A vengeful, genetically augmented superhuman steals a rage-fueled power ring from another universe. What could possibly go wrong?
Review: Star Trek / Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #4
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Written by: Mike Johnson with art by Angel Hernandez and colors by Mark Roberts
This month’s issue cranks the rage meter up to 11 as Khan, still seething from the beating he took at the hands of Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness, comes face-to-face with the master of the green power ring, Captain Hal Jordan. It’s clear by now that he has a disdain for anyone with the rank of Captain. After a violent battle with the returning Green Lantern Corps, Khan tactically retreats to Kronos, setting up the inevitable next-issue showdown with Sinestro (who has located the central power battery) for control of the universe.
One thing is for sure: Mike Johnson did his homework on the Green Lantern mythos and figured out a way to seamlessly weave it into the Kelvin timeline. Stranger Worlds had a lot to live up to from last year’s The Spectrum Wars and so far this series is just as thrilling. He’s managed to capture Jordan’s Kirk-esque bravado, so it’s exciting to see these two alpha males interact – especially now that they are on a first name basis. Guy Gardner is as obnoxious as ever, although I couldn’t help but chuckle when he referred to the Cumberbatch Khan as the “Angry English dude.”
Let me say this – visually, the Kelvin universe Khan was made to be a Red Lantern. Angel Hernandez’s take on this new character is downright terrifying – the red suit, the blood, white eyes, and tousled hair bring comparisons (and nightmares) of a certain horror movie.
One of the things that made Khan so compelling was his depth. Not only did he have augmented strength, but his “superior intellect” made him even more dangerous. Now he’s just motivated by pure rage – flipping the script – so I’m anxious to see if and how this plays a part in the remaining issues.
So, what’s not to like? Action packed from cover-to-cover and fused with engrossing exposition, Mike Johnson progresses the story along nicely with very little filler. You can just feel that the stakes have been raised, with our heroes face-to-face with yet another no-win scenario. Do they chase after a near impervious, rage-fueled Khan or teleport to OA and recharge the Green Lanterns’ power rings? I can’t wait until the next issue to find out (I just hope they don’t end up in Sha Ka Ree).
One last thing, can we also talk about Tony Shasteen’s perfect worlds-colliding “Retail Incentive Cover?” I’ll definitely be getting this one framed.
5-Page Preview: Star Trek / Green Lantern Vol. 2 #4
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Available Wednesday, plus More Upcoming IDW Star Trek Comics Releases
Star Trek / Green Lantern #4 arrives in comic book stores on Wednesday March 22nd and retails for $3.99. You can also buy online at TFAW. If you pre-order you can get a discount of 20%. The subscription variant cover version is also available at TFAW. As for the above retailer incentive cover variant, you may have to hunt around your local comic book shops to find that.
And if you want to catch up, the trade paperback of Volume 1 of Star Trek Green Lantern “The Spectrum War” will be released on April 12th for a $19.99. You can pre-order it at Amazon for $10.87.
Coming up next Wednesday is the 6th issue of the Kevlin timeline series Star Trek Boldly Go. You can pre-order it now at TFAW for 20% off.
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