What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Far Sector #5! I don’t think there has ever been a book from DC that I have looked forward to each month as much as Far Sector. This is one of the more unique Lanterns introduced, settings for a Lantern’s jurisdiction, as well as immersive experiences for life at the edge of the universe. DC called this another incredible issue, and I had to agree when I got to the end of this chapter.
The pacing was good for this chapter. It was interesting that they would create such a gap in time between this issue and the last, but it worked for the fact that we were able to see exactly what happens when these tragedies occur, and how the powers that be pull strings to hit the reset button. It was one thing for these people to openly admit these things to Jo, though it was another thing to see them pull off the act before her very eyes. That is one sure way to challenge Jo where she was already behind the curve in understanding how things work here.
At the same time the opportunity was not wasted to show more of what makes this world tick. As strong as the focus is on the emotions and conflict, there are still other things to discover about the way that these people live. What we had to looked forward to from this chapter was what happens when Jo’s attempt to ‘follow the money’ is complicated after discovering the City Enduring’s form of cryptocurrency is mined by an underclass of artificial lifeforms. When you think of underclass and mining, the first thing to come to mind is not artificial lifeforms. This was a clever twist to further explore how backwards the system is. It made a big difference to see this through the perspective of Jo’s AI. Jo doesn’t connect with these people as well as she could, but she makes the moments count when opening up to the right people.
With that said, the big thing for this issue was unraveling the mysteries of Sojourner ‘Jo’ Mullein’s origins and her recruitment into the Green Lantern Corps. It has been a slow crawl getting bits and pieces of the life she lived before, though that was all worth it to consistently create interest in getting the full story. As much as I myself wanted that full story, to get it came with a different feeling. When you take into account the age of Jo, that meant she grew up during times where the world was still not so kind to a person of color. Opportunities were not as glamorous as they could be now. It was heartbreaking to know who Jo is now, and then understand the past which molded her.
Obviously, all of these things are only as important as making sure that by the end of the issue we are seeing plot progression. It took some time for us to get back to Jo taking the next steps in her investigation, but when they did, they teased some big developments. Mainly when it comes to the things she could only pick up by talking to the right people, and picking up on the right words which carry tone.
Things were a bit more tame this issue, but you know that even then an artist like Jamal Campbell has no problem toying with the unique opportunities afforded to him by drawing a Lantern. What makes Jo so intriguing in contrast to other Lanterns is both the reliance and way that she uses her ring. One thing which jumps out at you in almost every issue is the way that she uses constructs as part of her attire. The hat and cloak she wore this time around was very fitting. Stylish, and was a good look for someone who actually has a background in being a cop. It was also nice to still see some of the style that goes into her regular look. A bit of how everyone else dresses, though still her look. Aside from this, you had to love the emotional elements he poured into this chapter through a focus on the key character moments. It mattered seeing Jo go through all of the motions one would growing up in the world she did. The anger, frustration, the defeat that comes with a fight which has never been in her favor.