Series: Far Sector
Published: December 11, 2019
Story: N.K. Jemisin
Art & Color: Jamal Campbell
Lettering: Deron Bennett
Summary: 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…
“Imagine yourself hollow, Lantern Mullein. Aching with emptiness. Cold with it. Alone inside your own skin. And in the moment that you feed…warmth. Something fills you. Not merely flesh, but a presence. Another soul, as bright and strong as your own…”
The City Enduring has a strange but effective way of keeping its citizens in line, and the tactics used doesn’t differ much from ones used in The Giver. Interestingly, the circulation of a new ‘genetic cocktail,’ Switchoff, that provides the City Enduring’s occupants with the emotional freedom that they once had, has led to a series of murders. This leads me to ask the question: is emotional freedom a good thing, or a bad one?
While I am not for implementing some sort of drug-induced emotional sterility program, I do think that the questions being asked in this series are worth discussing. Thus far, N.K. Jemisin has done a fine job in provoking meaningful thought in ways that are interesting and exciting, and Jamal Campbell’s artwork has been stunning.
Far Sector continues to impress. Thought-provoking and exciting, N.K. Jemisin’s Green Lantern Corp. story is a must-read.