STAR TREK: KHAN #1 Review

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Do we really need to fill in this gap of history or is this mini-series a blatant waste of fan time?  Read on to find out.

The official description from IDW:

“Shall we begin?” Don’t miss this all-new mini-series event overseen by Star Trek Into Darkness writer/producer Roberto Orci!

Witness the shocking origin of Khan Noonien Singh from his earliest years through his rise to power during the epic Eugenics Wars! Behold the events that led to his escape from Earth aboard the Botany Bay! Learn the truth behind his re-awakening by Admiral Marcus and Section 31! It’s the origin of Star Trek’s greatest villain, only from IDW!

Star-Trek-Khan-1_CThe creative team crafts an engaging journey that begins to shed light on the tale revolving around an endlessly compelling antagonist.  But at the end of the day it doesn’t fell like a necessary extension, but to its credit so far what’s been accomplished has been enthralling in its own right.

Mike Johnson lends his talents to pen this script and the scribe transitions his knowledge of the film franchise along with the characters themselves seamlessly.  He builds a yarn that feels like a natural continuation of Star Trek Into Darkness, as the author slowly but surely unravels the mystery of Khan and his crew.  We see the birth of evil, the company responsible and the ambitions that made this ruthless monster into a worthy foe.  In short: this story may not need to exist but it’s well though out.

To say that David Messina handles the art would be an understatement as the illustrator crafts believable interpretations of cinema icons.  I was particularly impressed with the emotion given to the antagonist, as we see a boy go from terrible beginnings to an endless future.  There were some moments where the frame of the panels felt a tad bit underwhelming but these were few and far between.

Stark Trek: Khan #1 is a successful exploration of a man that on several occasions and in multiple iterations left a lasting impact on the men and women of the USS Enterprise.  It easily earns a recommendation.

4/5

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