Far Sector #4 Comic Review
Writer: N.K. Jemisin
Artist/Colorist: Jamal Campbell
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Cover: Jamal Campbell
“I Don’t Even Go Here”
What You Need to Know
In the aftermath of intergalactic police brutality, Green Lantern Mullien comes to the defense of the protestors on the City Enduring. Mullien also learns more about the history of the city and its struggle to suppress emotion. Now that Mullien is more aware of what the city is really like, can she do her job and preserve the peace on the City Enduring?
What Just Happened
The issue picks up from last issue with Lantern Mullien using her ring to shield the protestors from gunfire. The peace officers stand down after Mullien blows up one of their vehicles. Later the peace officers analyze Mullien’s ring in comparison to other Green Lanterns and realize her ring is different from the others. They also discover Mullien does not need a power battery and her ring is also not as powerful as the other Green Lanterns.
Meanwhile Mullien goes around the City Enduring helping out protesters who were assaulted by the peace officers. Mullien then meets Stevn of the Glacier’s wife and learns that the protest was her and her people’s idea. The wife explains that she believes the emotion exploit prevented the murderer from learning to deal with her own desires. She also feels she can’t even grief properly. The protesters will also settle for the decriminalization of switchoff. Mullien is informed that the protests will continue until their demands are meant.
The next day, Mullien presents the protesters demands to the council. Mullien lectures the council on how to treat a community and uses American history as an example. The council admits that this isn’t the first time the community has had emotional outbursts and in the past they have ignored the community uprisings. After the meeting, Mullien’s ring notifies her that it has used up the energy on her power ring and it will take 5 days to recharge. Mullien flashes back to when she first received the ring. She was given a year to have the ring.
N. K. Jemisin continues to do a great job in paralleling the issues taking place on the City Enduring, with societal issues that have plagued our world for generations. How many times have you turned on the news and saw nonviolent protesters being met with overly aggressive responses from law enforcement that represents the wealthy and powerful? Green Lantern Mullien sees first hand how similar City Enduring is to Earth by witnessing police brutality first hand. Mullien believes that peace officers should actually protect the people and not execute them. Luckily Mullien has the power to protect the community and let the peace officers and the council know that she will use her power to do what she believes is right.
What I found very interesting about this issue was the revelations the peace officers made regarding Mullien’s power ring. I have had my own suspicions since the first issue and now we are starting to get some concrete information. We still need to know who gave Mullien her ring and what made her accept this assignment.
The most interesting part of this issue for me was seeing Mullien meet with the council and providing them with her findings from being on the frontlines with the protestors. Mullien is pretty fed up with the council and is even angrier when she finds out that this is not the first time they have dealt with protestors divided by the restriction of emotion. Mullien is now imposing her will on the council and learning whom on the council are actually allies and who is just trying to preserve the status quo.
The art continues to be amazing for this book. Jamal Campbell is a superstar artist and he can make simple things like conversations look amazing and compelling. I believe the art could sell this book alone, and N. K. Jemisin is no slouch as a writer, and that’s putting it lightly considering her history in the science fiction genre.