Issue by Issue – Jemm, Son of Saturn #4

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

Greg Potter starts the fourth issue of Jemm off a little slow, but with some good characterization and the introduction of some new characters – friends of Crazy Freddie. The book also finds a guest-star in the form of Superman who is doing a little investigating into the reports of the aliens as reported by Charles Dade – the man who has sworn vengeance upon all extraterrestrial life due to the death of his fiancé. Additionally, the reader is soon made privy to the fate of Kamah the Koolar, who is indeed alive and which then leads to the revelation that more Saturnians have survived and who are none too happy to hear reports of Jemm’s existence. The one thing that has not been made clear as of yet is just why it is that the Saturnians have come to Earth. One of them, Jemm for instance, could easily be explained away and while Potter is sure to reveal this at some point, the presence of the White Saturnians remains more than a little intriguing. Eventually, things pick up with some good action courtesy of Gene Colan whose pencils during the fight between Superman and Jemm comes to a head, though of course as readers know, it is all a misunderstanding. The one mistake that Potter and Colan might have made is the final fate of Dade as he was shaping up to be a really good villain. He may have only been a human amongst beings far more powerful than himself, but he had a madness and zealotry about him, a determination brought about by grief that made him dangerous and there was every possibility that he could have become a real threat in the long run. Be that as it may, Jemm is going to have his hands full with his fellow Saturnians, though if he is lucky, he will have Superman on his side to balance the scales a little bit. If there is one aspect that is truly balanced in this book that makes it as good as it is, it is the human cast that surrounds Jemm, the pairing of innocence and the fantastical. It might seem strange at first, but what better way to show Jemm the best that humanity has to offer than through the eyes of a child? A strong issue that plays off the strengths introduced early on in the series and a conclusion that begs for more.

4 out of 5

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