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Star Trek: Khan (2014)
Fiction Review by The Gravedigger

Star Trek: Khan (2014) This is an interesting story, explaining why the Khan we are introduced to in Star Trek: Into Darkness looks and seems so different than the Khan in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. Soon after the events of the second movie Khan is put on trial by the Federation. Kirk speaks up and says he doesn't believe this man standing before them is the historic 20th Century tyrant. So Khan tells his story, which begins in India, where he's an orphan who is kidnapped. A year later we find him and over twenty Indian kids being kept in a facility where they are going to do genetic re-sequencing on them. In fact, Khan only had one leg--and afterwards has grown a new one. Years go by and we see their training, both as scientists and warriors. It's in 1985 that they take over and remove their neural inhibitors. They kill their captors/teachers. We learn that there were many secret schools like this around the world with thousands of augmented humans. And, in 1992, they try to take over the world, and divide the continents up in to various coalitions. But the augments start fighting amongst themselves. Human rebels develop a microscopic weapon that attacks their biology and kills them. Khan, and eighty-four of the last genetically modified survivors, take off in a ship in Australia--the Botany Bay. They all go into suspended hibernation.

Many years later he wakes up--and Alex Marcus is the first person he sees. Marcus refers to him as John Harrison--and he looks extremely different, not a dark Indian but Caucasian. Marcus explains he was a soldier and has amnesia. But, of course, Khan's memory comes back--and he's pissed. You see, they not only changed his appearance through surgery, they messed with his mind. Then, all the events happened in Into Darkness.

This graphic novel is far better than I'd thought it would be, though the flashbacks of the augments are a bit different than explained in the two Greg Cox Star Trek Khan novels from a few years back. Nevertheless, highly recommended, as writer Johnson covers all the bases.

Written By Mike Johnson

Art: Various

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