Writers: Mike Johnson
Art: Angel Hernandez
Colours: Alejandro Sanchez
Letters: Neil Uyetake
The Black Lantern Nekron has made a home for himself in the Star Trek cinematic universe after wiping out all life on a version of DC’s Earth Prime. The combined power of the Lantern Corps and Starfleet might be enough to stop him if they can stop fighting amongst themselves for more than a few minutes. This is the final explosive issue of one of this year’s biggest crossover events as the crew of the Enterprise and the Lantern corps take on death itself!
Johnson hits the ground running in this issue and we are thrust straight into the final scenes of the previous issue with a composed but horrified Spock staring his undead mother in the eyes. The planet Vulcan may well be back but it is a wasteland filled with death and its very existence is an affront to everything the Federation stand for. The dialogue this issue narrates the action as our heroes fight an impossible battle and the surprise intervention of Sinestro gives Kirk his usual last minute genius idea.
This final issue is fast paced, almost a little too fast towards the end but as the final issue in a fairly narrative driven tale it is effective in what it sets out to do. Johnson keeps the characters consistent with their big screen and comic book counterparts and the conclusion is satisfying in its own way. I really didn’t see the final event coming and was certain it would unfold differently but after a bit of thought it makes sense. The door has been well and truly left over for a second visit and I really do hope we see another event in the next few years. This definitely feels like its own thing now and is no longer the universe of either series but a nice combination of both.
Hernandez probably had the most to do this issue with the sheer volume of action taking place! Every panel is filled with undead Vulcans descending on Kirk, Jordan and co whilst their comrades are vaporised by phasers and ring blasts. It really is a joy to behold and the action rarely lets up until the final few panels.
Sanchez has less colour to work with this issue due to the location of the final battle and still does an outstanding job of not only rendering a truly inhospitable planet, but also an oppressive, almost hopeless feeling through his tones and muted colour. The final scene of the battle is spectacular and the use of colour here is incredibly important to convey the final events.
The story does have a small let down for me and it’s the fate of a group of characters I had grown quite fond of, having been built up quite a bit only to end up a foot note on one of the pages was a little depressing. The last couple of pages also feel a little rushed, though not badly written by any means they feel like an extra page or two could have benefited the conclusion.
Overall this has been a fun series to read and I have enjoyed my time with both the crew of the Enterprise and the Lantern corps. Although the book feels primarily like a Star Trek tale the Lanterns do not come across as under developed or under represented and a careful balance is maintained throughout. This is a book that fans of either franchise can pick up and really enjoy but if you are a fan of both you are going to get the most out of it. Star Trek Green Lantern takes the best elements of both franchises and fuses them together in a way that feels both natural and entertaining despite the massive differences in both of their origin books. It is every bit the blockbuster we had been promised and I would greatly enjoy a return visit one day when the creative team are ready.