Comic Review: Star Trek: Khan – Ruling In Hell

Published: April 19th, 2011
Written by: Scott Tipton, David Tipton
Art by: Fabio Montovani
Based on: Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry

IDW Publishing, 104 Pages


For fans of Khan Noonien Singh from Star Trek, that wanted to know about what happened between the classic original Trek episode Space Seed and The Wrath of Khan, this is a tale for you.

The story starts just as Kirk and crew are helping Khan get established on his new home world. Once the Enterprise leaves, it follows Khan and his crew, as they adapt to their new environment and master the elements with Khan promising that this is a great new beginning that will eventually lead into a great civilization for their grandchildren.

Shortly after, we witness the explosion of Ceti Alpha VI from the eyes of Khan on the ground. His world changes, the environment is wrecked but Khan has faith that Kirk will come and rescue them because he is an honorable man. All the while, his people grow weary and question Khan’s leadership.

The book continues on to show you the discovery of the Ceti eels, the death of Khan’s wife and a civil war among his people. The story ends at the moment where Chekov and Terrell arrive on the planet in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Ultimately, this comic is a perfect bridge between the two times Khan appeared in the original Star Trek continuity. It was well written with a plot nicely constructed from just the minor bits we discovered from Khan himself in Wrath of Khan. I liked the respect Khan initially had for Kirk and how this was really a tale about the loss of faith and hope. It showed a strong willed man slowly broken down, betrayed, broken hearted yet still intensely focused on the survival of himself, his people and all that they have left.

In the end, you really feel Khan’s hatred and his burning desire to get revenge on Kirk.

Rating: 8.25/10
Pairs well with: The Star Trek TV episode Space Seed and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, also other IDW Star Trek comics featuring the original crew and their continuity.