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“Two iconic franchises collide for this blockbuster crossover event! The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise meets the Green Lantern Corps for the first time in an all-new adventure that spans the cosmos! Kirk and Spock make a most unusual discovery on a lost world… igniting events that will change the fate of empires!” (IDW/DC Comics)
As far as sci-fi goes, Star Trek and Green Lantern are two of my favorites. Truth be told, and don’t send me hate mail for this, I prefer Star Trek over Star Wars. That’s an article for another time however. What I enjoy about this book, is that there is equal attention paid to both Star Trek and Green Lantern characters, despite Star Trek getting first billing and being predominantly published by IDW. Right from the start, writer Mike Johnson asserts that the Stark Trek characters and the Green Lantern Corps exist in alternate universe. For Star Trek continuity, this story falls in the Kelvin timeline, aka the J.J. Abrams timeline. It definitely takes place after the 2009 film at least. With Green Lantern, this story comes after the Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night. Beyond that though, I can’t pinpoint where exactly this falls. The conceit to get Hal Jordan and some of the other colored Lantern Corps members over to a universe with a different star date is rather intriguing. Guardian of the universe Ganthet, after waging a war with Nekron that decimated the ranks of our universe, invoked the Last Light, a process by which the different colored Spectrum rings and any surviving Corps members are transported out of danger. The spectrum rings that are transported include the red of rage, orange of avarice, yellow of fear, blue ring of hope, Indigo for compassion, the pink ring of love and the blue light of hope. After noticing a disturbance on an uninhabited planet, an away team finds the rings and a deceased Ganthet. This is played off as a rather normal occurrence, which makes sense, because encountering a blue alien midget, wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for Captain Kirk and his crew. The Guardians of the Universe and the GL Corps fit quite seamlessly into Gene Roddenberry’s world. When both Ganthet and the rings are beamed aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, the story kicks into warp speed. While Bones’ analyses the deceased Ganthet in sickbay, Scotty tries to make sense of the rings and the source of their power. His analysis causes an explosion, leading the rings to seek out new bearers. Of the ship’s crew, the pink ring associated with love and the Star Sapphires, find its way to Lt. Uhura. The purple ring of the Indigo Lanterns which denotes compassion, finds Dr. McCoy. Meanwhile, the blue ring brimming with hope makes its way to Chekov. While conventional wisdom tells you that rings would find their way to Kirk and Sulu, I’m happy that the writer decided on these characters. Each ring fits the core essential element of their chosen bearer perfectly. The writer wisely went with what was best for the story, rather than fitting the more established “popular” members of the crew with rings.
As for the rings that bring about more evil upon the universe, they too found appropriate homes. The yellow ring associated with fear, finds Kronos, of the Klingon Empire. The rage of the red ring finds Glocon of Gornar. Finally, the Orange ring finds plenty of jealousy and greed to feed off of in Decius the Romulan. Fans of Star Trek lore should be pleased with these choices as well. Personally, I’ve always found Klingons to be intimidating and scary. The Gorn are appropriately angry and volatile, while there has been great jealousy and animosity towards Vulcan from the Romulan’s. With each ring choosing it’s new home, this provides Green Lantern Hal Jordan, a beacon to locate the Enterprise and its crew. Likewise, Atrocitus, Larfleeze, and Sinestro find their respective corps new recruits. What I was surprised by was the manner in which three evil Lantern head honchos were able to lord over and subjugate their new recruits. This was definitely the right call story wise, as these three are the most revered and feared leaders of their respective Corps, and I’m glad company ego’s didn’t get in the way. The three DC villains need to be portrayed in a strong and powerful way, and they were, despite this being a largely IDW production. I really loved the interaction between Hal Jordan and Captain James T. Kirk. Since both characters are essentially mirror images of each other, from a personal, and to a degree a professional standpoint. There was a bit of tension and jealous from both, which was enjoyable and fun to watch work itself out over the course of the story. Like moths to a flame, the evil ring bearers find their way to Hal Jordan, Captain Kirk and the crew. A mini Spectrum War occurs between the light and the dark side (Star Wars and New Gods reference in one…BAM) This festival of light/space skirmish is interrupted by Nekron, who has also ventured to this universe. Nekron begins to lay waste to every Lantern no matter the color. He’s unstoppable. (For reference, think The Undertaker at Wrestlemania!) While all hell breaks loose outside, Scotty fashions a makeshift colorless Lantern ring that can work like a phaser gun. Remembering the story Hal Jordan told about the first time the Lanterns managed to defeat Nekron, with the power of Kyle Rayner as the White Lantern. With Kyle Rayner presumed dead, from the last battle with Nekron, Captain Kirk and Hal Jordan select Mr. Spock as the bearer of Scotty’s Lantern ring. Every Lantern channels their energy into Spock’s ring, manufacturing the energy of a White Lantern ring, allowing Spock to defeat Nekron. I was fully expecting Kirk to wear the ring, but was surprised and shocked to see Spock wear it. Especially considering that Spock is often charged with lacking emotion from his crew mates. However, Spock being half human, he posses all these emotions, his Vulcan half merely allows him to keep better control of his human emotions. That makes him the perfect choice to wield the white energy. Our preconceived notions about Spock, and the fact that he was relegated to the background often uttering the occasional “fascinating”, or “logical, made this swerves unpredictable.
Angel Hernandez is the artist on this graphic novel and it’s quite, to quote Spock….fascinating. Angel’s vision of the ship is incredible. It’s big, beautiful and majestic. (“That’s what she said…” -D.P…You know I had to!! ;)) It even escapes the confines of the panel, almost as if it’s in 3D. The crew of the Enterprise looks spot on with their current film counterparts. One of my favorite images is of the Enterprise crew finding a deceased Ganthet, all skeletal like, kneeling by the Corps ring. Even though I’ve reviewed some straight up horror books for this site, that image has to be one of the creepiest images I’ve ever seen. The space battle between the Lanterned up crew of the Enterprise and the other Lanterns are so grand scale and sweeping. It is art worthy of this very special, first ever team up of these spectacular sci-fi franchises. I’m glad that the crew of the Enterprise that got Lantern rings didn’t end up wearing Lantern costumes. Their Starfleet uniforms became emblazoned with a particular Lantern logo, and they were surrounded by an aura that matched the color of their ring. To me, this is truly the best of both worlds. The best page of this entire book for me is the splash page of Captain Kirk and Hal Jordan in the midst of a stare down standoff, with the crew of the Enterprise around them. It underscored the fact that Chris Pine would make a perfect Hal Jordan in a movie. He’s been cast as Steve Trevor though, so that wish is long gone. However, I’m glad he’s part of the DC Films family. The cover art feels like an old school movie poster. If you buy the book, you’ll get tons of variant covers. One of which looks identical to the Star Wars: The Movie poster.
This was a fantastic crossover. If you have never read either of these comic book titles, this is a very reader friendly place to start. If you’re a fan of one of these franchises over the other, you’ll be satisfied either way. If you’re a fan of both, like me, this will be a spectacular read. A crossover between these two properties needs to happen more often. I hope both companies boldly continue to unify these to franchise at least once every couple of years. Buy this book, and live long and prosper. If you decide not to read this book, you’re missing out and I would suggest to beware Green Lanterns light!