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Star Trek: The Spectrum War (Part 1) "The Spectrum War" Part 1
Star Trek/Green Lantern #1 (IDW)
Written by: Mike Johnson
Art by: Angel Hernandez
Colors by: Alejandro Sanchez
Letters by: Neil Uyetake
Cover B (pictured) by: Francesco Francavilla
July 2015

 

The Enterprise discovers a strange skeleton and six colored rings on a dead planet.

 

Didja Know?

 

The Spectrum War is a 6-part Star Trek story set in the Kelvin timeline, new timeline created by the Romulan Nero's incursion into the past in the 2009 Star Trek movie (starting with "Rebirth" in the PopApostle ST chronology). It was published as the 6-part mini-series Star Trek/Green Lantern, a cross-over of the characters of Star Trek and those of the various Lantern Corps from the DC Universe of comic books published by DC Comics.

 

This mini-series takes place in an alternate timeline than one followed in the main PopApostle Star Trek chronology.

 

Characters appearing in this issue

 

Ganthet

Captain Kirk

Spock

Science Officer 0718

Lt. Sulu

Lt. Uhura

Lt. Zahra

Dr. McCoy

Scotty

Keenser

General Chang

Lt. Chekov

Hal Jordan

 

Didja Notice?

 

This issue opens in the DC Universe on the planet Mogo, with six colored rings flying after Ganthet, one of the Guardians of the Universe. In various stories published by DC Comics, Mogo is a sentient planet and a member of the Green Lantern Corps; the Guardians of the Universe are a group of nearly omnipotent beings who created the Green Lantern Corps and Ganthet is one of its most prominent members; the six rings following him here represent the Lantern Corps outside of the Green Lanterns (the yellow Sinestro Corps, the violet Star Sapphire Corps, the Red Lantern Corps, the Orange Lantern Corps, the Blue Lantern Corps, and the Indigo Lantern Corps).

 

In the Star Trek universe, it is stardate 2262.67. And, in keeping with IDW's determination to screw up the stardates in its Star Trek comics, the conclusion of the mini-series in "The Spectrum War" Part 6 ends on stardate 2262.247, so the story ends before it even began! (And, no, the Enterprise did not travel back in time.)

 

Kirk's captain's log states the Enterprise is en route to Nodell-16, an unexplored system at the edge of the Alpha Quadrant on the galaxy's outermost ring. The system is named for Martin Nodell (1915-2006), the creator of the original Green Lantern character in 1940.

 

On page 8, Scotty asks Kirk for permission to bathe the discovered rings in a tachyon field to see what effect it has on them. Tachyons are hypothetical particles in the study of special relativity that travel faster than light and can never reach a speed equal to or less than the speed of light.

 

This issue introduces the Klingon General Chang to the new timeline. General Chang was the prominent antagonist in the original timeline story of the 1991 film Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country.

 

Chang's ship is a Klingon Bird of Prey, the first appearance of the classic-look Bird of Prey first seen in Star Trek: The Search for Spock in the original timeline. "The Spectrum War" Part 2 reveals that the ship's name is Muqtovor.

 

On page 11, Keenser speaks for the first recorded time, saying, "Did!" in response to Scotty's command to shut off the tachyon field effecting the Lantern rings.

 

On page 18, Chang is chosen as a member of the Sinestro Corps, Chekov as a member of the Blue Lantern Corps, Uhura as a member of the Star Sapphire Corps, and Dr. McCoy as a member of the Indigo Tribe.

 

The Green Lantern seen on the last page of this issue is Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern of Sector 2814 (including Earth) in the DC Universe.

 

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