Star Trek: Khan – Issue #1

StarTrekKhan_01Yes, I love Star Trek, so when I heard that IDW was running a comic series on the origins of Khan, I knew I had to read it. I went to the comic store, but they had already sold out of the first issue. Thankfully, they got more in and I was able to purchase a copy.

The story begins with a Federation trial where Khan is facing charges. Kirk asks him to come clean and give a truthful account of his origins. He agrees, and thus begins the tale.

The first issue traces Khan’s childhood as an orphan in India. He is rounded up with other orphans and subjected to genetic experimentation designed to create a perfect soldier. In addition to the genetic modifications, he is also subjected to psychological conditioning designed to stifle fear and compassion. The issue ends with Khan leading the eugenic soldiers in an uprising against their genetic creator and about to enter the world.

OK, so as a pseudo-trekkie, I admit that I am somewhat biased. That said; I really enjoyed the first installment. I found the writing to be solid, the artwork is very good, and the story is consistent with the Star Trek films. Also, I am fascinated with villains, and Khan is one of the greats, right up there with Iago and Raskolnikov. If you like comics and Star Trek, then this is a must-read for you; if not, you should probably avoid it at all costs.



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4 responses to “Star Trek: Khan – Issue #1

  1. Well, I am a big fan of Star Trek, but ONLY the one with Captain Picard. I tried to see TOS and I tried to watch the Wrath of Khan and other original movies and they had no effect on me – none. The new Star Trek movies just got on my nerves. I had o idea you were a trekkie.

    • Ha Ha! Basically, I’m a fan of TOS and TNG. Never got into the other ones as much. While I agree that Picard embodies the leader archetype more so than Kirk, I grew up watching TOS on TV, so there is a nostalgic joy I get from watching the original episodes with my kids.I also loved the other cheesy sci-fi shows from that period, like “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and “Land of the Giants.” I couldn’t get enough of that stuff.

      True story – my second-grade teacher had pointed ears, for real. She used to tell the class she was from the planet Vulcan and once a week, if we behaved, she would tell us stories about Vulcan. It was a great way to keep crazed second-graders in line. 😉


      • Haha, well, Spock is awesome, that is true. I started to watch Star Trek with a lot of skepticism and only for my husband, who is crazy about TNG. He even had a theory that the seven seasons of TNG correspond to the seven chakras and I must say he convinced me.

      • Hmmm. My interest is piqued. Now I will have to go back and watch some of the TNG episodes keeping the chakra relationship in mind. As always, thanks for your comments. You always give me lots to think about, and I like that. Cheers!