Thursday, June 30, 2016

Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #6 Review



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Written by: Mike Johnson
Art by: Angel Hernandez, Alejandro Sanchez and Neil Uyetake
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 2, 2015

I am never good at endings.  It's not just my laziness and severe ADHD that causes me to not finish things, with comics it goes beyond just that.  I think somewhere deep in my crazy brain, if I don't review a final issue, the series will live on forever.  It's something not reserved for just cancelled series either.  I loved this six issue mini and yet, haven't been able to review the final issue...until now.  Yep, once this review is over, I will have to close the book on Hal Jordan, the Lantern Corps and the crew of the Enterprise forever.  So, it's with a heavy heart that I give you my review for Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #6.  By the way, this introduction was a load of BS...I am just very lazy and am crippled by severe ADHD!


The issue opens with the continuation of everyone dealing with Nekron's big plan.  If you haven't been reading, that may not sound that exciting, but it is a pretty big thing.  The Lord of the Unliving has brought back Vulcan and it's inhabitants to serve as his undead army.  Yes, I said Vulcan!  This issue opens with Spock having a little family reunion and while that would be heartbreaking to most, for Spock it's just...illogical!



The fight rages on and it's a who's who of the Lantern Verse fighting alongside the cre of the U.S.S. Enterprise, some of which are now Lanterns themselves.  In other words, it's awesome!  As they gather for a final stand, Kirk gets an idea and orders Scotty to do it.  It's crazy, but what do they really have to lose but their already doomed lives?

Scotty disintegrates Nekron and even though I knew that wasn't the end (we are only pages in the final issue, come on!), it was nice to see...until he reappears even more pissed off.  Meanwhile, Spock is still dealing with the raised and rotting Vulcans and when he can't pull the trigger, John Stewart is there with the assist.



Sinestro then steps up and attacks Nekron all by himself and if you are a Sinestro fan like myself, you will have a huge smile on your face.  It still isn't enough, but when Saint Walker tells Kirk that what they need is a White Lantern to unleash the Life Entity on Nekron, Kirk hatches another plan.  Kirk is definitely the man with the plan(s)!

While I can't say the plan jives with what we know about the Lantern Rings, it still is so kick ass that I really don't care.  After Bones gives Spock his Indigo Ring, the other rings start following suit and after a little Green Lantern wonder twin powers activate action, Spock becomes the White Lantern!



After all the setup leading to the grand finale, I do admit that I was a bit let down.  Don't get me wrong, I love what happened, it just happens way to quickly.  However, what happens with the characters as it all closes made me remember what was at stake here.  The Lanterns' Universe is dead, so there is no "see you later as we head home" kind of ending.  Nope, the Lanterns all go their separate ways, in this Universe, and it's fun to see what they choose to do.  The best part, however, is the crew giving Kirk crap for not getting a ring...Spock comes to his defense (kind of) and it was classic Star Trek interaction.  The second best part is the last page that shows what Hal is planning on doing and it felt just right.  I am not sure if this is the last we will see of these characters together, but the open-ended finish has me hoping for much more.



Mike Johnson knows these characters.  As a regular Star Trek writer, it's no surprise that Kirk and Company ring true, but he also nails the Lanterns.  More importantly, he nails their interactions with the Star Trek characters and universe.  Really, the best parts of this entire series have been the dialogue between the universes and how well it fits the overall story.

The other thing that has been great throughout has been the art.  While other crossovers like this rely on crazy character models and over-the-top mashups, Angel Hernandez just concentrates on making everything fit just right.  His Lanterns look amazing and he really captures the look of the Star Trek movie actors and actresses.  While I wish that DC and IDW would have produced a variant with the classic Star Trek crew, this book looked awesome.

Bits and Pieces:

Mike Johnson ends his great crossover with a quick, but still satisfying conclusion.  If you like either franchise, you will easily find something to like here and may find yourself becoming a fan of both.  If you already are a fan of both, this is a no brainer and you need to go out and read the entire series now.

9.0/10
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