And Then I Read: FAR SECTOR by N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell

Image © DC Comics. Cover art by Jamie McKelvie

Recently I read a fantastic trilogy of award-winning science fiction novels by Jemisin, beginning with “The Fifth Season,” and when I reviewed them, several people told me I should read her Green Lantern series from DC. I’m out of touch with new comics, so I didn’t even know about it, but I followed that advice, and I loved the twelve-issue series (bought the digital collection on Amazon).

Sojourner “Jo” Mullein is an Earth woman with a history of trying to help others and prevent crime. She’s been a soldier and a police woman, and when offered the chance to become a new Green Lantern, she jumps at it. Her ring is not a standard one, it charges itself from the energy of its wearer. It’s not as powerful as the usual GL rings, and takes longer to charge. Mullein has been assigned to a sector of space far from our planet. So far, she doesn’t even know what the sector number is, and contact with others in the Corps is nonexistent. A GL has been requested by the governing council of The City Enduring, a massive place with billions of inhabitants of three diverse peoples and also digital beings. It has long kept its peace through mandatory treatments that repress emotion, but some rogue inhabitants have found a way to get around that, and Jo finds herself facing the first murder in The City Enduring in hundreds of years. And it won’t be the last. Mullein’s investigation takes her deep into the hidden sides of the city, and to the highest levels of government. Will she have the strength and ability to solve the case?

Wonderful work, highly recommended. Jimisen creates a complex setting full of complex people, but makes it work beautifully as an exciting story. The art is excellent, too.

Far Sector by Jemisin and Campbell

One thought on “And Then I Read: FAR SECTOR by N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell

  1. David Goldfarb

    I’m not sure I buy the “less powerful” part: every GL ring seems to be exactly as powerful as the plot requires, hers included. Her ring does have the advantage that it doesn’t require a battery: she’s been appearing in the regular Green Lantern comic, and there was an arc where the Central Power Battery was deactivated and her ring was the only one that was working. On the other hand, in normal times Hal and John and co. can spend 30 seconds doing a charge and be immediately at full strength. On the whole the “slow charge, no battery” thing seems to me like more of a drawback than an advantage.

    Sadly, the artist for the GL series didn’t get the memo about her ring looking different from a normal one, which is a pity, as Campbell gave it a great design.

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