The Enterprise is returning from Talos and has been recalled to Earth. Captain Pike is struggling with a guilty conscience, and the ship is attacked en route. Must be time for the review of "Star Trek Captain’s Log: Pike", the third in this periodic series about the "other" captains from IDW. We also have a 5-page preview to get you started.
REVIEW: CAPTAIN’S LOG: PIKE
Stuart Moore and J.K. Woodward present the latest tale in the Captain’s Log anthology with a story of Christopher Pike and the difficulties of dealing with deaths of crewmen and the worth of life. The story picks up shortly after the events of "The Cage" with the Enterprise being recalled to Earth after the Talos IV incident. Pike and Number One discuss the loss of the life, the massacre on Rigel, with Pike wondering if it is was worth it when the Enterprise is attacked by a previously unknown vessel. This moment of introspection followed by action sequence is indicative of the way the story plays out, with pauses in the action for Pike to ponder his own actions.
Artist J.K. Woodward returns for another brief stint on a "Star Trek" book, and will be following this up with the Jellico issue coming soon. Woodward’s watercolors evoke the feel of an old television episode seen through our nostalgia. His use of color, poses, and viewing angles look and feel like the first pilot episode, and Moore’s dialogue falls right into place naturally.
Woodward’s use of different sized and shaped panels throughout the story allows him to have images that cover the entire page, but with smaller panes overlapping them. The best example of this is on page 17 of the story, where the page is made up of two main images, top and bottom, but there are three smaller panels laid out in the middle, taking up less than the width of the full page. His grasp of the look of the characters translates well into the painted page, especially when showing the accident and its aftermath toward the end of the story. Robbie Robbins provides the lettering and sound effects for this issue, and the amount of action means that he has a lot of work to do.
Issues like this one that delve into the innermost thoughts and investigate the consciences of the characters show what heights this series can reach. It makes the wait between issues of the anthology so much more frustrating when Moore and Woodward’s collaboration is so rare. With Woodward returning for the final issue of the series, his track record suggests that it will be one to match the excellence of this one, so far the series’ best.
The issue comes with two cover variants. The retailer incentive is a still photograph from the original episode this grows out of. The main cover is done by J.K. Woodward and shows a scene from the story with the two versions of Pike seen in the original series, showing the progression of the issue’s tale.
PREVIEW: Captain’s Log: Pike
Captain’s Log: Pike available now
Captain’s Log Pike retails for $3.99 and was released this weeks and is available in your local comic shop, or you can pick it up at a discount from TFAW, along with other issues from the series.
IDW has not yet announced the trade paperback collection for the Captain’s Log series.