Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: Mike Johnson
Art by: Tony Shasteen
Colored by: Davide Mastrolonardo
Lettered by: Neil Uyetake
Cover by: Joe Corroney and Brian Miller
Story Consultant: Roberto Orci
Edited by: Sarah Gaydos
OVERVIEW: After their encounter with the star eater in Behemoth, the Enterprise finds itself stranded far from home. With only impulse power, the crew begins the long journey to Jemson-575, where they hope to restore their dilithium crystals and regain warp power. When a ship approaches and offers aid, Captain Kirk must decide whether to trust this space samaritan, and to consider the costs that aid might have for all of them.
THE STORY: Mike Johnson picks up right where issue 42 [Behemoth] leaves off and delivers a great opening for this three-part series. This issue left me with echoes of Star Trek: Voyager, as the crew finds itself a long way from home, with very few options on how to get back. They know it won’t be an easy journey, but they’re resolved to make the best of the situation.
Enter Eurydice. A spirited, if not enigmatic good samaritan, Eurydice arrives well-into their slow trek to Jemson-575 and offers Kirk much needed assistance and technology. Against his better judgement, Kirk agrees to let her help them. Again, I am left thinking of the many Voyager episodes, when Janeway was offered safe passage home, only to suffer the consequences, later, for letting her guard down.
I liked seeing this scenario with Kirk and his crew, though. I believe Mike Johnson has set up a good opening and I’m intrigued to see how this will play out. The excitement I had with The Q Gambit is back.
THE ART: Also returning, is Tony Shasteen, with Davide Mastrolonardo, who do a terrific job of kicking this series off. As with The Q Gambit, the art is sensational; the likenesses are well-done, the coloring is vibrant and there are loads of details in every panel. I am especially impressed with the interiors of the Enterprise (there’s a great scene in the arboretum); as well as the artwork for Eurydice’s ship – there’s some spectacular technology there!
I like Tony’s rendering of Eurydice, as well. She reminds me a bit of the Caitian, M’ress (from The Animated Series); but, she’s unique in her own right, and her likeness is consistent throughout the issue.
It’s never a disappointment when Tony’s doing the art, and he’s backed-up with the tremendous talents of Davide and Neil Uyetake, who does a fantastic job in the lettering department. Their attention to detail is just staggering!
THE COVER: Once again, Joe Corroney (with Brian Miller on colors) knocks it out of the park! Absolutely sensational work for this regular cover! (There’s also, a second, photo-cover available, which features Mr. Sulu.)
OVERALL: A great improvement over the mediocre Behemoth, as Mike Johnson and Sarah Gaydos bring us a great new story, a new alien first contact, creating new excitement and mystery, all the way around. The art is wonderful, with plenty of good characters thrown in and lots of awesome ship interiors. Plus, that cover by Joe, is out of sight! I can’t wait to see next month’s issue!
‘Til, next time, see ya ‘out there…’
Lt. Eric Cone