Review – Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #1 (IDW Publishing)

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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Angel Hernandez
Release Date: 8th July 2015

So wow, who honestly saw this one coming?

That’s not to say that Star Trek hasn’t done crossovers in the comics realm before, with Planet of the Apes earlier this year and two fantastically 90’s adventures with the X-Men, but a crossover with a DC property is certainly new and exciting. That the crossover concerns the Green Lantern Corps only serves to increase my pre-read hype, as you would be hard-pushed to think of a more space-based DC property. Can these two spacey flavours mix into a beautiful space sundae? Let’s see…

Well, breathe easy, as Mike Johnson serves up a tasty bowl of space goodness. While we don’t yet know why things are so dire for the Green Lanterns in the DC Universe that would cause the last of their Guardians to flee to the Star Trek universe,  we do know that the stakes are high enough to provide a solid basis for this crossover. In this set-up issue we are also treated to the idea of what would happen if the crew of the Enterprise (and a reboot universe version of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’s villain, the Klingon General Chang) were given power rings. From just this opening issue I am already so excited to see what happens when something as alien to the Star Trek universe as superpower-imbuing rings are brought in, and what will happen when cocky spacemen James T. Kirk and Hal Jordan finally meet.

Art-wise the only real trouble I have is that Hernandez’s facial work makes certain characters look like they have been airbrushed for a Victoria’s Secret cover, but honestly I got used to this very quickly, and the rest of the art more than makes up for it. The Enterprise is beautifully drawn  with a fantastic attention to scale and perspective, and generally the issue is filled with large panels that frame some incredibly dramatic reveals, with the Enterprise’s discovery of a dead Guardian of the Universe being a standout. I also found that Hernandez has managed to capture the art direction of the new Star Trek films without overblowing the lens flares. They appear just enough to really cement this story in that established visual style.

So yeah, this is the great start to a crossover mini-series that nobody saw coming, and which seamlessly combined two previously unrelated franchises. Hell, this may even make a Green Lantern fan of me yet.

Rating: 5/5.

ASavThe Writer of this piece was: Andrew Stevens
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