Star Trek: Eurydice #45 (Conclusion)
Published by: 
IDW Publishing
Written by: Mike Johnson
Art by: Tony Shasteen
Coloured by: David Mastrolonardo
Lettered by: Neil Uyetake
Cover by: Joe Corroney (Art) and Brian Miller (Colors)
Edited by: Sarah Gaydos
Story Consultant: Roberto Orci
Release Date: 13th May 2015

Overview: Now, well into its 5-year mission, the Enterprise has been left stranded in the Andromeda Galaxy in the Delta Quadrant. With no dilithium and no warp drive, Kirk and crew are slowly limping home. Enter Eurydice: a beautiful, mysterious alien with a technologically advanced ship, who offers to give Captain Kirk a helping hand. Going against his gut, Jim accepts Eurydice’s assistance and she tows them to an asteroid space station. However once there, Eurydice betrays them, handing Kirk and crew over to the station’s ‘dark market’ ringleaders: The Syndicate. With the Enterprise locked down, and separated from his crew, Captain Kirk must negotiate for their release – before they’re sold to the highest bidders; and their ship scrapped for profit.

The Story: I truly enjoyed this three-part story, and the 5-year mission, thus far. I wasn’t a fan of the Behemoth story arc, but when it’s all put together as a whole, it makes for interesting reading. Mike Johnson really is ‘going where no man has gone before’; introducing the crew to new life forms and new civilizations; and – finally, taking this timeline’s counterparts on a fresh course, seeking out new adventures. These are the stories I’ve been wanting to see; not the rehash of the old series’s tales we’d had previously.

In Eurydice, we’re given a deeper look into Captain Kirk’s character (following his demotion and embarrassment in Into Darkness), as he continues to grow into the leader we all know and respect. He doesn’t seem to be as rash in his decision making; he is taking his responsibilities to his ship, his crew, and to Starfleet seriously, this time. Yes – we still see his weakness for the opposite sex getting the better of him; but even as he becomes smitten with Eurydice, herself, he only trusts her so far. Indeed, his gut reaction bears fruit as she ultimately betrays him.

Then there’s Eurydice: she’s sexy and sultry, beautiful (in a Caitian sort of way); she’s confident and flirtatious; just enough of a rebel, in her own right, to appeal to those same qualities in Kirk – it’s hard for him not to fall for her. And, as I predicted in my last review, Eurydice’s guilt will have her changing into the hero, I knew she would be. However, there’s a twist to what caused her to betray Kirk, to begin with; and the endgame to this story is both poignant and heartfelt. Would we (the reader’s) make the same choices if we were in her shoes? But Eurydice is a tough cookie, and she’s content with the consequences she will have to face in her journey’s future. We’re left believing, that she’ll be okay.

My only gripe with this story (once, again), is that Bones is left out of the loop. He’s been M.I.A. for the past two issues. Maybe, the series should be re-titled – Star Trek: The Search for Bones. Not only, has Dr McCoy’s absence been glaringly obvious, but, [in my opinion] it’s insulting to Star Trek‘s legacy and quite inexcusable to usthe fans. Mike Johnson: Name one TOS episode (or movie) where Bones isn’t present? Hell – Admiral McCoy even helped launch The Next Generation! To paraphrase Kirk, in ST: III: “The omission of Bones is like an open wound, and Enterprise feels like a house with all the children gone…”

Please… Bring Bones back to us.

The Art: Remarkable! Throughout this 3-issue arc, Tony Shasteen and David Mastrolonardo have done yeoman work, going above and beyond expectations on every level. I haven’t one single complaint. Shasteen and Mastrolonardo’s names are becoming synonymous with excellence, and I look forward to seeing anything they bring to the table.

With Eurydice, they have had to create a plethora of unique alien species, as well as a new area of the galaxy unfamiliar to fans and a fresh take on a black market setting; while remaining consistent with the crew’s likenesses, with Eurydice, and in providing all of those little details we’ve come to respect and appreciate. In this issue, they’ve even managed to pay homage to TNG‘s pilot episode, ‘Encounter At Farpoint,’ in a beautiful panel; if you’re a true fan, you will sense ‘great joy and happiness’ as soon as you see it. This issue is packed with great art; especially the alien captor holding Kirk’s crew, some terrific battle sequences and a fitting closing scene. Awesome stuff, guys!

The Covers: Joe Corroney and Brian Miller have provided another superb cover for this closing issue. The art, detail and colouring are pure magic. I’m always amazed by their talent and collaboration.

My initial complaint was: What does [it] have to do with the story, though?! We see Spock, front-and-centre, but he’s wearing the exo-suit he donned during the volcano scene in Into Darkness; this story called for no such use of this suit. There appear(s) to be 3 hooded Vulcans, back-dropped by the I.D.I.C. symbol, with a Vulcan cityscape before them; this story takes place in the Delta Quadrant – far, far away, from his destroyed homeworld! Even the photo-cover has Spock dressed in the attire he wore on Kronos in Into Darkness while holding a phaser-rifle! So, what’s up?

I posted my frustration on Facebook, and Tony Shasteen had a reasonable explanation, that somewhat appeased my woes: “It’s difficult because the cover-art is required for solicitation, but the story hasn’t even been written, at that point. So you end up with a lot of generic covers, or covers that tell the wrong story.” Shasteen went on to comment his own frustration: “It’s frustrating for me, as an artist, because I like to tell a story with a cover image, but I rarely get to do that. At best, I get to know who the players are in the issue and that’s it.”

Well, I’m with you, on that, Mr Shasteen; as I’m sure there are many others, in this camp, as well. Hopefully, our opinions will be heard by the appropriate sources, and we can go back to getting covers that are relevant to the story being told.

Overall: A nice, easy-to-follow, character-driven (Kirk and Eurydice), alien-packed enterprise, written by Mike Johnson, in the spirit of the ‘prime’ TOS series; while furthering this crew’s 5-year mission towards the Star Trek 50th anniversary, in 2016. Shasteen, Mastrolonardo and Uyetake make these issues even more enjoyable with their exemplary art and lettering, providing a great backdrop to Johnson’s fast-paced, humour-infused, thought-provoking adventure. Because of Bones’ M.I.A. status, I’m giving Eurydice a ‘four-star’ rating; otherwise, it could have garnered a five. I’m quite baffled by the good doctor’s absence or – recurring guest-star treatment.

‘Til, next time, see ya ‘out there…’

Lt. Eric Cone

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