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Star Trek/Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds (Part 1) "Stranger Worlds" Part 1
Star Trek/Green Lantern #1
IDW
Written by: Mike Johnson
Art by: Angel Hernandez
Colors by: Mark Roberts (incorrectly credited to Alejandro Sanchez in this issue)
Letters by: Andworld Design
Cover A by: Angel Hernandez
December 2016

 

The ring-bearers' strength begins to wane in their new universe with no power batteries to recharge them.

 

Read the summary of this issue at the DC Wikia

 

Didja Know?

 

Stranger Worlds is a 6-part Star Trek story set in the Kelvin 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 by IDW as the 6-part mini-series Star Trek/Green Lantern (2016-2017) 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. Stranger Worlds follows the events of the first Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover, The Spectrum War.

 

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

 

Characters appearing in this issue

 

Guy Gardner

Kilowog

John Stewart

Nekron (in flashback only, deceased)

Black Lanterns (in flashback only)

Ganthet (in flashback only, deceased)

Captain Kirk

Mr. Spock

Lt. Uhura

Hal Jordan

Carol Ferris

Lt. Chekov

Dr. McCoy

Scotty

Atrocitus (mentioned only)

Larfleeze (mentioned only)

Sinestro

Saint Walker

Lt. Sulu

Manhunter

Guardians of the Universe (mentioned only)

 


 

Didja Notice?

 

In this mini-series, the Starfleet officers are wearing the new tunics first seen in Star Trek Beyond. Apparently, Starfleet uniforms were updated in the six months between this series and The Spectrum War.

 

On page 1, panel 2, The Starfleet Academy motto is seen on the Academy emblem: Ex astris, scientia. The is Latin for "From the stars, knowledge."

 

At the Academy lecture, Guy Gardner is wearing a t-shirt that reads "SFA, Fighting Phoenixes". SFA presumably stands for Starfleet Academy. The Fighting Phoenixes is the name of a Parrises squares team at the school, as first revealed in "Crossed Signals". Parrises squares is an athletic game in the ST universe, mentioned in a number of episodes of the various TV series.

 

This issue seems to indicate that Green Lantern John Stewart chose to return to Earth rather than stay aboard the Enterprise. At the end of "The Spectrum War" Part 6, it had seemed that he was staying on the ship.

 

    On page 6, the Enterprise is assisting Deep Space Station K-5 on the edge of the Beta and Delta quadrants with evacuation during a meteor storm. The station winds up destroyed from the meteor bombardment, but is successfully evacuated. A space station by the same name appears in the eBook Distant Early Warning (2006), set in the original timeline's 23rd Century.

    The station appears essentially identical to Starbase 1 in orbit over Earth seen in "The Vengeance of Nero" and Into Darkness.

 

Page 6 indicates it has been six months since the "Nekron incident". This would refer to the events of The Spectrum War.

 

On page 8, a Starfleet officer on K-5 refers to Hal Jordan as Captain Jordan. Jordan is not an official member of Starfleet, as Kirk himself points out later in the issue, so it is not his Starfleet rank. Jordan is a former U.S. Air Force officer (before becoming Earth's Green Lantern in the DC Universe) with the rank of captain, but would this random Starfleet officer even know that?

 

This issue reveals that Scotty and Carol Ferris have begun a romance.

 

Commenting on the Lanterns' rings falling reliability due to power loss, Jordan says, "Hopefully Atrocitus, Larfleeze, and Sinestro are all facing the same problem out there wherever they are." Atrocitus, Larfleeze, and Sinestro are evil ring bearers who disappeared, believed escaped into space, after Nekron was defeated in "The Spectrum War" Part 6.

 

In the time since the end of "The Spectrum War" Part 6, Sinestro is shown to have become the emperor of Qo'noS, the Klingon homeworld.

 

Sinestro muses on his ring's dwindling power, with he not able to access his power battery on the planet Qward in the anti-matter universe. In the DC Universe, the fallen Green Lantern Sinestro fled to Qward and had its famed Weaponers construct him his yellow power ring and battery to use in combat against the Green Lantern Corps. He later commanded the Weaponers to make hundreds of yellow rings for the new Sinestro Corps he then formed as an army.

 

On page 16, Sinestro comments that he is tired of the Klingons, indicating especially their smell. Several ST episodes (and the movie Star Trek: The Voyage Home) make reference to Klingons and their ships as smelling bad to human and Vulcan sensibilities.

 

One of the members of the Enterprise landing party on page 17 appears to be Lt. Zahra.

 

At the end of the issue, the landing party discovers the remains of a Manhunter in a crater on a planetoid in the Beta Quadrant. As Jordan explains here, the Manhunters were precursors to the Green Lantern Corps created by the Guardians of the Universe, a robotic force meant to police and fight evil in the galaxy.

 

The large-bladed weapons carried by Sinestro and his Klingon soldiers on the last page of the issue are bat'leths, traditional Klingon swords of honor.

 

Sinestro remarks to Jordan that if the Manhunters exist here (the ST universe), so too must the Guardians and the planet Oa. In the DC Universe, Oa is a planet at the center of the universe and the home base of the Guardians of the Universe and it is there that the Guardians built the main power battery that supplied power to the portable power batteries used by their individual Green Lantern Corps members to charge their rings.

 

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