Far Sector #1 is an interesting series as it takes the familiar concepts of the Green Lanterns but is released under the DC’s Young Animal imprint. It’s an imprint that is known for it’s wilder takes on characters, a bit more of an indie and experimental flair in some ways. Far Sector‘s debut though is a pretty standard police procedural but it’s absolutely amazing.
Written by N.K. Jemisin, one of the furthest sectors of the Green Lanter’s reach and introduces us to Lantern Mullein. Mullein is a human Lantern thrown into this alien world. She acts as a detective in a world without murder so lacking procedure. But, when a murder happens it’s her role to not just figure out the why but prevent more.
Far Sector #1 is a fairly standard police procedural with some twists. But, it’s a damn good one with a tight narrative and perspective. So much information is provided to shape the world and characters. And while doing so Jemisin is still able to create a smooth story that’s engrossing and engaging. It never feels like an information dump but a natural voice and flow to it all.
Jamal Campbell‘s art is amazing. Campbell’s work on Naomi should have gotten the entire industry to take notice but this debut plants a flag. Campbell is joined by Deron Bennett‘s lettering. Filled with beautiful greens, the art is full of details as Campbell adds more depth to the world beyond Jemisin’s words. Every character is unique and stands out in the attention to the differences, no matter how minor, to make them distinctive.
Far Sector #1 feels like a standard Green Lantern story in many ways but the quality of the writing and art makes it stand out. This was an unexpected debut partially due to the imprint. When I expected quirky, I got something that’s far from it and runs circles around some of its spandex sister series. It’s a hell of a debut and one that should be on everyone’s pull-list.
(W) Jody Houser (A) Adriana Melo, Mark Morales (CA) Mikel Janin In Shops: Nov 13, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass, and what did Harley and Ivy find there? A tea party with some very unexpected and uninvited guests! It turns out the Mad Hatter has a game of his own to play, and Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn must decide between fight and flight. And is that gift Lex Luthor dropped off for Ivy actually of any use, or is it just a steaming pile of manure?
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The monsters have united in the aftermath of Melmoth’s attack, but one of their own has gone missing! Andrew Bennett, a.k.a. I, Vampire, has gone straight to the source of the evil that threatens the city, but the fanged one finds attacking Melmoth’s acolytes is biting off a little more than he can chew. Frankenstein leads Killer Croc, Lady Clayface, Orca, and the mysterious Red Phantom on a chase through the Gotham underground to try to rescue Bennett and shut down whatever Melmoth has planned next. But will their showdown at the Gotham City Zoo attract the attention of any of Gotham’s other protectors? Batwoman, perhaps?
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For centuries children have been told to be careful about what they wish for, and after years of yearning for his beloved to return, Mr. Freeze finally gets it. But frozen hearts don’t melt easily, and after years in cryostasis, Nora Fries is the ultimate ice queen. Gotham and Victor Fries will never be the same again.
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Selina Kyle reconnects with her criminal roots, but to be Gotham City’s top thief again, she has to take out the boss. Using the gift given to her by Lex Luthor, she finally has the key to everything Raina Creel wants-and Catwoman is going to get it first. Which all sounds dandy in theory, but Creel has come too far and put up with too much humiliation from Catwoman to let her win again. It’s a Year of the Villain showdown, but who here is the baddest baddie?
(W) Warren Ellis (A) Kevin Nowland (A/CA) Bryan Hitch In Shops: Nov 13, 2019 SRP: $3.99
A man was murdered, and the Batman is in his head-and he knows how it happened. All he has to do now is survive his own deduction. Don’t miss the second chapter of this new thriller from writer Warren Ellis and artist Bryan Hitch!
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Unable to cope with Black Lightning and Batman’s methods, Duke Thomas finds refuge in the philosophy of Ra’s al Ghul, becoming the latest acolyte of the Demon, as Ra’s at last begins to rebuild his empire!
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From the Eisner Award-winning team of superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and groundbreaking artist Alex Maleev, the shocking conclusion to the biggest DC mystery of the year! Who is Leviathan? What do they want? How have they dismantled the most powerful secret agencies in the world? And what’s their next deadly move? The greatest detectives of the DC Universe descend on Leviathan, and all the answers are revealed! Don’t miss the shocking conclusion of this storyline!
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What could be blacker than the Blackest Night? From the pages of Dark Nights: Metal comes a Dark Multiverse retelling of the Green Lantern event that changed the DC Universe forever…only this time, the Black Lanterns win! Now, 23 days after the apocalypse, witness the rise of Sinestro as the Limbo Lantern! Trapped between life and death as a White and Black Lantern, Sinestro seeks to save the universe-or end his miserable life-once and for all! Joined by Dove, Lobo, and Mister Miracle, the last living beings in the universe will put everything on the line to give their world one final chance.
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On Alice’s sixth birthday, her dying great-aunt sent her the birthday gift she didn’t know she always wanted: a big, beautiful 19th-century dollhouse, complete with a family of antique dolls. In no time at all, the dollhouse isn’t just Alice’s favorite toy…it’s her whole world. And soon, young Alice learns she can enter the house to visit a new group of friends, straight out of a heartwarming children’s novel: the Dollhouse family. But while the Dollhouse family welcome her with open arms, in the real world, her family life is becoming much more complicated…and deep within the Dollhouse’s twisting halls, the black room waits, with an offer to Alice. The house can fix all this, the black room says. All she has to do is say the words…
Longtime collaborators Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Lucifer, The Unwritten) are joined by Vince Locke (The Sandman), to bring their most horrifying vision yet to Hill House Comics-a story that echoes into centuries past, into Alice’s tormented future, and into the beating heart of the madness that makes up our world…literally.
Plus, in chapter two of the “Sea Dogs” backup story written by Joe Hill, spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge’s monstrous scheme is underway as his coerced crew of bloodthirsty colonial lycanthropes prepare to gut the Royal Navy from within!