IDW and DC Comics are Teaming Up ‘Star Trek’ With ‘Green Lantern’

By April 6, 2015
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Chances are that if you’re a fan of genre fiction, you understand what’s undeniably attractive about crossovers and team-ups. When two or more disparate characters or franchises are mashed together, it can be an endlessly entertaining interaction, with dialogue alone being worth the price of admission. Whether you’re talking about early examples like DC and Marvel’s collaborative comic book “The Battle of the Century: Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man” from 1976, the strange meeting of characters from sitcoms “Mad About You” and “Friends,” the bizarre battle of Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, or something as early as Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, crossovers provide both fans and creators with very memorable moments, and potentially valuable character interactions.

One of the released cover images for Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War, launching this July.

One of the released cover images for Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War, launching this July.

In comics, crossovers are likely more common than in any other medium, but even seasoned comic book fans likely didn’t expect this: announced this past weekend at WonderCon (via CBR), IDW Publishing and DC Comics have announced that they’re teaming up for a crossover between the Star Trek franchise’s crew of the Starship Enterprise, and the superheroic space opera of DC’s Green Lantern.

Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War will be a six-issue comic book mini-series debuting this July. Writer Mike Johnson, who has been IDW’s go-to scribe for the Star Trek franchise for the last eight years, will pen the series along with artistic collaborator Angel Hernández, fresh off of a DC Comics one-shot. Featuring Hal Jordan, Earth’s first human member of the venerable Green Lantern Corps and founding member of the Justice League, the crossover will happen with the iteration of the Enterprise crew first introduced in the 2009 Star Trek film. The synopsis reads,

Set in Star Trek’s 23rd Century, the balance of the universe will be tested when the Green Lantern Corps’ Power Rings come into the possession of certain Star Trek characters while a dark and powerful evil looms around every corner. Only the combined power of the Green Lantern Corps and the Federation stand any chance of stopping those who worship evil’s might.

As a massive fan of both franchises, this is certainly exciting news to me. It’s also slightly coincidental, because there are certain unsubstantiated rumors floating around that Warner Bros. wants Chris Pine, the incumbent Captain Kirk in the relaunched Star Trek film series, to play Hal Jordan in the upcoming films of DC’s cinematic universe.

That not withstanding, though, it should prove to be endlessly interesting seeing Green Lanterns like Jordan and perhaps Kilowog interact with the likes of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. On top of that, one of the covers looks like it features Star Trek VI villain General Chang wielding the yellow, fear-based ring of the Sinestro Corps. Yikes.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.