Synopsis: In Far Sector we get a unique story about one of the newest members of the Green Lantern Corps. For the past six months, newly chosen Green Lantern Sojourner “Jo” Mullein has been protecting the City Enduring, a massive metropolis of 20 billion people. The city has maintained peace for over 500 years by stripping its citizens of their ability to feel. As a result, violent crime is virtually unheard of, and murder is nonexistent.
Far Sector tells the story of Green Lantern Sojourner “Jo” Mullein as she investigates a murder on a planet that hasn’t seen such acts in over 500 years. Due to something called the Emotion Exploit the people on the planet are prevented from feeling emotions. However, when a murder takes place in The City Enduring. The leaders of the city require the help of Jo Mullein to solve the crime and over the course of her investigation. Jo finds herself embroiled in a standoff between the people of this world and its leaders when it is found that the people are using a manufactured drug in order to feel emotion.
So what starts out as a simple murder becomes much bigger. Jo finds herself uncovering a conspiracy, which involves various people who are at the heart of the planetary government. The question that everyone seems to be pondering is whether the emotion exploit is a good or a bad thing.
Not Your Usual Comic Book
Far Sector is not your usual comic book narrative. There is no big bad guy. No deaths of main characters. If anything the comic very much does its own thing and gets to the various plot points that it needs to by alternate means.
For me, this book felt more like a science fiction novel given comic book form. It explored how a societal structure can be built to disadvantage one of the races of people that live in that society. For example, in the story, we have one race of people who are not biological called the @At, which is annunciated AT-AT. These people exist in avatar form if they can afford to and seem set up to be at the service of the two biological races of the planet. Although some do aspire to high office on the planet’s council as well as on the police force.
It’s a quite clever way of highlighting many of the issues that our society is struggling with right now. Which is something that good science fiction. Even science fiction in comics will often highlight. In the book, the @AT characters exist in the main city of Enduring but also have their own Cyberworld. Which Jo gets to visit in one of the best chapters of the story. The @AT play a key role in this story and are a really interesting part of the world, which N.K .Jemisin has built.
The character drawings in Far Sector are fantastic. Sojourner “Jo” Mullein has a fantastic look when she is in her Green Lantern uniform that very much sets her apart from other Green Lanterns we have seen. I also liked the look of the various alien races as well. Particularly that of the @At’s who could probably look like anything or anyone that they want to. I also liked the look of the police uniforms on this planet. Which looks quite imposing, which is by design.
Overall. The art in this book is fantastic. It’s like reading a movie as it is all very cinematic and then some.
The book also includes a section at the back where we get a glimpse at the artist’s working process behind the various characters and things featured in the book.
Far Sector is probably the best thing from DC that I have read this year. This graphic novel packs a punch and collects all 12 issues of the book into one glorious volume. The creative team should be proud of what they have done here because I sense that this book is going to be right up there with the classics such as Watchmen and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns when it comes to comics.
The book very much does its own thing and weaves together a fantastic story with lots of political intrigue and nuance. In fact, I can see myself reading this again at some point. If only to pick up on stuff that I may have missed on my first read-through.
Overall. Far Sector delivers a compelling story. Interesting characters and gives readers lots to think about. In short, it is everything that a really good story should be. I hope that we get more stories from Far Sector in future years because it feels like there is a lot more to explore. Well done DC Comics for commissioning this. It is one of the best things I have read all year.
You can get yourself a copy of this graphic novel from the 19th of October at all good book and comic book stores. I highly recommend you give it a try as you will not be disappointed. It’s well worth £22.00 for what you get.