Issue by Issue – Jemm, Son of Saturn #11

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

Though it was not Jemm’s fault and it was bound to happen again at some point, history has now started to repeat itself with war breaking out between his people, the Red and White Saturnians. Jemm of course is disheartened by this turn of events and while he does feel betrayed by these very same people, he nevertheless is committed to helping both from the imminent threat which has just reared its head – Claudius Tull. With this issue, all of the plot threads that Greg Potter has been weaving have all started to come together, both on Earth and in space. It could be this very moment, out of everything that has happened, the one where an attack by a man driven insane by power could be the catalyst that brings together the two Saturnian races with Jemm caught in the center of it all. There is nothing the man wants more than peace between his peoples, but all of it just seems so hard and the weight of what he must do feels heavy, but do it he will. Back on Earth, Bouncer fights for his freedom, ready to cast off the chains that have held him down for so long and beside him is Lincoln, finally ready to fight for his brother and his family after realizing that he has nothing else. That theme of hope that Potter has woven throughout the series rears its head again through the actions of all these characters and it finally shines its light on the White Saturnians, specifically Synn as her lover Farr sacrifices himself for her. This too marks a turning point in the series and in the character of Synn, for it is then that she finally shows a little humanity, that there is a spark deep down within that proves she cares about something other than death and conquest. Gene Colan continues to outdo himself one page at a time and the book is stunning to say the least. Jemm is portrayed as the prince he is, especially when he goes to meet Claudius Tull in the vastness of space between the two Saturnian forces. Colan has proven to be equally adept at both action and emotion, laying it all upon the page for the reader to soak up and as the book moves towards its final page, it is utterly thrilling. There is one big question that needs to be asked when the story reaches its conclusion and that is if Jemm’s actions will be what brings his race together or will peace always be out of the question? A fantastic issue through and through.

4.5 out of 5

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