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[Review] “Star Trek / Green Lantern: The Spectrum War” #2 Brings All The Rings Out to Play

The power rings have chosen whom they deem worthy. Star Trek / Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #2 sets the stage meticulously well for  fandom happiness when it comes to science fiction / superhero mash-ups. Get ready to see the universe get lit up from Gornar to Romulus to Qu’Nos and beyond.

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WRITTEN BY: Mike Johnson

ART BY: Angel Hernandez

PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 12 August 2015

This issue continues to positions all of the power players for this sure-to-be epic space battle smorgasbord. The USS Enterprise has been in battles before but none like the ones writer Mike Johnson shows readers in this chapter. Both ships seem to be bounced around more than usual as the new ring bearers start to flex their colorful new muscles. Star Trek has never come off to me as too overtly powerful. Captain Kirk and his crew are explorers and they tend to battle every now and then with other alien species.

What Johnson shows us is how utterly and hilariously unprepared The Federation and its inhabitants would be if these rings were a permanent fixture in their universe. Luckily, Green Lantern Hal Jordan gives insight to readers on how these rings work and how they are all connected. It’s a nice revelation I hadn’t noticed from previous stories and works well here.

Long time GL fans will no doubt recognize which color finds which character. However, new readers may have a trickier time understanding why each ring chose who they did onboard The Enterprise. I have no doubt that Johnson will fill in those gaps as the series progresses.

What also works well is artist Angel Hernandez portrayals of the new ring slingers. I find the expansion of the Green Lantern mythos to be fascinating in terms of what ring chooses whom and why. Hernandez really lets his creativity fly when the red and orange rings chose their hosts. Both the Gorn and Romulan look nice and menacing.

Star Trek / Green Lantern: the Spectrum War #2 continues to satisfy any qualms a fan of each franchise may have had before this story started. It flows along at a quick pace and delivers on the visuals. Once again, the last page gives readers a great hook to come back for more space cop / sci-fi goodness next month.

 

Score: 8/10 Skulls

 

Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.

Twitter: @mrbradysteele

 

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