Review: Star Trek Boldly Go #7
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Written by: Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott
Art by Megan Levens with colors by Sarah Stern
This month’s epic (Part 1 of 2) whodunit sees the U.S.S. Endeavour on a “journey to Babel” that quickly turns sour. The Romulan Ambassador has been murdered and all eyes point to a certain “wet-nosed” Andorian with daddy-issues.
In the aftermath of the Borg incursion, the Romulans have agreed to a rare diplomatic meeting with Federation delegates at Babel to discuss an alliance against future threats. Scotty has reunited with Kirk (even though he was just on the ship in last month’s issue) and he’s managed to pull some strings to bring back the crew from IDW’s Starfleet Academy miniseries. An impassioned Captain Terrell pleads his case to the delegation that the threat is real – there is no negotiating with the Borg.
Personally, I never liked TWOK’s version of Terrell – he was a weak leader and one-dimensional. One of the best things to ever happen in TNG was Picard learning to live with becoming Locutus – it provided depth to his character and made him more relatable to the audience. I find myself fascinated with this reinvention of Terrell – there’s obviously more to his story. But I digress…
Back to the conference. The Romulans have never been trustworthy and tensions are high (there’s even a joke about how only a bat’leth could cut through it). Cadet Shev’s insubordination is in full force when he is openly rude to Romulan Ambassador Joltair, resulting in him being confined to his quarters until further notice. Shortly after, Joltair is poisoned by a toxic plant from the planet (you guessed it) Andor and collapses to his death in front of the delegation. This sends everyone into a frenzy, with the Romulans threatening to leave Babel and blaming the Federation for the Ambassador’s murder.
The duo of Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott are back and this story greatly benefits from their collaboration. I love a good murder-mystery, and this has all the workings of an Undiscovered Country-esque twist. The plot is packed with intriguing misdirection that doesn’t take you away from the core story. It sets up the perfect cliffhanger for next month’s conclusion.
This issue also brings us the anticipated return of artist Megan Levens to the Star Trek universe (you can read her wonderful interview with us back in February here). Levens describes her style as “cartoony and emotive”– a label that couldn’t be more spot on. You might think that the words “cartoon” and “murder” don’t mix well together, but she manages to pull it off without it feeling goofy. In fact, her art in this issue makes it seem like I’m watching a Kelvin-verse animated series. If Paramount ever decides to make one, she needs to receive the first call.
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IDW Announces George Takei Graphic Novel
In other comics-related news, IDW has signed a book publishing deal with George Takei. They will collaborate on a graphic novel re-examining the Japanese American internment camps during WWII through his family’s firsthand experience. According to IDW, the graphic novel “will explore these events through the eyes of young George, and how this shaped him to become the humanitarian he is today; a proud American and a vocal activist against intolerance in all its forms, lending his influential voice to the voiceless.”
The Takei graphic novel also promises to cover more aspects of the actor’s life, including “his rise to stardom as helmsman of the USS Enterprise on Star Trek, and how these life-changing events led him down his chosen path of activism and championing human rights.” Look for the graphic novel in 2018.
Star Trek Boldly Go #7 arrives in comic book stores on Wednesday, April 12 and retails for $3.99. You can also pre-order it at TFAW with a discount.
The trade paperback collection of Star Trek: Boldly Go (volume 1, collection of issues #1-#6) will be released on July 25th for a retail price of $19.99. You can pre-order from Amazon for 33% off.
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