Issue by Issue – Jemm, Son of Saturn #6

Writer – Greg Potter
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Bob McLeod
Colours – Tom Ziuko
Letters – John Costanza

Two stories are told within this issue with the title’s star taking a backseat so that they might be told and despite that, it turns out to be one of the more fascinating books by Greg Potter and Gene Colan so far. The main story deals with a conversation between Superman and Jogarr, leader of the Red Saturnians on New Bhok and of how he came to be so. It is a tale filled with pain and hardship, of trying to stand on one’s own two feet, being cast out because of it, of becoming a leader, a slave and then a leader once more. Jogarr is a complicated man, one who has come to believe in democracy over monarchy and deep within him he holds a hate for a cousin he has never met, that being Jemm as his birth was foretold to herald peace among the races of Saturn and instead all that followed was death. In one sense, Jogarr knows that it is not Jemm’s fault, but Jogarr’s experiences have tainted his perception of certain things and it is what it is. Potter is a master at creating interesting characters and Jogarr is a welcome addition to the book, a character that is sure to make an impact as the story rolls along and he finally comes into contact with Jemm and quite possibly the White Saturnians as well. The second plot to be featured within this issue deals with the recurring Claudius Tull who has plans of his own for the Saturnians – both Red and White. Part of them involves removing Senator Frank Berkley from the board as he is but a nuisance. Tull too, has become a character that is endlessly intriguing – a villain that works through others to accomplish what needs doing, though his ultimate goal and the reasons for it are still his own. Readers cannot help but be entranced by the story that Potter is weaving through all of these supporting members of the cast and it is a bold move to leave the lead of the book on the sidelines so to speak. For his part, Colan continues to paint a harsh and unyielding look at the planet Saturn through the eyes of the different characters and their recollections. It is not only the landscape that Colan paints well, but those that inhabit this ongoing tale and it always looks great from one issue to the next. Potter and Colan tell yet another powerful story and set the book up for the next chapter that is sure to both thrill and delight.

4.5 out of 5

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