The third issue of Star Trek: Spock – Reflections arrives in comic shops today, Wednesday September 23rd. Scott Tipton and his brother David reveal Spock’s destination, more of his memories, and pause for reflection. Meanwhile, artists David Messina, Elena Casagrande, and Federica Manfredi treat us with their vision of original series characters. Find out more in our review below
Review: Spock – Reflections #3
Spock’s transport arrives at Deep Space Station E-5, the midpoint of his journey. Parting with his loquacious Saurian friend triggers a vivid memory of a past arrival on Vulcan and a brief visit with T’Pring, long after their koon-ut-kal-if-fee. Spock boards the ship which will take him to his final destination, the third planet of the Veridian system. As the last leg of his trip begins, another memory of Kirk and personal sacrifice surfaces. Finally, on Veridian III, Spock visits the resting place of his friend, recalls the personal message from Captain Picard, detailing the final moments of James Kirk, and takes a moment of silence.
You’ve gotta have heart
After finishing the last issue, I was concerned about where the story by Scott Tipton and David Tipton might be going. My concern was misplaced. These guys know Spock, period. They also seem to be well acquainted with T’Pring. Her comment about Stonn is priceless. Read the comic and you’ll agree. The Tiptons have been painting a detailed and moving portrait of Spock by revisiting his past. Now that our favorite Vulcan has arrived at his destination and can grieve for his friend, I’m anxious to learn what the brothers will tell us about Spock in the conclusion of Spock – Reflections.
The final act
Elena Casagrande inked this issue and Federica Manfredi did the finish work. Coloring was done by Ilaria Traversi. Layouts were orchestrated by their mentor, David Messina. Since this issue has been handled by many hands, it isn’t surprising to find some inconsistencies in a few panels. At one point, I thought Kirk had been replaced by manga Kirk and in another panel, Hulk Kirk, or maybe Kirk’s Vulcan twin, made an appearance. In other words, an environment-friendly issue, very green. But these trifles are completely overshadowed by the artists’ presentation of T’Pring and Spock’s solitary visit to Veridian III. Overall, very interesting art.
Spock – Reflections #3 has two covers. The regular cover by Messina features an aging but still distinguished Vulcan. The retailer incentive cover by David A. Williams features Spock and Kirk in profile. I wasn’t impressed with the first cover Williams did for this mini-series, but this cover, like the previous one, framed in shadows, is striking. Cover colors were handled by Ilaria Traversi and Moose Baumann respectively.
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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.