It’s a great debut for the latest crossover between the crew of the Enterprise and the Green Lantern Corps.
Previously in Star Trek/Green Lantern Spectrum War – The Enterprise encountered a dead Guardian from the DC Comics Universe, keepers of the Green Lantern rings. With the assistance of Green Lanterns Hal Jordan, John Stewart and Guy Gardner, they defeated Klingon General Chang, Nekron and more, to save the universe. However, one drawback of the victory is that the Green Lanterns and allies are now stranded in this new timeline, never able to return home.
Star Trek/Green Lantern: Spectrum War was the rare multiple-publisher crossover that beckoned for a follow up. Luckily, DC Comics and IDW Publishing agreed, and greenlit the second mini-series, Star Trek/Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds, by Mike Johnson and Angel Hernandez. The universe might have been saved in Spectrum War, but not everyone was defeated.
Three of the Lanterns pulled from a DC multiverse are still on the loose in this new iteration of the Kelvin Timeline, as DC villains Sinestro (Yellow Lantern of fear), Atrocious (Red Lantern of rage) and Larfleeze (Orange Lantern of avarice) all escaped capture at the conclusion of Spectrum War. Meanwhile, the 21st-century heroes have been busy acclimating to their new lives, and have not been too worried about the escaped villains from their universe.
A consequence of the Lanterns being pulled into this new universe was it left them without their power batteries, which allowed them to charge their rings. They were given a temporary power boost to win the day during Spectrum War, but without being able to recharge, their rings have been failing them.
Opening at Starfleet Academy with guest lecturer Guy Gardner, Johnson deftly uses the second page of his lecture to summarize the events of Spectrum War and another to describe the Green Lantern’s ring ability. Both are key narratives in allowing new readers to pick up Stranger Worlds #1 without having read the previous series, as well as giving readers background information needed to understand these new superhero characters from DC Comics.
Penning a terrific hero moment ripped out of the pages of DC’s Justice League of America (Johnson is a former writer on both DC’s Superman/Batman and Supergirl), the Enterprise and new crew members Captain Hal Jordan and Star Sapphire attempt to evacuate a space station before it’s destroyed by a meteor shower. Of course this would be an inopportune time for Jordan and Sapphire’s power rings to go out on them.
These new crew members have assimilated well in their new roles on the Enterprise and in this new century, including one who has entered into a “cross-reality romance” with an Enterprise officer.
The more things change (as in a different universe with different factions), the more stays the same when it comes to Sinestro (evil there, evil here). Since the defeat of General Chang in Spectrum War, Sinestro has assumed his role as Emperor of the Klingon Empire. It is interesting to see Klingons taking orders from an alien, although these are definitely not your father’s (or John Byrne’s) Prime Timeline Klingons.
Star Trek/Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #1 quickly sets the plot for the mini-series: find a solution to the draining power rings. If a solution isn’t found, all ring holders will turn into ordinary mortals once again. However, new mysteries pop up, including the appearance of another DC Universe stowaway that could provide some answers.
Johnson and Hernandez have picked up exactly where they left off with Spectrum War, building onto this new universe which appears to have endless story possibilities.