Author: Mike Johnson, Angel Hernandez (Illustrations)
Publishing Date: March 29, 2016
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction
Edition: paperback (I got a free digital galley from netgalley)
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!
I love it. I definitely love it, especially the bantering at the end. And not just between Spock and Captain Kirk, with Bones as well, and the crew. Everything about them is just wacky.
This graphic novel is a fun collaboration of two independent stories from two different universes by two different companies. I'm not all about it just for the fun but the sheer plausibility as well. Not only is the premise of the story possible, the characters from either side merge well without one-upping each other. It's a marriage that's both harmonious and cooperative.
Spectrum War. Just expect all the colors of the spectrum of Lanterns getting involved. As to how U.S.S. Enterprise come into the picture? Just imagine them running across unattended rings. That's not hard to imagine even if you only know the title. Imagine the title: Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War. You know that the mission of Captain Kirk's crew is to discover uncharted territories in the universe and protect new worlds. With Green Lantern's universe, you know that a chosen Lantern with the power of a ring can freely fly in space and permeate itself through solid matter, and that a Lantern is chosen based on an emotion of a particular color. However you think that these two worlds will cross path, then that's it.
What's more fun in this graphic novel is that the enemies are so big in nature. If you think through it, they're hard enemies and the battle should be hard too but this graphic novel made everything seem so simple, like how simple you could squish a cockroach. Think of the Lanterns' common enemy then think of the greatest nemeses of the Federation. Combine them all together against Captain Kirk's crew and Green Lantern's team. That looks so haphazard just throwing in everything and hard-to-win, but this novel managed to nail it. I'll leave you to your imagination. That's as far as I can tell about the story.
It's a bit too fast-paced even for a graphic novel. Everything just jumps right into action, sparring no second of holding back. The whole pacing is fast; there's not a single part that drops in momentum except for the ending as the final resolution. What I mean to say is that knowing the parts of a story, there's the intro, the rising action, climax et. al. For this novel, everything is like climax save for the ending.
Now, I've let you imagine a lot. What I like for you to do is to not imagine this collaborative graphic novel as a run for your money. For whatever was its worth, it was well-worth it.