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Preview: Far Sector #7

Far Sector #7

Story: N.K. Jemisin
Art: Jamal Campbell

On today’s agenda: a giant mech fight, transforming her consciousness into digital information, and a high-speed pursuit through an alien computer network. All with six minutes of power left. But it’s all in a day’s work for Green Lantern Jo Mullein as she comes closer to unraveling the greatest conspiracy the Green Lantern Corps has ever seen. Far Sector continues on a new bimonthly schedule.

Far Sector #7

Review: Far Sector #6

Far Sector #6

To say DC’s Young Animal‘s Far Sector is capturing the zeitgeist of the time isn’t quite right. The series is at this point prescient. It deals with drug laws, police brutality, bureaucratic incompetence, social action, social justice, and more. The first issue was released in November 2019, months before COVID-19 was a thing and a half year before the current calls for justice and change across the United States. It’s a comic that was clearly written to talk about all of these issues which have been brewing for decades without knowing what was to come in reality. Far Sector #6 just so happens to release this week dealing with the fallout of police shooting at a peaceful protest killing individuals. It’s something that’s, unfortunately, playing out on our television screens and social media in real life as well.

Written by N.K. Jemisin, the series follows a Green Lantern named Jo, a former police officer and soldier on Earth, who is whisked away to an alien world. There, a murder has been committed that she must investigate. There’s also a political uprising brewing. The citizen’s emotions have been suppressed to create peace but a drug is allowing that to be overridden. Those that want to “feel” have recently protested for the right to take the drug. Those in control opened fired on the protesters killing some and injuring more. It’s eerily timed with recent events. Far Sector #6 deals with the fallout of that decision, one that so many of us wish would play out in real life. Don’t let that cover fool you. While the issue deals a lot with emotion, the series is a politically relevant whodunnit.

With leadership making decisions on logic, actual accountability is taken for their actions. The councilor who called for the shooting has taken responsibility and announced his resignation. That will take place after a referendum vote to legalize the drug “Switchoff.” This comes after an apology and investigation recognizing mistakes. Despite the closeness to reality, the issue didn’t quite hit the way I thought it might. Instead, we get a quieter issue of two characters discussing decisions and their roles and what has happened due to those decisions. The fact that the results feel adult in a way, with politicians taking responsibility, is cathartic and pollyannaish in so many ways.

But, what’s interesting is the debate within the issue of making decisions based on logic versus emotions. The issue never quite gives an answer as to which is right and which is wrong but it makes the reader ponder, especially with what’s going on today. In the comic, logic dictated actions which resulted in the death of peaceful protesters. In the real world, emotion drives the President which has also resulted in hurting peaceful protesters. There’s a lot to chew on just with that and so much more in the comic series left to go.

The art by Jamal Campbell continues to be stunning. With color by Campbell and lettering by Deron Bennett, the series is a beautiful dystopian fascist nightmare. The art is some of the best on the shelves today with colors that pop. The designs are amazing, the panel layout interesting, framing of scenes engaging. Campbell nails it in every way. Bennett’s lettering too is important. The series has alien languages, different fonts for some characters, and some fantastic use of lettering to create a sense of action. The aesthetics of the comic is on another level and has been throughout the series.

Far Sector might be one of the most important series on the shelf today. While it clearly went into things looking to discuss real-world issues, those issues have flared up and the comic has echoed moments we’re seeing played out in real time. While the lack of escapism might seem like a negative, it in fact feels like a positive. The comic is helping me process reality and work through what we’re seeing and experiencing. This series was already one of the best being released, it might now be one of the most important.

Story: N.K. Jemisin Art: Jamal Campbell
Color: Jamal Campbell Letterer: Deron Bennett
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Far Sector #6 (of 12)

Far Sector #6 (of 12)

(W) N.K. Jemisin (A/CA) Jamal Campbell
DC’s Young Animal
In Shops: Jun 03, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Tensions in the City Enduring are high as the Emotion Exploit-the mandatory genetic tech that strips citizens of their emotions in the name of peace-is up for referendum. But Jo’s attentions are divided when Councilor Marth makes a surprising and distinctly emotional overture…

Far Sector #6 (of 12)

Preview: Far Sector #5 (of 12)

Far Sector #5 (of 12)

(W) N.K. Jemisin (A/CA) Jamal Campbell
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The mysteries of Sojourner “Jo” Mullein’s origins and her recruitment into the Green Lantern Corps are finally revealed. Meanwhile, Jo’s attempt to “follow the money” is complicated when she discovers the City Enduring’s form of cryptocurrency is mined by an underclass of artificial lifeforms.

Far Sector #5 (of 12)

Preview: Far Sector #4 (of 12)

Far Sector #4 (of 12)

(W) N.K. Jemisin (A/CA) Jamal Campbell
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
SRP: $3.99

With the so-called Peace Division firing upon the protesters it’s meant to protect, new Green Lantern Jo Mullein devises a novel solution to bring the chaos to a close-one that causes the rookie Lantern to run afoul of the City Enduring’s leadership council. Meanwhile, we learn more about Jo’s recruitment into the Green Lantern Corps, and the nature of her mysterious and unique power ring.

Far Sector #4 (of 12)

Preview: Far Sector #4

Far Sector #4

Written by N.K. Jemisin
Interior and Cover art by Jamal Campbell
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020

Writer N.K. Jemisin (the award-winning author of The Broken Earth and Inheritance science fiction trilogies) and artist Jamal Campbell (co-creator of Naomi) continue the story of Sojourner “Jo” Mullein when Far Sector #4 hits shelves on February 26, 2020. With the so-called Peace Division firing upon the protesters it’s meant to protect, new Green Lantern Jo Mullein devises a novel solution to bring the chaos to a close-one that causes the rookie Lantern to run afoul of the City Enduring’s leadership council.

Meanwhile, we learn more about Jo’s recruitment into the Green Lantern Corps, and the nature of her mysterious and unique power ring.

Far Sector #4

Preview: Far Sector #3 (of 12)

Far Sector #3 (of 12)

(W) N.K. Jemisin (A/CA) Jamal Campbell
In Shops: Jan 22, 2020
SRP: $3.99

DC’S YOUNG ANIMAL
Protecting the City Enduring’s population of 20 billion aliens gets even harder when rookie Green Lantern Jo Mulein is thrust into the middle of a massive protest that’s about to get out of hand. What do the protesters want? The right to feel.

Far Sector #3 (of 12)

The Last God #1 and Far Sector #1 Go Back to Print

For fans of swords, sorcery and fantasy horror or far flung sci-fi adventure, 2020 is an even happier new year with news from DC that the debut issues of The Last God and Far Sector are headed back to press for their second printings!

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson with art by Ricardo FedericiThe Last God tells the story of two fellowships of heroes as they take on the same apocalyptic threat, but decades apart. With the realm of Cain Anuun and the very world falling apart around them, a new group of unlikely warriors must band together to accomplish an impossible task:

Kill the Last God, once and for all.

The second printing of The Last God  #1 will feature a recolored version of the original cover by Kai Carpenter and arrive at retailers on January 29.

The Last God #1

Far Sector #1, the sold-out debut issue by writer N.K. Jemisin and artist Jamal Campbell featuring the first appearance of rookie Green Lantern Sojourner “Jo” Mullein, is also headed back to press for a new, second printing!

Far Sector #1 will feature a recolored version of the original cover by Campbell, with an on-sale date of January 29.

The latest title from DC’s Young Animal imprint curated by Gerard Way, Far Sector #1 stars former NY police officer and newly chosen Green Lantern Sojourner “Jo” Mullein, assigned to the other side of the universe, protecting a massive metropolis called the City Enduring. After enjoying centuries of unprecedented peace, the city suffers its first murder in 500 years—sparking a mind-bending sci-fi mystery.

Far Sector #1

Review: Far Sector #2

Far Sector #2

Far Sector #2 is a hell of a detective story. Though it takes place on an alien world and involves a Green Lantern, at its heart, it’s a crime tale. It’s also fantastic.

Writer N.K. Jemisin keeps the story grounded in numerous ways. Though there’s aliens and a fantastical world, Jemisin focuses on the main characer Jo. It’s an interesting story that cares as much about giving its main lead depth as it does the action and mystery. But that extends beyond Jo. Jemisin makes sure we learn about the world and the alien races it inhabits.

What’s most interesting is Jemisin keeping the story familiar. There’s the relationships and interactions between characters that stands out. But, there’s also familiar concepts like drug abuse and use. It’s sci-fi being used to mask real-world issues.

The art by Jamal Campbell is amazing. Joined by Deron Bennett on lettering, the comic is as amazing visually as it is to read. There’s a style to it all that feels fresh and fantastical. The designs are hauntingly beautiful and reflect the concepts presented. They invoke emotion but at the same time feel devoid of it. Underneath that beauty something feels sinister about it all. The art evokes an emotional read adding to Jemisin’s detailed dialogue.

Far Sector #2 is a fantastic follow-up. It adds depth to characters and the world while moving the murder mystery forward. Only two issues in a twelve-issue series, I’m already saddened there’s an endpoint. This is a world I already want to see more of.

Story: N.K. Jemisin Art: Jamal Campbell
Color: Jamal Campbell Letterer: Deron Bennett
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Far Sector #2 (of 12)

Far Sector #2 (of 12)

(W) N.K. Jemisin (A/CA) Jamal Campbell
In Shops: Dec 11, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Rookie Green Lantern Sojourner “Jo” Mullein’s investigation of the first murder in 500 years hits a snag when the murderer is murdered. Whatever’s going on, it’s something to do with Switchoff, a highly illegal genetic cocktail that restores dangerous feelings to the emotionless citizens of the City Enduring…

Far Sector #2 (of 12)
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