Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Star Trek/Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #1 Review


Lights Out

Written by: Mike Johnson
Art by: Angel Hernandez, Alejandro Sanchez and Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 21, 2016

I was so impressed with the first Green Lanterns/Star Trek crossover.  I am not even close to a Star Trek fan and even though the Green lanterns aren't on the top of my list either, the book captivated me.  Why?  Because it just made so much sense for these properties to be together.  Seriously, Mike Johnson's story was popcorn movie fun that just clicked...especially with me.  So, when I heard there would be a sequel, I got so excited to read and review another chapter in this story.  So, now that it's here, is it any good?  Let's find out...


The issue opens with my favorite Green Lantern teaching a class of Starfleet students and if you know me, you know that can only mean Guy Gardner is in the house!  Johnson nails Guy's over the top bravado as he tells the students (and new readers) exactly what happened in the first series.  He also shows off a bit with his ring and that leads to what already feels like a major point in this entire mini series...the rings are running out of juice.

That continues when we see what Kirk and Hal Jordan are up to.  Angel Hernandez and the art team kicks total ass here as Hal puts it all on the line to save everyone he can...until his ring gets wonky as well.  Luckily, Kirk beams him aboard the Enterprise, but the question remains...what is going on with the rings?  Actually, Mike Johnson gives us the reason and it makes perfect sense with where they are and how they got here.



The story continues with the reader checking in with Sinestro and the big bad has been busy since we last saw him.  It's awesome and again, makes so much sense.  Like Hal and Guy, Sinestro is concerned with his ring's power supply, but his men bring him what could be a pretty good solution.

Meanwhile, the Crew of the Enterprise get a distress signal and head off on a search and rescue that leads to a discovery that throws everything we thought we knew about this Universe.  I don't want to spoil it, but believe me, it's huge!

The issue ends with Sinestro showing up to the party and he is not oblivious to how huge the discovery is either.  It looks like a Lantern Amazing Race is about to begin with the fate of the Universe as the prize.



This issue is complete recap/setup and I don't care, I'm just so glad to be back in this Universe with these characters.  Mike Johnson knows these characters (he is the main Star Trek writer, but also nails the Lanterns) and their dialogue and interactions are spot on.  I said above that it makes sense for these franchises to join up, but it's Johnson's writing that makes it all gel.

The art doesn't hurt, either.  Angel Hernandez and his team make everything look great...EVERYTHING!  Because of that, this doesn't just feel like a Green Lantern book with Star Trek characters of vice versa...it feels like a great combination of both.

Bits and Pieces:

Just having these characters back together again is enough to get me excited and Mike Johnson and Angel Hernandez don't disappoint.  I am already invested in the story and can't imagine how pumped up I'll be when we get the other Lanterns involved.  If you are a fan of either franchise, check this book out immediately!

9.0/10
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