Golden City Vol. 3 Polar Night lives up to its name, as we start off with Banks being delivered to a maximum security prison in the polar wastes. Banks is the former president of a floating utopia catering to the rich and powerful- but someone has replaced him with a clone who looks just like him. Now Banks has been sentenced to hard labor and his future looks grim. The environmental themes continue here as well, with the felons sent to this prison being used for hazardous toxic waste clean up on the ocean floor.
Banks makes friends with a rather timid inmate, which ends up saving his life as he has a sadistic overseer who'd like to see him dead, but once he escapes he's still not in the clear. Sister Lea from volume one conveniently shows up and recognizes him, and the clone realizes he needs Banks alive to answer certain questions Lea asks- questions only the real Banks could answer. So Banks has a chance right? Well... maybe.
This volume was a little slower paced than the previous one and I would have liked the story to move along a little farther, but it was still good. We don't see much of the orphan kids who sort of share a starring role in this with Banks, but I know they're going to come back into focus. The art as always is stunning, with some shots of Golden City that are amazing. The prison and underwater environments are artfully detailed as well. This is a visually amazing graphic novel with a fun story, amazing worldbuilding and stellar art- a pretty good package all around.