Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Star Trek: Khan Review (Mike Johnson, Claudia Balboni)

The framing of this book is set post-Star Trek Into Darkness but as it’s Khan’s origin story it’s set mostly in the past.

How does a white guy get an Asian name like Khan Noonien Singh? Plastic surgery! Wha… ? Yeah, there’s a few weird revelations about Khan here. Like how he started life as an Indian orphan and became tyrant of Earth in the late 20th century without, somehow, leaving any records from the time to verify this! 

Fair play to Mike Johnson, he tries his best to plug the holes in that movie’s awful script with this comic. We learn about where the magic blood came from (shades of Captain America) and some of the blanks as to Admiral Robocop’s motivations and how Khan fit into them are filled in (like why he was turned into a white guy with an English accent). There’s an ok Frankenstein’s Monster-type storyline here leading to James Bond-type villainy. 

Because Khan’s written as a loner, his closeness to his dozens of followers (the ones in the torpedoes) is unconvincing and that was the part that really needed to hit home in order for the reader to buy into why Khan’s doing any of this. That and how they came to be floating in space in cryo-sleep for so long, as well as the lack of records on them (come on, we have records on major bad guys from 300 years ago and older!), really took me out of the story. 

The art’s not much to write home about. The characters are drawn like the cast of the Abrams movies. Yay…? 

It was a decent comic until the final act when Mike Johnson fails to make sense out of the movie’s moronic script. It’s not his fault that Into Darkness was a mess but the movie’s stupidity does taint anything it comes into (first) contact with, including this book. 


Star Trek: Khan

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