Review: Star Trek: Khan #2
The origin of STAR TREK’s greatest villain continues here, in this all-new mini-series overseen by STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci! Witness the never-before-seen outbreak of the legendary Eugenics Wars and behold Khan Noonien Singh’s brutal rise to power, as the secret history of the future is finally revealed!
The comic book explaining the origins of Khan in the J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek universe continues this week in the pages of Star Trek: Khan #2 (of 5). The story is written by Mike Johnson with movie writer Roberto Orci serving as a consultant. David Messina handles the present day pencils and inks for the story with Claudia Balboni tackling the flashback sections. Marina Castelvetro handles inks on the flashbacks while Claudia ScarletGothic handles all the coloring. Neil Uyetake rounds things out with lettering. The first issue played things a little too safe. Does the second installment shake things up?
The story opens back in the courtroom where Captain Kirk and Spock are arguing the case against Khan (Benedict Khanberbatch). Khan recounts the events of the first issue and assures everyone that they are truths, hard truths, but truth nonetheless. From there Khan continues his story and tells how he and he genetically altered colleagues around the world went about infiltrating every aspect of society as they laid in wait for their moment to take control of the world. The moment arises and the war begins. We know what happens, but it’s how they get there that’s supposed to be the thrust of the story.
Johnson plays it fairly safe again. There is an all-out war going on, but we don’t see the real scope of destruction or just how nasty things got. There are several scenes of mass destruction and death, but they just don’t have the impact they should. The story chugs along to the part where Khan and his “family” have taken over, but that’s about it. We’re just reading along and watching it unfold wondering how a little Indian boy became the pasty British Cumberbatch. That’s going to be answered it seems, but it keeps distracting from the story. Messina’s art is good, but it looks a little too referenced in places. Balboni’s art is a more fluid style with some more dynamic page layouts. The characters and backgrounds are much sleeker in the flashbacks. The colors are solid overall and really bring the story to life in an eye popping fashion.
Bottom Line: So far Khan is playing it a little too safe. The story is little more than an illustrated Wikipedia entry of how things unfolded leading up to the Khan that faced off against the crew of the Enterprise. The introductory stuff is now out of the way, so hopefully the final few issues start to present something new and different. 2.5/5
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