Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War by Mike Johnson – A Review

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Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War by Mike Johnson
Art by Ángel Hernández
Science Fiction | Superheroes | Comic Books
Published by IDW Publishing
Released April 12th, 2016
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Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_3_and_a_half_stars

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know I’m obsessed with all things Star Trek. Something else you should know is that the only DC Comics series I care for at all is Green Lantern. So, naturally, this 6-issue comic book series caught my eye.

The Spectrum War brings the Green Lantern universe into Star Trek’s Kelvin timeline after the Lanterns are decimated by Nekron, aka death. Ganthet, a guardian of the universe, uses a last-ditch effort to save the remaining Lanterns called The Last Light, essentially throwing anyone still living into an alternate reality.

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Note: For anyone not familiar with Star Trek, the Kelvin Timeline is that of the newer films, Star Trek, Star Trek Beyond, and Star Trek Into Darkness.

Rings of all emotional spectrums end up in this new universe, with three of the rings ending up with Starfleet officers aboard the USS Enterprise, and the rest going to some old Star Trek enemies. Hal Jordan and the remaining lanterns assist Captian Kirk in fighting the Klingons, Romulans, and Gorn, but make a startling realization that they were not the only ones to cross over into this new universe: Nekron followed them.

The USS Enterprise fights alongside the Lanterns to defeat Nekron, and things are looking grim until they realize that they have a secret weapon that could change the fight for good.

I really enjoyed this series. While I am not a fan of the Star Trek Kelvin timeline and wish this series focused on the Star Trek: The Original Series crew, I tried to overlook that. The story itself is really fun and it was interesting to see which Star Trek characters the Lanterns’ rings chose to wear them.

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The climax of the story and the ensuing battle between Star Fleet, the Lanterns, and Nekron felt too short for how epic it should have felt. Six issues don’t give the writer much freedom, however, so I get it – I just wish there had been more of a fight.

The art, drawn by Ángel Hernández, is wonderful. Lots of color and emotion contained within the panels, which made the entire series more enjoyable.

To read this series, I’d say you just need general knowledge of Star Trek, but you might want to know a bit more about the Green Lantern series. If you’re not familiar with Green Lantern, it might get a bit confusing as to how the rings work and what they represent because it is never explicitly explained.

This series was really enjoyable, although far from perfect. There were times when the story felt a little thin, but overall it was fun watching the crew of the USS Enterprise work together with Hal Jordan and some of the other Lanterns. There is a sequel to this series, called Stranger Worlds, that I’ll be reviewing soon as well.


Have you read any of the Star Trek crossover comics? Are you a Green Lantern fan? Let me know in the comments!




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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken by Scott Tipton and David Tipton – A Review

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken
Written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton
Art by J.K. Woodward
Science Fiction | Comic Books
Published by IDW
Released March 20, 2018
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Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_4_and_a_half_stars

Can you believe that this is the first Star Trek review I’ve done?

No, I can’t either.

In case you’re new to the blog: I’m a Trekkie. I’m obsessed with all things Starfleet.

(With the exception of the J.J. Abrams movies, but that’s a post for another day.)

IDW puts out a lot of great Star Trek content and the comics that take place in the Mirror Universe have easily become my favorites. The Mirror Universe was first established in Star Trek: The Original Series season 2, episode 4, titled Mirror, Mirror. star_trek_mirror_mirror.jpg

 

This alternate universe is the polar opposite of the prime universe’s principles. Rather than the unity, peace, and spirit of exploration we know from the Federation, the Mirror Universe’s Terran Empire is xenophobic and violent. They fear anything they deem as being “other.” Members of the Empire regularly stab their comrades in the back (figuratively and literally).

Since Star Trek: TOS, the Mirror Universe has popped up over and over again in various series. Star Trek’s newest series, Discovery, spent most of the latter part of its first season in the Terran universe. Enterprise had a couple of Mirror Universe episodes as well.

I’m fascinated by the Terran Empire and am always on the lookout for new content. This isn’t the only IDW series that takes place in the Mirror Universe, but it was the first collection that I read.

The series is written by brothers Scott and David Tipton, who are no strangers to Star TrekThey wrote another personal favorite, which was a Star Trek/Doctor Who mashup.

Mirror Broken is the story of how Captain Picard, who commands the I.S.S. Stargazer, puts together a team in order to take over the Empire’s newest, most powerful ship, the I.S.S. Enterprise. Many of the characters are ones you’ll know from Star Trek: The Next Generation: We’ve got William Riker, Data, Deanna Troi, Geordi La Forge, and Reginald Barclay, among others.

Barclay was the most surprising character of the bunch. Rather than his meek, nervous character on ST: TNGin this series Barclay is strong and wants victory and power for himself. Although I like the original Barclay’s character, the Mirror Universe version is a nice change of pace.

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I also enjoyed Data’s Terran version, who spent his free time upgrading his own body, even having a variety of arm attachments. Data is one of my favorite characters in ST: TNG, however, so I’m not surprised I enjoyed his character here.

The art by J.K Woodward was perfect for this series, and I loved the Terran versions of the Starfleet uniforms. st-mirrorBroken-02AMOCK-copy.jpg

I wish that Deanna Troi would have had more of a role in the series, aside from just scanning the thoughts of crew members to get a grasp of their loyalty to Captain Picard. Actually, I would have enjoyed larger roles for any of the female characters.

It should be no surprise to anyone that I gave this 4.5 stars. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars was because I’ve read many Star Trek comics, and there are some I enjoyed more than this one.


Have you read any Star Trek comic series? If so, which are your favorites?



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