The Creators – Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly – Writers, Stephen Thompson – Artist, Charlie Kirchoff – Colours, Neil Uyetake – Letters
The Players – James T. Kirk, Spock, Doctor McCoy, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu, Chekov
The Story – Kirk has been promoted at the outset of his fifth year as captain of the Enterprise but is momentarily put on the backburner as the crew investigates a call for help from the Tholians.
The Take – The creators of this book start things off with a bang, so much so that it ensures that the reader will keep reading the entire issue through to see the resolution to that very first scene even though he/she knows it will not happen until some future time. With a single page, Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly with Stephen Thompson on art, set up the first arc of the book, possibly more, so perfectly that one cannot help but be intrigued and want to come back again. All of this is aside from the fact that this book will chronicle the fifth year of the Enterprise’s five year mission, that in itself being enough of a draw to lure readers in. From there, it is learned that Kirk has been offered an admiralty, something he does not want, or at the very least, not yet. Kirk likes being the captain of the Enterprise, likes exploring, meeting and dealing with new cultures and the excitement that comes when stuck in a possibly sticky situation when they arise. Being trapped behind a desk is not what he wants to do with his life, even if it means he will be one of the youngest admirals in Starfleet history. One thing that the writers of this book get right is the characterisation of those on board the ship, starting with Kirk and eventually winding their way down through the cast that everyone has come to know and love, from Spock’s long winded explanations on the science of things to the banter between Chekov and Sulu. One can hear the voice of Leonard McCoy in their head as he talks to the Captain over a cup of Saurian brandy and it all feels just right. There is little action to be found within, but come the end of the book when they investigate the Tholian distress signal; they come upon something unexpected, leaving it off on a cliff-hanger and a very interesting scene. While the story is good, so too is the artwork which looks phenomenal thanks to Thompson and the colours of Charlie Kirchoff. Each member of the cast looks as they should instead of a vague resemblance that many artists tend to do when drawing a television property and it only enriches the story that the writers are telling. Altogether this was a very strong start to the latest Star Trek book to come from IDW and worth every penny.
Worth It? – Yes.