Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Far Sector #1 Review and **SPOILERS**

Far, Far Away

Story: N.X. Jemsin
Art & Color: Jamal Campbell
Lettering: Deron Bennett
Cover: Jamal Campbell
Variant Covers: Shaen Martinbrough, Jamie McKelvie
Assistant Editor: Maggie Howell
Editors: Andy Khouri, Jamie S. Rich
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: November 13, 2019


So what do we have here…a Green Lantern book, out on the Young Animal imprint. So is this an out-of-continuity Green Lantern story, or a regular GL story where people say “fuck” a lot? Well, both things will turn out to be true, as you’ll find in my review of Far Sector #1, right here!

Explain It!

So this takes place in a far-flung sector of outer space. Far-flung. Like, super far. Farther than has ever been discussed or explored. Okay? Like, practically a new outer space from the one we know. That’s how far. So if the writer is unable to reference Green Lantern continuity, that’s why. On account of how far away it is all happening. There, Green Lantern Muellin is investigating a murder—the first in about five-hundred years, in fact, on account of a tensely-held situation that put the three races of this far-flung planet in a stalemate. The victim was eaten, the mark of the keh-Topli race, and then people start up fussing and a-feuding again.
Lantern Muellin pokes around a while, and in doing so we learn a couple of things about her. One, her ring was given to her on a one-year trial basis by a hidden entity, and it doesn’t appear to be an actual Green Lantern power ring at all. Two: Muellin really enjoys what she does. While investigating the crime and being cajoled by representatives of this planet’s racial demographics, the keh-Topli murder suspect is found in its cell—murdered!
This is a pretty slick-looking book that introduces a pretty cool new character with some interesting trappings, and an interesting mystery, but it plays out over too many pages. The whole thing feels like a long day at the office, schedule full of meetings. The way that this fits into the Green Lantern universe will need to be addressed, as well. You don’t just up and use a property like that without explaining that this is an alternate universe or some such. I did like this issue as an opener, but if the pace of this story continues at this pace then I can’t imagine I’ll hang in for its conclusion.

Bits and Pieces:

A nice-looking and interesting comic that feels a little bloated with exposition. Green Lantern fans should definitely check it out.


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