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The illustration is great, the story is engrossing
on 25 October 2015
This series was initially published in five issues so be aware that it is quite short. The illustration is great, the story is engrossing, but there were a couple of annoying glitches. The main one being that the story line attempts to reconcile Khan's appearance with his heritage, with a load of tripe about genetic manipulation. Firstly, I don't know why the writers decided to try and explain this issue, when in this day and age, you'd think race shouldn't be an issue. It was completely unnecessary, distracted the reader from the real story and reduced the impact of the true emotional issues. Personally I find it a bit of an error of judgement on the writer's part. As Star Trek fans should know, Khan is named after his creator, he wasn't given an Indian name because he is ethnically Indian. Why not just leave it at that? Anyone who didn't already know this about Khan would probably take it in their stride that this guy, (from just a little bit further in our own future, by the way,) might have a name that doesn't reflect his ethnicity. Why did they have to go and self consciously try to explain it and then end up with a less plausible story as a result. I'm sure most people don't have a problem with someones face not matching their name. Sure Hollywood has been accused of whitewashing many parts, but would the comic writers have followed that story line if the actor chosen to portray Khan had been, for instance, African American, would they have been as compelled to explain the apparent contradiction? Or are white actors the only ones who happen to be fair game? Actors get parts because they are professional and show up on time, just like any other job. they get the part because of their skill in portraying strong emotion. They shouldn't get the part because they are a particular colour. Anyone who is squeamish about race on film should watch Cloud Atlas, which proves it doesn't matter how a character's appearance is written, what matters the most is how powerfully they tell the story. I can hardly bear to imagine a comic series written to explain the inconsistencies of race in that movie. Put in that perspective, the 'Khan' comic's writers seem even more pathetically apologetic. This approach has also precluded the fact that there are plenty of ethnic Indian people with blue, green or grey eyes and a variety of skin tones. Hell, I'm part Indian and I'm as pale as you can get. No-one complains. Maybe someone should have told the writers about Ricardo Montalban being Mexican.