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review 2017-06-05 14:47
Fascinating look at Khan
Star Trek: Khan (Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness) - Paul Shipper,Claudia Balboni,Mike Johnson

While this is a fascinating look at Khan's history, it's also told in a memoir style, and called into question immediately after his trial.    (Yes, trial, but it was all one story and told as a huge flashback; the present was intercut every now and then, but really only at the beginning of the issues.)

 

It made the story flow well, while also bringing in the events of the movie, and tying them to the past.   The fact that Khan himself is an unreliable narrator should have been obvious from the start, but I got so caught up in the story of his life that I simply believed everything he said. 

 

I believe much of this is based on not only the original Star Trek episode about Khan, but also supplemental material - like the Eugenics War novel - but that's the impression that I got.   I haven't actually read The Rise and Fall of Khan, so I don't really know.   

 

And of course, much of this is altered to fit the new universe and the new movies, so I know that some of this diverged from the TOS canon itself.   Khan made a fascinating narrator and I can see some of why he became the way he is in the details of his past, but it did lack an emotional connection.   I suppose having Khan, who isn't super emotional, tell this story makes that emotional disconnect feel reasonable, and made the story more realistic.   (I can't see him telling this story affably or with any great emotion.)   The catch-22 is that it made me distanced from this story in an emotional way, and so even when the one thing that really mattered - him being reunited with the other augments, whom he considered not only his crew but his family - came up, I didn't feel much.   

 

I enjoyed this greatly despite the lack of emotional connection.   Also, I'm in a rush, so I'm going to leave this review here.

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text 2017-06-05 13:02
Oh, look!
Star Trek/Green Lantern, Vol. 2: Stranger Worlds - Mike Johnson,Angel Hernandez

There is a sequel.   

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review 2017-06-05 12:50
Most perfect of the crossovers!
Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War - Tamra Bonvillain,Angel Hernandez,Stephen Molnar,Mike Johnson

And this is pure AU, given what happens at the end.   It's pretty much a fanservice story: wouldn't it be fun to see Green Lanterns, and Red Lanterns, and all the color Lanterns in the Star Trek universe?   (Nu!Trek, by the way.) 

 

Even better, we get to see some Star Trek characters as wielders of the rings.   Hal Jordon, the first Green Lantern to meet the Star Trek crew, gives a brief description of what the rings are, and what they can do, as much for the crew as the readers who are Trekkies, but not acquainted with the Lanterns.   (Honestly, some of this spiel, like the parts about colors being tied to one emotion and how the ring chooses its bearer was good for me: it either refreshed information or gave me information about the colors and how they match up that I didn't know.  I was curious, so I looked up the Lantern oaths for different colors, and all the different versions when applicable.  It was a fun little rabbit hole, to be honest, and I know officially know more about the Lantern Corps than I did before!)

 

I'm still confused by the ring question: why can some be taken off others, and Green Lantern rings cannot.   Still, this could be something that I don't know about, and it could have to do with willingness to bear the rings, at least of different colors.   I mean, I can come up with reasons and I'm barely familiar with this franchise, so maybe I'm making too much of this.   I do think that it should have been explained more in the text, but I understand that it was a heat of the moment thing, thus turning it into a catch-22: if any character had stopped in a life or death situation to explain the situation, it would have felt like forced exposition.

 

The characters were true to themselves, at least the ones I know.   Even Jordon, whom I've read about and seen on some shows, seemed in character but someone who is more of a DC fan would be able to speak to that better than I.   I assumed everyone was done well on the other side.   I know barely anything about Sinestro - bad, bad man, bears a ring, enemy of the Green Lanterns - and that came through.  I wouldn't be able to tell you more about his particular character, or characteristics. 

 

The illustrations were gorgeous, with lush colors for all the rings.   Again, not so much with the DC side, but I thought everyone was incredibly well illustrated from the Star Trek side of things.  I found myself less interested in the art gallery of all the covers at the end, although there were some that really emphasized the crossover in nice, but simple, ways and those covers did catch my attention. 

 

I know the hope is probably futile, but just letting everyone know, I would snap up issues of a sequel to this in a heartbeat.

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text 2017-06-05 12:26
Reading progress update: I've read 129 out of 161 pages.
Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War - Tamra Bonvillain,Angel Hernandez,Stephen Molnar,Mike Johnson

So, I know nothing about Lanterns.   Next to nothing, I should say.   Kirk is able to rip other colors of a ring off someone and give it to someone else, but with the Green Lanterns, someone has die to pass it on.   Why is it possible to pass on without death with other colors?

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text 2017-06-05 12:23
Reading progress update: I've read 128 out of 161 pages.
Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War - Tamra Bonvillain,Angel Hernandez,Stephen Molnar,Mike Johnson

Three rings abandoned their hosts in the depth of space.   So, do they die now?   Brutal.   

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