Star Trek / Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #5 (Part five of six) GLpr5 - 00001-page-001
Published by: IDW Publishing
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Angel Hernandez
Colourist: Alejandro Sanchez
Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Covers by: Marc Laming (colours by Lara Margarida), J.K Woodward and Gary Brown (Colours by Doug Garbark).
Edited by: Sarah Gaydos for IDW and Jim Chadwick for DC Comics.

Release Date: 18/11/2015

Warning:  this review contains spoilers!

PREVIOUSLY  IN  STAR  TREK… A War of Light has erupted in Federation space, with Hal Jordan and the crew of the Enterprise caught in the middle. Sinestro has subdued Captain Kirk and his crew which leaves Hal Jordan in command of the Enterprise and leading the fight against the ring-powered forces of the Klingons, Romulans and Gorn. Lights years away, the evil Nekron uses his dark powers to resurrect a world thought destroyed….

The story continues as all out war has begun and the Federation is on the retreat. With Sinestro trying to bring the Klingons, Romulans and Gorn together to defeat Hal Jordan, there is unexpected help for Jordan and the Enterprise crew. Meanwhile Scotty develops a weapon that may turn the tide of the war and on the planet Vulcan; Kirk and Spock finally meet Nekron and an army of undead Vulcans….

The Story
The penultimate issue felt more like a balanced Green Lantern / Star Trek crossover. The beginning of the issue concentrated on the epic battles between the various power-ring bearers while the second half concentrated on the crew of the Enterprise trying to come up with solutions to facing the combined forces of the Klingons, Romulans and the Gorn. This was a good balance and something that was missing from the previous issues.

Mike Johnson continues to introduce more characters into the story. Considering this was issue five of a six part series that was surprising but the players are all in place now for the final confrontation with Nekron on the now resurrected Vulcan. The interactions between the crew of the Enterprise and Lanterns were enjoyable including seeing the Lanterns react to Scotty’s latest creation. I also liked Kirk’s comment to Hal Jordan about how beaming into the unknown is what the crew of the Enterprise do; this sums up Star Trek perfectly.

The Art
The art by Angel Hernandez continues to please but with so much going on in this story I can’t help but feel there has been a slight decline in the overall quality of this issue. From the beginning of the issue there are epic space battles with Lanterns, Starships, phasers and power-rings all in abundance in a very colourful double page spread. These are drawn well but with so much going on the level of detail isn’t as good as previous issues.

The panels / pages that stood out were the arrival of Guy Gardener and companions, the arrival of the Enterprise at Vulcan (the vivid blue of the planet stood out for me) and the last page where Nekron appears with hordes of undead Vulcans in the background.

The colours by Sanchez continue to impress and with the very nature of the Lanterns and the power-rings, the use of colour is as important as the art itself. With so much going on the use of colour helps distinguish between the various characters and in particular the chaotic battle scenes which allows for much easier reading.

The Covers
This issue has three covers. The standard cover is by David Williams with variants by Tess Fowler (Cover B) and Garry Brown (Subscription Cover).  The standard cover is of Kirk, Spock and Uhura being shielded by Hal Jordan from hordes of Vulcan Zombies, Cover B has Kirk, Spock, Uhura and Hal Jordan facing more hordes of Vulcan Zombies but this time in a position of strength and the subscription cover has Hal Jordan flying through space in the middle of a battle with the Enterprise in the background.

Both the main cover and Cover B are very similar in tone and colour. Both are coloured in green and are very dark compared to some of the brighter covers we saw at the beginning of the series. While the story ends on the planet Vulcan the covers suggests our heroes will be coming into contact with the undead Vulcans within this issue but that doesn’t happen. It’s almost like the covers are one issue ahead of the story. The subscription cover again was somewhat disappointing since I do not like this style of art and from the issues so far, I would say that these three covers were the most displeasing of the series, but this of course, is only a reviewers preference!

With only one issue to go, the next issue will be not only look to conclude the current storyline but also set the ground for the sequel that Mike Johnson has hinted at in interviews. It will be interesting to see how the story concludes considering that there are so many threads to tie up. Perhaps Mike Johnson has his own power-ring to help him achieve this….