By Mike Johnson, Angel Hernandez & Alejandro Sanchez
The minute this title was released in the solicits, my imagination was peaked. This is definitely a crossover that no one would have seen coming. Both franchises have deep mythologies, so there is plenty of material to work with, but the key is making sure the story is logical and worthy of Kirk and Hal sharing the same panels together. The majority of this issue sets up how the Star Trek universe fits into the story. The prologue is probably the most fascinating part since it ties into the Green Lantern mythos by showing Ganthet and a few other Lantern elements.
To be honest, this issue wasn’t the most attention-grabbing. Now, this isn’t necessarily the creative team’s fault because I’m more of a Green Lantern fan than Star Trek fan, and the core of this issue focuses on the crew of the USS Enterprise. Mike Johnson does write the characters well and the setup does feel like the start to a classic Trek episode, but it lacked the dramatic punch that this major crossover calls for. Even with the inclusion of the antagonist General Chang and what he becomes doesn’t encourage one to continue reading this event. Again, it’s the prologue that sends the mind reeling. It may only have been a couple of pages, but there was a lot of foreshadowing present that could keep readers intrigued to stick with this narrative.
What really shines in this issue is the artwork of Angel Hernandez and Alejandro Sanchez. There have been several talented, well-known artists who have depicted Hal Jordan and the various spectrum corps and these two hold their own with this depiction. It’s also quite shocking how close the crew of the Enterprise looks like their real-life counterparts. Sanchez’s coloring brings a pristine, vibrant look to the material. It suits the natures of both universes. It will make the audience excited to see how they depict the other characters that have yet to be introduced. The full-page shot of Hal’s first appearance is stunning!
This was a promising concept, but the exposition was lacking. Hopefully, the next couple of issues will redeem this series; it definitely has the raw material and history to do so. The art team delivers a boost to the book, but it can’t save it. There is enough to have readers pickup issue two, but only time will tell if it delivers!