show a character's reaction to what is going on in the moment, especially when that character is just viewing the events around them. In addition, any Lantern book needs a great colorist and Wright does the job. This book, tonally, isn't the happiest thing in the world, so Wright's bright colors are a nice balance to the cruelty happening within.
SINESTRO #15 is a nice "worlds collide" issue following Lobo, Saint Walker, and the titular star Sinestro. What keeps this book engaging is the twists and betrayal and the reader never being able to fully trust any of these characters. There were some very minor problems in the opening with Lobo explaining everything about his current mission, but overall, Bunn, Van Sciver, and Wright craft an issue that offers a compelling story that is a ton of fun.