Publisher: IDW Publishing / DC Comics
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Angel Hernandez
Release Date: 21st December 2016
This is the follow up to the surprisingly fun Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War which was released in 2015. I say surprising because I really didn’t think that worlds of the 23rd Century explorers and 21st Century Police force would mesh, but was more than happy to be proved wrong when, in fact, they did.
In The Spectrum War, our colourful heroes helped save the universe with the aid of Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise from Nekkron, only to become stranded in their 23rd century universe. Stranded without their power batteries. Now the whole spectrum of Lanterns appear to be using their powers, and, with no access to their power batteries, and they are having to adapt.
A Green Lantern story isn’t complete without Sintestro, just as a Star Trek story is incomplete without the Klingons. Here, Sinestro has taken control of the Klingon empire. He still wants a piece of Hal, and when Jordan and the Enterprise find a Manhunter, one from this universe, Sintestro rocks up and both he and Hal realise that if there are Manhunters, there must be… a reason for you to read this book. So, go buy it or read a spoiler somewhere else.
Mike Johnson follows up his excellent work on the first series with some exceptional characterisation. It really does feel that the Lanterns are interacting with the current iteration of the Enterprise crew. This is helped by the admirable art of Angel Hernandez. His work imagines the crew so well, it’s almost like watching them rather than reading.
This first issue is a perfect continuation of the Star Trek/Green Lantern universe, and sets up a great quest storyline. I for one will definitely be hanging about to see where this story ends up.
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