Review: Star Trek: Khan #5
It’s the climactic chapter of the origin of STAR TREK’s greatest villain! But how did he come to be called “John Harrison”? How did his vendetta against Admiral Marcus and Section 31 begin? All is revealed in this all-new story overseen by STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS writer/producer Roberto Orci!
The fifth and final chapter of the Star Trek Into Darkness prequel, Star Trek: Khan, lands this week. The story is written by Mike Johnson with a story consult from Roberto Orci. David Messina handles pencils, Giorgia Sposito provides inks, and Claudi ScarletGothica provides colors. Valentina Cuomo lends a color assist with Neil Uyetake rounding things out with lettering. The series hasn’t offered up much in the way of new material, but do things start to pick up now that we’ve come to the connection between Khan’s origins and the latest movie?
Last month Kahn awoke to find himself an Eastern European man with the name John Harrison and no real memory. Admiral Marcus had found the Botany Bay and decided to use Khan as part of his black-ops unit in Section 31. After changing his appearance and wiping Khan’s mind, Marcus convinced the tyrant that he was a Starfleet Engineer. With parts of his memory starting to come back, “John” starts to look for answers. He is going to make Marcus pay, but he needs to make sure his crew family are safe. Plans are set in motion and revenge is plotted. What are John’s final moves before we pick things up with the movie?
Johnson writes the strongest issue yet. We finally start to dive into new territory. A lot of this is information that we pieced together from the movie’s plot, but there are a few new twists and turns before the final page is turned. Khan’s complete image makeover is explained in detail, though it may not sit well with some. It makes sense for the story and the world though. Other than the whitewashing of Khan being explained, the issue largely connects the final dots before we saw Khan standing in the hospital when we first saw him in Star Trek Into Darkness. Messina’s pencils and Sposito’s inks do a rather good job of capturing everyone’s likenesses. Khan looks more like Benedict Cumberbatch in some panels than others, but overall the character work is solid. The duo does an admirable job of recreating J.J. Abrams’ world in comic book form. ScarletGothica and Cuomo’s colors are bright and really give everything a sci-fi feel that pops off the page. Where the movie is a little grimmer and dark, the events before it are more vibrant.
Bottom Line: The final issue of Khan is where things really start to come together. If the first four issues had been more like this, it would have been a more enjoyable series. This is a case of just enough, but too late. 3/5