TrekInk: Review – Star Trek: The Last Generation #4

Data’s captured by the Klingons. The Silver Ghost is nowhere to be found. Picard’s plan has been scuttled by Wesley’s teenage rebellion. What are they to do? How will they get back in time? How will they wrap this up with only one more issue to go? Find out more in our review of the Myriad Universes story "Star Trek The Last Generation" #4.


We begin with the inevitable. Picard’s resistance cell has suffered horrendus losses due to Wesley’s actions at the tail end of the last issue. A quick summarizing of all of the other main characters we know and love (Janeway, Vaughn, and Red Squad for example) shows us that Picard and his crew are now all on their own. The loss of Data has hit them hardest. Their source inside the Klingon court has confirmed his capture, and now Picard is left with no way to travel back in time. Fortunately, the Silver Ghost arrives on the scene with La Forge and Riker in tow and Picard is able to brief him on his plan.

All this hardship… and all Riker cares about is his trombone? (click to enlarge)

In the last issue, Picard really grew into his commanding self that we were familiar with. In this issue, we see his attention to detail rise to the fore. His interactions with Sulu, the Silver Ghost, are done as peers. I get a strong feeling from the way that this story has been written, that had the two been shown meeting in the first issue, Picard would treat Sulu as much more of a superior officer. We also see some growth in Worf.

In the earlier issues of the series, Worf has always been relatively weak willed when it came to dealing with the Resistance. The first sign of backbone he really showed was in the setting of the trap for Picard’s crew. In this issue, it is shown that the trap was completely done at the behest of his advisors. Once that is pointed out on the page, Worf steps up to the plate and becomes a true Klingon warlord, ruling by strength.

The other character with significant growth shown is Sulu. Now, admittedly, the man portrayed is elderly, and is well set in his ways, but we haven’t really seen what he is truly made of. Andrew Steven Harris lets him out of the bag on this one.

Now, we all know the answer to this one… which is likely why Sulu can’t be bothered to answer it… (click to enlarge)

I continue to have trouble with some of Purcell’s art on this series, and I still can’t figure out what it is that bothers me about it. I recently read a number of old DC Star Trek comics that he worked on, and have absolutely no problem with his portrayals of the original series crew. In fact, his best likeness in this series is that of Sulu. Having said that, during the course of the issue, there is one shot of Worf that looks like Purcell drew it with Michael Dorn standing in the room in makeup in front of him. There is also another fantastic double panel of Picard sitting in thought, in two different locations, but with the same exact pose.

Once again, Bob Almond has assistance on the inking in this issue, this time from Purcell and Terry Pallot. I’m not entirely sure why this is the case, but, as with the prior case of this happening in issue #2, it does not detract from the story or art at all.

As noted in my review of the first issues, “I’ve never been big on the ‘alternate universe’ and ‘what if?’ stories,” especially as regard to the Star Trek universe. I’m still not convinced that this series is as good as it could have been, but it is starting to turn into an alternate timeline story rather than a true Myriad Universes story. Regardless, the series is coming to a conclusion, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Harris plans on wrapping things up in the final issue.

Star Trek: The Last Generation arrives in comic shops today, Wednesday Feb 18th.

A & B covers for "Star Trek: The Last Generation" #4 (click to enlarge)

You can purchase (or pre-order) the Last Generation series at (Issues 1-3 are out of stock, but available at Amazon).

ST: TLG #1

ST: TLG #2

ST: TLG #3




ST: TLG #4

ST: TLG #5



Coming up next week – Countdown #2
Keep an eye out for our early review of the second issue in the prequel series for the new Star Trek movie (see preview), which arrives in shops next Wednesday. With issues selling out fast it is a good idea to reserve in advance. You can do this at your local comic shop, or online at Or you can wait until April and pick up the trade paperback, which includes all four issues.

Countdown #1

Countdown #2

Countdown #3

Countdown #4

(sold out)

(Feb 25)




Star Trek Countdown
(Trade Paperback – compiling all 4 issues)

(Pre-order – April. 29)



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Tons of Trek out there now; LOVE IT!


I agree there is a ton of Trek out there now. Just like in 1979 for The Motion Picture and look what happened there. The market nearly bottomed out for Trek merchandise for nearly a decade. I feel that they are counting there chickens before the eggs have hatched.

Is star trek cowntdown considered cannon?


Definitely yes, I think.

Hmmm. I’m ever tempted by these series, but it’s hard to find all of them, especially since I’m not really a comic fan and don’t haunt the comic shops.

any news on TWOK adaptation?

I really enjoyed countdown #1 I’m glad number two comes out soon! IDW really does a pretty good job on them.

#7: Countdown #2 next week. I’m working on the review as I write this.

#3/4: Is it considered canon? Yes and no. It’s the lead-in to the movie. It’s plotted by the movie’s writers. But the final version is done by others. Oh, and it’s not actually on screen. ;)

#6: Yes. Ryall’s blog has some imagery from it. It’s coming in July, three issues, bi-weekly. More information on all of that coming soon from a TrekInk column near you.

@3: No, because Star Trek Countdown does not use explosive-based propellant to launch a projectile over a distance. :P

8 – thanks Alex those images look great….27 years in the making…sounds like it’ll be avaliable as the 3 issues and in an omnibus of all the original movie adaptaions…hopefully a WOK only TB too…

hopefully we might see stuff that was expanded on in the novel – like Khan and his followers torturing the genesis people..

#3: How can you “think” something is definite?

That’s like saying “In my opinion, that’s a fact.”

#3: Countdown is not cannon. It is also not canon.

Let’s all repeat this one more time, for the cameras: “If it’s not live-action on a TV or movie theater screen, then it’s not canon.” That goes for Pathways, the Roddenberry TMP novelization, Mosaic, the various Activision games, the TNG and DS9 book relaunches, TAS, the Titan novels, Star Trek Phase II/New Voyages, the unfilmed Ira Stephen Behr ending of “What You Leave Behind,” the technical manuals, the James Blish books, and, yes, even the beloved episode “Yesteryear.”

If it’s not on a TV screen or in a movie theater, or if it’s not live action, it’s not canon. Period. Or, if you’re British, full stop.

That said, we all look forward to reading Countdown, and I, for one, tend to base much canonical speculation on the ideas presented by it. The mere fact that it isn’t canon doesn’t mean that elements of it cannot be introduced into canon later, nor that it can’t be added to the lose collection of materials that make up the vague fan-built entity called “fanon.” It is not, however, canon.

Thank you. This has been a public service announcement. For more information, please see “Every Fan’s Canon Primer”, by Steve Roby (available here:

On topic… the art looks considerably better, to me, than the DC comics of Ye Olde Days that I own. That artwork drove me nuts–in this, I can recognize my characters while simultaneously not be repelled by weird colorings. We’ve come a long way from those first TNG comics about races aging backwards and Santa Claus visiting the Enterprise!

#6: Images here:

BTW, I started with Countdown and basically bought all the IDW TPB’s based on TOS after that. So far I have read just Mirror Images but I must say I loved it, and that comes from someone who isn’t a fan of comic books. Excellent story, good art, well worth the price. I am hooked…

@12 James

How about those TV commercials that featured Romulans a few years back (1995 or so) pitching Hallmark Star Trek Christmas tree ornaments?

That was on TV and it’s live action, so that’s canon? Er, right?

Its not just cannon, it ccannonn, as in “Yes we canon!”

Right but what if I film myself reading a book or a comic and show it on a tv or movie screen? Then it is cannon right?

Am I the only person bothered by the Excelsior cover? Look how close to Excelsior the warship is. What kind of reckless maniac does that?

Alex Fletcher-

I’m an old-school reader of Trek comics, having collected Gordon Purcell’s run on DC back in the early 90s- to answer your question about his style, I think it has to do with how static everything feels with his work. Everyone looks posed in a lot of his frames- they don’t give the impression of movement. I like his art in general, and I’m happy that he’s drawing Trek still, but if there’s anything negative to say about his art, it’s that his characters feel stiff.

#12: Correct. That is canon. As was the Shatner DirectTV advertisement.

As was this one:

Tried to find the #6 last generation book and the guy at the local comic shop said it comes out next Wednesday February 25th.

I think the art is quite good, with the biggest difference being the inking. It seems to take some of the drama away. The pages that I think Purcell inked are grittier and fuller, and the Pallot inks of the past are more lush. Compared to almost all other likeness oriented art, Purcell’s is by far the best and most consistant. He’s one of the artists on my must buy list.

#18 – That might be it. Like I said though, I have no issue with his TOS art. Just his TNG art. It might be that it’s static… but it also feels like there’s something just a bit off.

#21 – Purcell is a great artist, but maybe I’m just used to the TNG characters having more definition, more movement, something.

#20 – TLG#4 was out yesterday (well, Wednesday). Countdown #2 is the 25th. TLG #5 is mid-March. No TLG #6. :)

#12 – Hey, Wowbagger, I happen to agree with you, but I’ve been wondering: What if the new “Supreme Court” decides something else is canon? Do they get to overrule whoever made up the old “Supreme Court” (I assume Rodenberry, Berman, Richard Arnold, etc.)?

And if they don’t get to decide, who does?