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Shadowhawk Reviews @IDWPublishing Star Trek: Khan #1 @abhinavjain87


Here is today's Guest Review by Abhinav Jain from Shadowhawk's ShadeThe Founding Fields, and Just Beyond Infinity, for IDW's Star Trek: Khan #1. I have also added my rating after each review. If you have any questions about my rating or want to discuss anything just leave me a comment.


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Star Trek: Khan #1


'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!

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Origins


Khan Noonien Singh is one of the most memorable characters to come out of the Star Trek: The Original Series, so much so that noted science fiction author Greg Cox penned three novels featuring him in the previous decade and the character has had two films to himself since his first appearance in the TOS episode Space Seed. There’s something rather visceral about the character that draws you in, something greater than the character itself. I can’t really say what, but all I can say is that of all the Star Trek villains over the decades, he is definitely one of my favorites.

Recently, IDW Publishing announced plans to publish a new ongoing series for their Star Trek franchise and that this would focus on Khan as he was presented in the recent Star Trek: Into Darkness movie, the sequel to the 2009 blockbuster Star Trek. These movies are a reboot of the old The Original Series sub-franchise and they redefine a lot of the lore that has been canon over the years. Khan himself is no stranger to a change in lore since the Greg Cox trilogy is considered to be out of official Star Trek canon as well. And the new series introduces a brand-new canon, if this first issue is anything to by.

This issue begins in the wake of the ending of Star Trek: Into Darkness, with Khan being brought in before a full Federation council for a trial. He is charged with wholesale murder of Federation civilians and hence his trial is a Federation matter rather than a specific Starfleet one. After some initial hostility towards his accusers, Captain Kirk and First Officer Spock, Khan begins to narrate the tale of who he is. He tells of who he was before Admiral Marcus found his hibernation pods, and those of his fellow superhumans.

Going entirely on the basis of this issue only, and ignoring any previous in-continuity material (since the new movies are creating their own continuity and this comic is a part of that), this is a fairly decent issue. I’m previously familiar with Mike Johnson through his work on the first year of Supergirl in the New 52 and its nice to see him doing something else these days. I haven’t exactly kept up with his work, so he could very well have been busy since he stepped off Supergirl, but still, his scripts were decent material. And that’s what this new comic is as well. Its a decent enough story that could be better, but it does tell an interesting tale of how Khan came to be. Or rather, how Noonien Singh became who he is, the early days of his metamorphosis into a superhuman.

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Images Unplugged Rating


Cover & Solicit - 3
Art, Colors & Inking - 3
Layout & Flow - 5
Story - 5
Verdict - 4.1 (8/10)
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