Reviewed by Brady Steele. This month begins the team-up I’m sure no one really thought of but are darn happy these creators did: Star Trek / Green Lantern: the Spectrum War #1. Seeing these two icons together in one title makes you wonder why this has never happened sooner. Which heroes, villains and crew will we see interact in this series? How many colored rings? Judging by the multitude of variant covers alone, we are in for a fun ride through the cosmos.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Johnson
ART BY: Angel Hernandez
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
RELEASE: 8 July 2015
This series starts off is satisfying fashion as we see names, faces and places from both universes pop up and begin to set the board. A cosmic murder mystery is afoot that the modern 2009 era USS Enterprise uncovers some oh-so curious clues which get this story rolling. Writer Mike Johnson does a good job combining what makes Star Trek and Green Lantern fun and compelling storytelling. The mixing of that strong crew interplay fans come to expect is there. The lushly expanded mythos of the power rings of the emotional power spectrum are literally laid out to be discovered.
This issue feels like the trailer to a movie I wish we could all see in theatres this summer. All the groundwork is laid out and now we can jump in and enjoy the show. As always when it comes to series based upon film or TV, the likeness of the actors helps establish the reality of the story. Artist Angel Hernandez does a commendable job of that sometimes unenviable task. He also does good work mixing the two worlds together. Granted, there isn’t too much from the DC Comics side in this issue but I’ve no doubt it will be exploding into this storyline in no time.
Now, when I say that this book’s creators mix the two universes together, it’s not hyperbole. There is an actual mashing up and it looks like it’s going to be a ‘colorful’ adventure we will be reading for the next few months. Suffice to say, if you like either of these properties, you will not be disappointed in Star Trek / Green Lantern: the Spectrum War #1.
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