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Noteworthy Issues: Far Sector #1 (November, 2019)

Sojourner Mullein is a new member of the Green Lantern Corps with a very specific assignment.

DC’s Young Animal imprint was, for a time, something like a replacement for the Vertigo line as a means of producing more adult-leaning, experimental works.  That doesn’t mean it was completely outside the mainstream DC Universe or anything.  It was just in something like a weird corner of it.

Take the Green Lantern story Far Sector for example…

Issue:  Far Sector #1, November 2019

Writer:  N.K. Jemisin

Artist:  Jamal Campbell

The Plot:  New Green Lantern Sojourner Mullein has to solve a murder in a place where there shouldn’t be one.

Commentary:  OK, this is different, that’s for sure.

Sojourner Mullein is a new member of the Green Lantern Corps, but her ring is a bit different as is her assignment.  Sojourner’s ring only has some functions and not others–it does not appear it will allow her to fly, for example–but her space sector is itself different from most places.  Sojourner is stationed in the City Enduring, home to 20 billion people made up primarily of three different races.  Each race has their own seat on the ruling council, and no one seems to like dealing with them.

Oh, and the City Enduring did something to essentially dull the emotions of all the residents to keep violence out.  The problem there is Sojourner, the closest thing the city has to a detective of any kind, was just called in to try and solve the first murder the city has seen in roughly 500 years, and it was a pretty gruesome one at that.  How can a murder like that even happen when no one has strong feelings?

Oh, and Sojourner has never really investigated a murder either, so it’s not like either she or the local peace force is equipped to handle something like this.

As first issues go, it isn’t bad.  I’m not 100% sold on the “no emotions” thing since a lot of people seem to be mighty annoyed with each other.  I think I need to have a better understanding on how that works, but the bigger focus here is on the new Green Lantern with an experimental ring that doesn’t behave the same way other Lantern rings do, and her unique station and how she got there.  It’s promising, but I think I wanted more out of this character.  Then again, this is the comic book debut for sci-fi writer Jemisin.  It might be a little rough as it goes as a result.

Grade:  B