What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Far Sector #3. As of late I’ve noticed something. There’s a problem with the Green Lantern fanbase. We have all these wonderful Green Lanterns, especially from Earth. Yet we argue and fight over whether we should have that many? What makes a book like Far Sector so brilliant is not the fact that Jo Mullein is another human Lantern from Earth. It’s the fact that this is a completely different person from every other one we have been introduced to. They all are. The appeal has always been that no matter where you are from, you come from a different walk of life.
That same appeal also extends to the kind of work that Lantern tackles, and it doesn’t get as bold as it does when it comes to Jo’s sector and first job in it. As I said before, so far this creative team has set-up a brilliant mystery here. How do you draw the line between what you read on their faces, and what they express through their words? Where do you drawn the line between having real emotions and simulating it out of basic habit? Far Sector #2 assured us all that finding the answers to all of this is going to be easier said than done. Particularly when the very people who you are supposed to be able to trust to solve this mystery can be every bit of a problem and/or obstacle as seen from the last page of Far Sector #2.
Where this issue picked up, there was a chill in the air. The one thing about this mystery that really puts you on your toes is the fact that there is nothing to trust about what Jo sees. There are unknown elements everywhere you look, and the most terrifying thing is the unknown in assuming you know people who you can’t read on the surface. This new interaction with Councilor Marth opened the doors to so many questions you weren’t prepared to ask so soon. All questions we were probably meant to be asking alongside Jo as there is so much about this civilization that we are all simply discovering along the way.
What we got out of Councilor Marth ended up being very enlightening. I mean, who would have thought someone would turn out to be so easily transparent about what he says without the need for a proper interrogation? Its one thing knowing that there are people out there who believe against everything the majority stands for that they should be free to feel emotions. It is another thing to have that person be so upfront about those beliefs. No matter the amount of transparency, it was what he said in the moment which grabs your attention more than anything. In this issue it also helped that this was a time where also protests could begin breaking out in supporting of feeling. Hearing both sides on that front didn’t hurt one bit, and only opened our eyes to what can only be understood by talking to people directly.
Beyond this, like the two issues before it was nice that they continue to emphasize the fact that there is a whole backstory to Jo that we have yet to get into. I don’t know how they will approach getting into this without taking us out of the mystery, but it is appreciated that the opportunity is not wasted to consistently give us a reason to care for figuring out Jo entirely. I feel like it will be deserved, and as of right now this issue stirred up so much interest in the kind of life she lived to influence the way she sees what’s unfolding in City Enduring.
Even with this third chapter I could not help but feel blown away by the work from Jamal Campbell. Here I was so amazed by the work that he had done with Naomi, but he truly took it to the next level with Far Sector. I think it really helped being given the room to draw, render, and color a world that is completely new and detached from anything normal, by Earth standards that is. Not to mention the room given to stretch his legs and draw characters you don’t see anywhere else in the DC Universe. These aliens have elegant designs to them, and that is not just limited to their looks. Their clothing styles also grab your attention for the level of fanciness pulled off. Like the second issue, his color choice was brilliant. Whether it was the bold and vibrant colors used to make Jo’s power pop on the pages, it was the colors he used to set the atmosphere for various scenes and settings. I was also still impressed by the effort that Jamal puts into the unique structures which Jo creates with her ring. She may be a rookie, but that does not stop her from doing more than thinking of the simplest shapes and structures.
Credit goes to Deron Bennett too. His lettering made a big difference in engagement with these characters. There are some scenes where it would benefit using borders for the word balloons, but aside from that you welcome the distinction put into everyone’s voices.