TBR Clearout: Far Sector by N.K. Jemisin with Jamal Campbell Review

Even just holding Far Sector, it feels substantial. The trade paperback is more than 300 glossy pages, collecting N.K. Jemisin’s run of Green Lantern for DC’s Young Animal imprint.

Genre: Sci-Fi Superhero Graphic Novel
Recommendation: Buy (Available at Bookshop.org*)
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Even just holding Far Sector, it feels substantial. The trade paperback is more than 300 glossy pages, collecting N.K. Jemisin’s run of Green Lantern for DC’s Young Animal imprint. The story that unfolds shows off Jemisin’s masterful world-building, and how the condition of that world affects the people living in it.

The premise behind the graphic novel is that a new Green Lantern, Jo Mullein, is sent to the City Enduring to solve the first murder in over 500 years. Peace between the three prominent species had been maintained due to Emotion Exploit, a genetic hack that removes all emotions from the population. However, this murder signals that the gene hack-induced peace is about to collapse.

The story is heavy on local politics and examines the way that material conditions affect people’s choices. For example, the @At, a digital species that lives in the local servers, need intellectual stimulation like memes. These have become luxuries, as the Emotion Exploit interferes with the creation of art. This then fuels underground business that circumvents the exploit to fuel this economy.

Jo’s story also examines this, from the lens of her reflecting on her time as a police officer prior to becoming a Lantern. While she is light years away from Earth, clear parallels are drawn between her Earth experience of navigating a corrupt justice system and the political mire of the City Enduring. This graphic novel deeply reflects on being entrusted with justice and how that power affects the wielder.  In this aspect, it’s a classic Lantern story that is relevant for modern audiences.

Pick it up if you like:

  • Sci-fi noir embedded in city politics
  • A fast-paced action story
  • Rich illustrations of a sci-fi world
  • A protagonist struggling with justice, power and making bad relationship decisions
  • Experimental Green Lantern rings

Content Warnings:

  • Explicit discussion around grappling with police brutality inflicted on black Americans
  • Explicit body horror
  • Moderate drug use

Representation Notes:

  • Black bisexual main character

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Rigby Bendele (they/them) is a white, nonbinary writer and game designer from Richmond, VA. They’re a member of SFWA and have written adventures for Paizo’s Pathfinder and Starfinder roleplaying games. Follow them on Storygraph or Twitter.

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