Issue by Issue – Jemm, Son of Saturn #3

Writer – Greg Potter
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Klaus Janson
Colours – Tom Ziuko
Letters – John Costanza

After the defeat of Kamah the Koolar, the White Saturnian who somehow survived when Jemm thought them all extinct, he waits for the moment that will tell him what he needs to know. Are there more Saturnians out there aside from he and Kamah or has he killed the last survivor aside from himself? That answer is soon in the coming and he now knows that there are more of his people somewhere out there, all that remains is knowing where and what they want. It is at this point that author Greg Potter takes the reader on a trip to the past, Saturn’s past to be exact, to the time when Jemm was just a little boy. Here, Jemm is excited about life and the world at large and when he does something he knows he should not do, he invites death in the door so to speak and unbeknownst to him, it begins a chain of events that soon spell doom for the Saturnians – Red and White alike. What is especially great about the story is that while it is a fairly sad and dismal tale, Potter still sprinkles hope throughout the book. The fact that some White Saturnians still might live is not essentially a bad thing, for if they live, why not some Red Saturnians? Also told within this tale is the story behind the jewel on Jemm’s forehead and how it not only ties him to the past, but to the future of his people, again perpetuating that hope that Potter has infused his story with. If there is one overarching theme so far within this title, it is that there is always something to look forward to, that one must always continue onwards – to reach forward and to dream of a better future. Getting there is never an easy thing as Potter shows the reader through Jemm’s story, but it has not stopped the alien from doing so. Gene Colan, who continues on the book, brings it to life with his usual flourish and outdoes himself once again. The man has the ability to make the reader experience a gamut of emotions through each page he delineates and it is hard not to feel for the Saturnian when reading about his life. When all is said and done, the authors of this tale make the reader want more and leaves them with a burning curiosity as to what could happen next, something only the best of storytellers are able to do.

4 out of 5

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