A two-part alternate Mirror universe tale concludes this week in issue #16 of the ongoing Star Trek series from IDW Publishing. Or is it part two of a Mirror alternate universe? You’ll have to decide for yourselves. Spoilers and other comics news after the break.
Star Trek #16
Written by Mike Johnson, art by Erfan Fajar, Hendri Prasetyo and Miralti Firmansyah of Stellar Labs, colors by Sakti Yuwono and Ifansyah Noor of Stellar Labs, letters by Neil Uyetake, based on the original teleplay of Mirror, Mirror by Jerome Bixby, creative consultant Roberto Orci, edited by Scott Dunbier
Mirrored, Part 2: Kirk learns that Nero was waiting for the reappearance of the anomaly that appeared the day Kirk’s father died. Ignoring orders from Senator Pike, Kirk takes the Narada to the anomaly and snares a ship piloted by an elderly Spock, who muses that Kirk isn’t the man he remembers and on the terrible mistake he’s made. Kirk finds the red matter; Scotty discovers how it works; and Kirk decides to show Vulcan its proper place in the Terran Empire. Unfortunately for Kirk, he never really understood women.
Spock finds his place.
Mike Johnson’s take on the Mirror universe concludes with an amusing twist that highlights Uhura, perhaps the most underutilized and underappreciated character of Star Trek. Kirk’s shortsightedness and the interplay between Spock Prime and alt-Mirror Spock is a seamless blend of all that we know about these characters. Johnson has done a terrific job. Art for this two-part story was handled by a team of artists from Stellar Labs in Jakarta, Indonesia, and according to a tweet from @STELLARLabs, they will be handling art duties for more comics in this series. The layouts and colors are outstanding. Occasionally, some of the character likenesses have a flat appearance, lacking the feature highlights seen in other panels, but I expect their work to improve over time. Bottom line? Mike Johnson knows his Trek so don’t miss out on the fun.
Preview of Star Trek #16
This week’s preview has a lower resolution than usual and is a little difficult to read, but you get the gist of the story.
Titan Magazines press release for Star Trek Magazine #44
GOLD KEY COMICS INSPIRED COVER FOR STAR TREK™ MAGAZINE!
Star Trek Magazine goes retro with a cover inspired by a classic Gold Key Comics Star Trek™ series. The design is based on issue 7, first published in March 1970. The issue featured comic strip adventure The Voodoo Planet, which saw Kirk and Spock beam down to an alien planet that looks exactly like Earth, even down to replica landmarks including the Eiffel Tower – all constructed from papier mache!
Star Trek Magazine issue #44 cover mirrors the original, quite literally, re-interpreting it as a Mirror Universe publication from the Terran Federation. What’s more, the regular newsstand edition runs a thoroughly modern take on the same design, this time featuring Kirk, Spock and McCoy from J.J.Abram’s new Star Trek timeline.
Issue #44 of The Official Star Trek Magazine takes a trip across dimensions and through a multiverse of alternate timelines, investigating the science behind temporal paradoxes and quantum theory along the way. We also speak to Denise Crosby; re-evaluate the Trek movies The Final Frontier and Insurrection; and in Star Trek Scrapbook, we discover that the real world can be far stranger than fiction. Featuring exclusive interviews, original fiction, the latest on the new Trek movie, plus all your favorite regular features, news, reviews, and competitions.
For more information on Star Trek Magazine visit: http://titanmagazines.com/startrek
Stalled Trek: Amutt Time
Animation by Mark R. Largent, music by Rich Douglas, additiuonal voices by Terri Jakubowski and Xanthy Sotiriades
Where no felt has gone before! The USS Secondprize’s Science Officer, Mr. Spott is a mutt! He’s half human and half Vulcanine. Compelled by icky-gross reasons, Captain Krok agrees to take Mr. Spott to his homeworld only to find himself and Mr. Spott in an epic combat to the death! Stalled Trek: Amutt Time is an animated puppet parody. Running time 16 minutes.
Back near the turn of the century, Mark Largent published Stalled Trek: Amutt Time as an e-comic in PDF format, but the medium tasked him. What he really wanted to do was animate his story. Last year he realized his dream with a successful Kickstarter project that allowed him to produce this DVD. The story
mauls pays tribute to the original series episode Amok Time, by Theodore Sturgeon, telling the tale of a doomed union between Spott and his Vulcanine paramour, T’Pomeranian. The original comic is also on the DVD, but it’s difficult to read on a television. I found it easier to read on a computer display. You can order a copy of Stalled Trek: Amutt Time DVD at Largent’s store.
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.