Star Trek: Khan #1

Star Trek: Khan #1

Writer: Mike Johnson Artist: Claudia Balboni Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: October 16, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14
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"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!

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Space Chief Oct 24, 2013

    I was blown away by the story of how Khan became the genetically altered Superman we all know from the movies and TV series and in my opinion Star Trek: Khan is one of the most interesting Star Trek stories I have seen in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Oct 17, 2013

    Stark Trek: Khan #1 is a successful exploration of a man that on several occasions and in multiple iterations left a lasting impact on the men and women of theUSS Enterprise. It easily earns a recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Aaron Clutter Oct 20, 2013

    A great story and very interesting telling of Khan's origin. I look forward to next issue. The artwork is simple, nothing fancy, and in some places even spartan" maybe a homage to Khan's way of life as a simple conqueror not a grand king? Either way, I recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about this cool Star Trek villain. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Helga Pearson Oct 29, 2013

    Khan has started strong but it remains to be seen where they go with it and if all the questions are answered to everyone's satisfaction. This is a tight-rope walk to be sure, Johnson has his work cut out for him. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Oct 18, 2013

    Overall though, this was a fun issue, and I'm looking forward to reading the second next month. Its going to be interesting to see how the lore is changed/rebooted/affected. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Oct 20, 2013

    The other huge part of why this got a lower grade was because it is a story that quite honestly does not need to be told. I think it is a cool idea to want to tell Khan's origin but they are trying to tell why he looks different. They are linking the two different timelines together which is unnecessary. The thing I loved most about the new movies was that they created their own timeline and can now do what they want with the characters. Why does this series feel the need to explain why he's a white male now??? Why is the original Khan even known to these people in this timeline? The whole thing feels like it may get very convoluted and while twists and turns are great, confusion is not something I want to feel from this kind of series that has potential to be very good. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 16, 2013

    This issue is divided between David Messina's art in the present-day scenes and Claudia Balboni's in the past. Messina's pages are little more than collections of talking heads, impressive for their resemblance to the actors but little else. Luckily, Balboni's work offers more storytelling flow. Despite its often spartan nature, the past scenes do a fine job of conveying Khan's journey and evolution. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Oct 16, 2013

    The first entry in the Khan miniseries plays it safe. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Oct 16, 2013

    Take it or leave it. While it's not the most fresh or sophisticated origin story it's an entertaining read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Alison "Boom" Baumgartner Oct 18, 2013

    Now, me and the 'Star Trek' comics are usually almost always at odds when it comes to what is canon, so what I'm going to try and do this time is just to leave my concerns here, not jump to any conclusions, and see what happens in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Jeff Butler Oct 17, 2013

    I expect this is the comic that had to be gotten out of the way for the more interesting stuff, moving on in future issues to the Eugenics War and presumably Khan's unfreezing and work under Admiral Marcus. Reading the book reminded me somewhat of Dark Horse's 'Clone Wars' series, not in terms of quality but rather telling stories that ultimately would have been better to see on the big screen that what we got. It's a passable book, not worth going out of the way for if you aren't passionate about Nu-Trek, but more interesting than I would have given it credit for. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Analog Addiction - Tony Couto Oct 19, 2013

    With nothing really gripping emotionally, and a totally forced link to the original series, Star Trek: Khan #1 isn't a Star Trek comic worth your time, whether you're a classic Trek fan or a modern one. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Oct 23, 2013

    While the ideas and motivations behind Star Trek: Khan are solid attempts to tell a story that desperately needed to be expanded on, the creative team at IDW didnt leverage their greatest assets of imagination and visual story telling to make a good comic. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 15, 2013

    Unless you're a completist, Star Trek: Khan #1 is definitely a book you can skip. Even though this series is set in the J.J. Abrams universe, the central theme of fate and altered realities isn't even mentioned here, and that robs this story of the charm of the rebooted Trek-verse. Poor artwork and a forgettable story make this book its own worst enemy. Read Full Review

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