For the past six months, newly chosen Green Lantern Sojourner “Jo” Mullein has been protecting the City Enduring, a massive metropolis of 20 billion people. The city has maintained peace for over 500 years by stripping its citizens of their ability to feel. As a result, violent crime is virtually unheard of, and murder is nonexistent.
My friend recommended me this book, and I’m so glad he did!
First of all, the artwork was absolutely stunning. The panels were so detailed, the line art was fantastic and the colours…chefs kiss! Secondly, I’ve never read N.K. Jemisin before, but wow! The amount of world building and character development throughout, it’s no wonder they’re so many of my friends favourite author! I loved taking my time, going through each chapter and just admiring the beauty of this book. It’s one that really deserves a lingering eye, because it’s obvious how much work was put into it.
Although I didn’t include this bit in my review on Goodreads, I need to talk about Jo’s hair. The fact that the artists gave her multiple hairstyles, aside from her usual look…like girl has braids, buns, fros…and there was texture to it! You could see the texture in the images! This made me so happy. I love that she tied her head at night too, and that other black characters (or black coded in the case of the Nah or other species) had a variety of hairstyles. I don’t see this often in graphic novels. I mean, I get hyped at seeing hair that kind of looks like mine in a kids book. I’ve never seen it done to this degree of detail in a graphic novel! So as a member of the curly club, I’d like to just extend my deepest respect and gratitude to everyone who worked on this graphic novel. Again, this is just another layer of the amount of detail that was put into each and every panel!
I think the @At were my favourite species, mainly because of the whole cat memes thing, and the fact that they were called @At.
I also loved how there were parallels throughout the book between The City of Enduring and Earth, which created serious confliction in Jo. I think given Jo’s backstory, this really added depth to her character, and allowed her to make the right decisions. It was clear from the start, that Jo valued justice, and this is what made her such a great character to root for.
Overall this was a fantastic edition to the Green Lantern storylines, and I’m so happy my friend recommended it to me! I’ll also be checking out more of Jemisin’s work in the near future!
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