Far Sector #3 Comic Review
Writer: N.K. Jemisin
Artist/Colorist: Jamal Campbell
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Cover: Jamal Campbell
“I’ma Start a Riot”
What You Need to Know
Green Lantern Mullien uncovers some fascinating revelations about a segment of the City Enduring’s population and realizes that the citizens of this alien planet are not so different from the human race on Earth. Mullien also learns that those put in charge of the city may not even be able to be in control of themselves. Mullien will have to use the power of her ring to protect the people of the City Enduring from themselves.
What Just Happened
This issue picks up directly after last issue, with Green Lantern Mullein confronting Councilor Marth about using switchoff. Mullein and Marth have a philosophical debate about the history of the City Enduring and how it relates to a board game played in the city. Marth believes life without emotion leads to failing to learn from your mistakes.
This issue, we are introduced to Mullein’s assistant @ICanHazEarthStuf101. The assistant informs Mullein that her father sent an email that will take some time for her to receive it because she is light years away. Mullien cries herself to sleep and appears to be homesick or misses her family/friends.
Mullien later responds to a protest that requires crowd control. Mullien is tasked with quelling a riot of over 100,000 people. Mullien has to end the protest or the Peace Accountants will kill the protesters. There are 2 opposing sides of the protest. Anti Switchoff and pro switchoff. Mullien sees America’s societal issues in the issues that the City Enduring faces. Mullien pleads with the peace officers to contact Councilor Marth to call off the assault on the protesters. Mullien is informed that Marth made the order to fire on the protesters. The peace officers fire on the protesters. Mullien becomes enraged and attacks the peace officers firing on the protesters.
So far, each issue of Far Sector has moved at a brisk pace. This is the first issue where I’ve felt that the issue could have benefitted from a slower pace. The issue starts out with some exposition from Marth and Mullein but their conversation was a little hard to follow and was also dull to me. I do find it interesting that Marth feels emotion is what keeps people from feeling regret and learning from struggles or mistakes.
N.K. Jemisin also introduces an assistant for Mullien. This character appears out of nowhere with no explanation until a couple of panels after she is introduced. @ICanHazEarthStuf101’s (or CanHaz) name is hilarious, and she seems like she will be bringing some witty banter to this book. The fascination with “Earth memes” like cat photos was a funny recurring joke in this issue. We get some information regarding Mullien’s family in this issue, and it looks as if Mullien still has some emotional connection to them. I hope we see this fleshed out more and we get to see their reactions to her going into deep space as a Green Lantern.
Mullien responding to a protest reminds her of how similar the City Enduring is to Earth even though it is millions of miles away. Jemisin utilizes a great juxtaposition between the protesters in City Enduring and police brutality in America. Mullien may be unaware of just how strong some of the people of the city feel about switchoff and the emotion exploit. Seems like a large portion of the people feel that emotions are a necessary part of life and Mullien probably agrees with them. Even if she disagrees, Mullien is reminded of how cold state-sanctioned violence can be, but now she has the power to take justice into her own hands.
I don’t know what else can be said about Jamal Campbell’s art. His art combined with Deron Bennett’s colors looks like still frames of an animated movie. City Enduring looks like a combination of biological and mechanical resources combined from the 3 planets that compose this world. The art is consistent and top notch.