The fourth and concluding issue of Star Trek: Spock – Reflections arrived in comic shops this past week. We learn Spock’s purpose for returning to Earth and receive one more lesson from his past, about Vulcans, humans, loyalty and logic. Find out how it all works out in our review below.
Review: Spock – Reflections #4
After programming the navicomputer of his transport with a route to Earth that bypasses Starfleet patrols and listening posts, Spock reflects on what it means to be a Vulcan. Lt. Saavik is on the bridge of the Kobayashi Maru. She gives orders to dump the warp core and seven crew members die, prompting a dressing down from a shipmate. Later on she confides her bewilderment to Spock. He reminds her that not everything is a matter of logic. After transporting to Earth’s surface, the cargo he brought home, for the most illogical of reasons, is transported beneath the surface, and Spock is surprised by a visit from a friend, before returning to Romulus to resume his work.
… nor is it about the smell!
Using a very subtle approach, Scott Tipton and David Tipton finally tell us why Spock has traveled to Earth after his brief visit to Veridian III. Along the way, they present one more of Spock’s reflections on the past, touching on the lessons he taught Saavik about working with humans, self-sacrifice, and loyalty. These are the roots of his own illogical voyage to Earth. I like the way this story arc concludes. No phasers or quantum torpedoes. No funny-looking aliens. Just two old friends saying goodbye. I tip my hat to the Tiptons. This mini-series provided one of the most thoughtful and compelling views of Star Trek ever to appear in comics. Nicely done.
Home, sweet home.
As in previous issues in this series, David Messina created the layouts and Federica Manfredi did finish work. Manfredi and Arianna Florean inked this issue. Coloring was done by Ilaria Traversi with assists by Chiara Cinabro. Florean and Cinabro are part of 2B Studio. Together, all these folks created a terrific background for Spock’s visit to Earth, Saavik’s awkward encounter with human anger, events from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and a conversation with the Captain of the Enterprise. Spock’s wrinkles never looked so good. Saavik looks good too. Another job nicely done.
In a minor miracle of modern comics publishing and collecting, no gasoline or bandwidth was consumed in search of a retailer incentive cover. Spock – Reflections #4 has only one cover, drawn by Messina, featuring an elderly Spock as seen in Star Trek (2009). I guess this means I can splurge and purchase a copy of the hardcover edition of Star Trek: Countdown, which was also published this past week.
If you can’t find Star Trek: Spock – Reflections #4 on the shelf at your local comic ship, you can order a copy online at TFAW.
The trade paperback collecting this mini-series will be out in January and can be pre-ordered from Amazon. If you missed out on Star Trek: Countdown, the hardcover edition is available now.
Mark Martinez is an obsessive-compulsive Star Trek comics reader and collector. You can visit his website, the Star Trek Comics Checklist for more than you ever needed to know about Star Trek comics.