Star Trek: Boldly Go #1
Published by: IDW Publishing
Writer: Mike Johnson
Art by: Tony Shasteen
Colourist: David Mastrolonardo
Letterer: Andworld Design
Covers by: George Caltsoudas, Tony Shasteen, J.K Woodward and Marc Lamming (Colours by Mark Roberts)
Editor: Sarah Gaydos
Release Date: October 2016
Warning: this review may contain spoilers.
Introducing the second volume of the Ongoing Star Trek series from IDW Publishing set within the Kelvin timeline…
Months after the events of Star Trek Beyond, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise have been re-assigned to new ships and new roles. Some have chosen to spend time away from Starfleet. Others have embarked on new opportunities. The Galaxy enjoys a fragile peace. It will not last…
Set after Star Trek Beyond it would have been very easy for Mike Johnson to start the new series aboard the Enterprise-A and simply continue the five-year mission however, that wouldn’t be too easy and what we have now are familiar characters in new surroundings that make them as fresh as the first time we were introduced to them.
In many ways this first issue reminded me of the beginning of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, where the five-year mission had ended and the crew of the Enterprise had gone their separate ways. Each character has moved on from the destruction of the Enterprise and it will be interesting to see the impact the loss of the ship has had upon them. Each character is introduced and we are quickly brought up to speed about where they are now however, we have yet to find out why they went where they did. Kirk is confident being in command, something we have seen him come to terms with after the events of the last film while McCoy has some adjustments and issues to deal with aboard the Endeavour, including working with a Tellarite. Each member of the crew has their moment in the issue and the scene with Scotty at Starfleet Academy is hilarious considering the links to the recent Academy series by Johnson. Having Uhura stay on Vulcan was an interesting move considering how career minded she is and I’m looking forward to seeing more of Spock and Uhura taking their relationship in a new direction.
While we see Kirk getting used to his new command (and I’m looking forward to finding out more about his new first officer; Valas) we also see Sulu adjusting to his new role as first officer aboard the Concord and he’s in the thick of the action as the ship is attacked by an unknown adversary. The commanding officer of the Concord is someone well-known to the prime universe and that is Clark Terrell who commanded the Reliant in The Wrath of Khan. That was a nice touch by Johnson and I’m looking forward to discovering his fate in the second issue.
The ending was handled well and knowing what is coming next for Kirk and crew has me excited as well as confused and I’m looking forward to seeing how Johnson intends to bring this new threat into the Kelvin timeline.
The art by Tony Shasteen is as always; exceptional. The crew likenesses are spot-on although McCoy did seem slightly off to me. Having new ships introduced means we have new crew members and Shasteen has been allowed to play. I love the look of the Endeavours first officer Valas and a young Terrell while the designs of both ships are impressive. The shipboard details are great while San Francisco and the Academy is as consistent as ever. The panels of New Vulcan and the debris field of the Concord stood out for me while I loved how Spock was wearing his traditional robes which we saw Prime Spock wear in The Wrath of Khan and Undiscovered Country.
The colouring by David Mastrolonardo really enhances Shasteen’s artwork and considering the story jumps from deep space to Vulcan to San Francisco over the course of the issue the colour plays an important part of the story. The partnership between Mastrolonardo and Shasteen has been working well together and I hope that this continues for this series.
The standard cover is by George Caltsoudas with Kirk, Spock and Uhura in a traditional action pose. The sub cover is by Tony Shasteen which depicts Kirk and in the background his transfer orders to the Endeavour, the sub covers will form one large picture once collected. There is also a sketch cover and photo cover with Chris Pine from Star Trek Beyond. Being the first issue there are also three retail incentive covers; the first is by Marc Laming and shows Kirk in his uniform along with the new survival jacket and him in his orbital suit. The second is by Shasteen and is an homage to one of the Original Series publicity shoots of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Uhura while the third cover is by J.K. Woodward and is of New Vulcan with Spock in his traditional robes and McCoy in the background.
The standout covers for me were those drawn by George Caltsoudas and J.K Woodward. Both were very different in style but stood out for me in tone, likenesses and colour.
When launching a new series, it’s a fine balance between introducing the characters and setting up the story line and within this first issue Johnson has managed to do both while ending the issue with possibly one of the most anticipated meetings between the crew of the Enterprise and one of Star Trek’s greatest foes. Combined with Shasteen’s artwork, Boldly Go looks like it going to be a must for all Star Trek comic fans.