Mike Johnson culminates 60 issues of the Kelvin Timeline with a terrific valentine moment only comics can supply.
Cover art for Star Trek #60 – Altered Encounters part 2 of 2
Issue #60 available from IDW
Captain’s Log: Stardate 47634.44 Last month the crews of both Enterprise 1701’s from the Prime and Kelvin Timelines experienced a dimensional shift where each member of the command crew swapped places with their counterparts. The most embarrassing moment had to be when Zachary Quinto’s Spock woke up next to Nichelle Nichols’ Uhura. Besides laughs and the fascinating experience, there is something definitely amiss as both ships sent probes to better understand the phenomenon, except the probes that returned belonged to the other reality’s Enterprise …
Wrapping up IDW’s and his five-year run writing the Kelvin Timeline Star Trek adventures, Mike Johnson could not have ended the series any better, as both crews to inhabit the Enterprise 1701 team up for an improbable mission. The two-part storyline, which concludes with Star Trek #60, is hailed as a 50th anniversary special, and it really is Star Trek at its finest.
Battles with Klingons and Romulans are always fun, and the summer blockbuster has certainly given way to a more action-packed version of Star Trek that hardcore and longtime fans are accustomed or appreciate. At its core, Star Trek is cerebral, Star Trek is exploring the final frontier of space (and understanding as well as pushing the human condition), and Star Trek is seeking out new life and civilizations.
So it is fitting that in the final issue of the series, Johnson used a “strange new life form” to bring both crews together in a unique way that only the medium of comic books can provide. It is a mystery that of course has a timetable to solve before the puzzle becomes catastrophic. It is enjoyable to watch members of both crews shift realities and work together with their alternate shipmates to resolve the crisis.
Shasteen continues to utilize the split page format of storytelling as he did in the previous issue, as the reader experiences what each crew is going through simultaneously. While visually, only readers know the difference between one Scotty to the other, Shasteen deftly illustrates the character shift changes without confusing readers regarding which alternate reality character is where. Right before things take a turn for the worse, Shasteen pictures the moment in unique fashion.
Reminiscent of the end of their Legacy of Spock arc in Star Trek #55-58, Johnson and Shasteen’s final pages offer fans a nice visual treat, as well as a valentine to both series. Months after a poignant end to Spock Prime’s story, IDW’s final page of the series pays to tribute to Anton Yelchin with an In Memoriam for the late actor.