Review – Star Trek/Green Lantern #2 (IDW Publishing)

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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Angel Hernandez
Release Date: 12 August 2015

Last issue really left us in an exciting place, with Hal Jordan protecting the Enterprise with a green energy shield and the crew and enemies of the Enterprise being bestowed with rings of power. But most importantly, it left us with a burning question; just how will two of the cockiest forces in pop culture, Hal Jordan and Captain James T. Kirk, react to each other?

First off, Mike Johnson is making everything that he can of this event comic. What would a Klingon despot do with a yellow power ring? Well you’re gonna find out. How will the crew of the Enterprise react to developing superpowers? We’re gonna explore that too. Hell, why not explore some aspects of the new Star Trek continuity in the wake of the destruction of Vulcan while we’re at it? Johnson has kept this very much a Star Trek comic at the core, while interjecting a real curveball with the Green Lantern stuff.

The art is a bit of a mixed bag. Generally everything looks really good when it’s the focus, however background faces can end up looking almost nothing like who they’re meant to be, or – in some cases – just a little bit silly. The rest of that mixed bag is really good though; the space fights and the fights that occur in space are beautiful and very dynamic. Characters fueled by rage appear to be ripping themselves straight from the page, and others fueled by hope and joy appear lifted and lighted by their new powers. In a comic where emotions are literally superpowers it’s great to see such a dark to light contrast between our rage and fear fueled villains and our joyous heroes aboard the Enterprise.

This is still a set-up issue at heart, but what it’s setting up is some of the most fun Star Trek you’ll get to read in comic form.

Rating: 4/5.

ASavThe Writer of this piece was: Andrew Stevens
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