“High on Switchoff” (Far Sector #2 Comic Review)

Far Sector #2 Comic Review

Writer: N.K. Jemisin

Artist/Colorist: Jamal Campbell

Letterer: Deron Bennett

Cover: Jamal Campbell

“High on Switchoff”

What You Need to Know

The body count has doubled and Green Lantern Mullein is in hot pursuit of a suspect. Mullein is also still learning about the City Enduring and its citizens. Mullein is also learning that just because she’s light years away from home, doesn’t mean it does not have the same problems as Earth.

What Just Happened

This issue picks up from last issue with Sojourner Mullein is in pursuit of her murder suspect. Mullein eventually loses the suspect. It seems Mullein has not fully learned how the use her Green Lantern ring, and she is not able to fly for long period of time.

Back at the crime scene, analysis shows that the suspect that was murdered was under the influence of a drug called switchoff. Mullein gains some perspective from Councilor Thorn of the keh-Topli of how his people are. Later, Mullein spends time with Szyn and notes that she and Szyn tried to be a couple but it did not work out and they are just friends. Szyn also gives Mullein some perspective on the keh-Topli from her species’ experience.

Mullein meets with Counselor Marth to see if she can meet with the family of the slain Nah. Marth asks Mullein to dance. Mullein eventually gets back on topic, and Marth provides Mullein with a dossier on the victim to aid Mullein’s investigation. Mullein feels Marth is acting funny, and realizes that Marth is on switchoff. Marth states he wants to talk about murder.

My Thoughts

Far Sector is still in the world building stage so far. N.K. Jemisin is doing a good job with building this world while providing some answers while leaving just as much questions. We do learn the Lantern’s full name: Sojourner Mullein. We also learn that Mullein is still very inexperienced as a Green Lantern as she can’t fully control her Green Lantern ring. I still feel something is very strange about her ring and how she got it, as it is still unclear how she got the ring and found herself on the City Enduring.

I really enjoyed Mullein’s interactions with Councillor Thorn and Syzn. I am fascinated by the keh-Topli and their nature. It seems like the obvious choice for this species to be villainous but I don’t think this will turn out to be the case. I do want to see them feed just for the simple fact it looks terrifying. I also was interested in the fact that Mullein tried to make a relationship work with Syzn. Curiosity and loneliness would probably lead any human to see what being romantically involved with an alien on a distant planet would be like. Syzn’s perspective on the keh-Topli also paints the species in a scary light so it points to them being misunderstood even more.

We also learn about the drug switchoff in this issue. With emotions being banned on the City Enduring, this drug activates dormant emotion. The issue is the 3 species that inhabit the planet tend to be self-destructive when they have access to the emotional spectrum. This plays into Mullein’s interaction with Councillor Marth as she learns that Marth uses switchoff after she realizes he is acting erratically. This drug may play a big part in solving this mystery.

The art continues to amaze thanks to Jamal Campbell. This artist is a superstar that is on an epic run in 2019. The art in Far Sector screams Afro-Futurism, which N.K. Jemisin is all too familiar with. The keh-Topli has the most striking design of the 3 inhabitants of the City Enduring. The city continues to look like a beautiful futuristic metropolis. I also enjoyed the design of Mullein’s Green Lantern constructs. Mullein may not be the most experienced Green Lantern, but her constructs show how creative Jamal Campbell can be.

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Marcus Freeman

Marcus Freeman

Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.
Summary
The mystery continues on the City Enduring. Green Lantern Sojourner Mullein loses her suspect but gains valuable intel on the species that the killer may or may not belong to. Mullein also learns about the effects of switchoff and how it may be connected to the murder investigation. It turns out switchoff is more prevalent than what the council lets on.
Good
  • Beautiful art
  • We learn a little bit more about Mullein and the species of the City Enduring
Bad
  • Plot is moving kind of slow
8.5
Great
Story - 8
Art - 9.5
Character Development - 8
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Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.

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