We have arrived at issue #3, and let’s just say that my problems from the first two issues have not been resolved, but seeing as I have gone through them at length (see here and here), we’ll just continue on our merry way.
The comic starts with Spock interrupting Khan’s story (is he a lawyer now?), stating that Khan’s history in the Eugenics Wars is not applicable to the trial, and they should move on. Really, though, if Spock felt this way he should have interrupted earlier… like in issue #1… or not let Kirk ask the question about why Khan suddenly doesn’t look like Ricardo Montalban. But whatever. We’ll move on.
Khan’s story, from here, follows the inevitable corruption of his fellow dictators who reeked war upon the planet while Khan’s benevolent dictatorship sat on the sidelines and watched. When the Normals figure out how to use genetic warfare, and sick a disease on the Augments, Khan decides to take he and his family of trusty Augments into space hoping for a new life.
Next issue, we’ll find out how Admiral Marcus stumbled upon Khan, and why that fateful meeting would cause the trials and tribble-lations of ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’.
Essentially, it’s fairly lackluster. There really isn’t any character development, and there is a sort of shallow back story about the Eugenics Wars that sort of puts Khan’s life before the Enterprise into perspective, but it’s not exactly earth-shattering or all that interesting. It’s one shining moment is when Khan, on the first page says “Eugenics Wars? How poetic. And how feeble an attempt to encapsulate events you scarcely comprehend.”
The irony, of course, is that nothing in Khan’s story really gives us more of an understanding of the Eugenics Wars then we already did before.