IDW Publishing originally scheduled release of Star Trek #19 for next week, but Diamond Comic Distributors had other plans and everyone gets to learn a little about Montgomery Scott’s background this week. Spoilers and more ahead.
Star Trek #19
Written by Mike Johnson, story consultant Roberto Orci, art by Claudia Balboni, inks by Erica Durante, colors by Arianna Florean, color supervisor Claudia SGC, letters by Neil Uyetake, edited by Scott Dunbier
During a raging storm aboard HMS Enterprise in 1787, Mister Scott vows “If we go down today, we go down with sails full!” An exciting legacy for young Monty who’s been taught that engineering is in his blood. So why is fixing his grandfather’s old bagpipes so difficult? Young Monty learns another lesson during a clandestine visit to the nearby shipyard where his father works. Is he too smart for his own good? A few years later, his enthusiasm for destructive experimentation results in a rejected application to Starfleet Academy. Later, while working on a freighter, he assists a Starfleet ship in distress and finally makes his way to the Academy. An experiment with a homemade transporter and a beagle demonstrates once again that he might be too smart for his own good. At an icy cold backwater assignment, Monty’s buddy Keenser finally fixes those old bagpipes and Montgomery Scott worries that they might be related.
Where no little devil has gone before!
Continuing their look at the rest of the original series bridge crew, Mike Johnson and Roberto Orci tell us a little about Montgomery Scott’s family, childhood, and occasional misbehavior. In the original series, we never learned very much about Scott’s past. In fact, it’s mostly in comics and novels where Montgomery Scott has any kind of life before the Enterprise. I found this retrospective helpful, filling out a character that I didn’t really know very well. It’s difficult not to compare Scott’s story with those of McCoy and Uhura in the previous two issues of the ongoing series. McCoy’s story was uninformative. Uhura’s story was poignant and satisfying. And Scott’s story? Amusing, but I still don’t understand how he’s managed to avoid being thrown in the brig. Nevertheless, this is the first comic in the ongoing series that explains why Scott is the person he is. The writers and artists have done their job well.
I really enjoyed the artwork by Claudia Balboni and Erica Durante in this issue. In particular, young Monty Scott looks just like the older version we know from the film. They also do a fine, if somewhat unfortunate, beagle. Their colleagues, Arianna Florean and Claudia SGC, also do a good job coloring the events of Scott’s life, meshing well with the tone of the storytelling. All three covers for Star Trek #19 feature Montgomery Scott. On Tim Bradstreet’s art cover, Scott looks like he’s up to some mischief and on the retailer incentive photo cover, it looks like the mischief has blown up in his face. Very appropriate for this character.
Star Trek #19 was released Wednesday, March 27, in print and digital format. This issue will be collected in a trade paperback this summer, Star Trek, Volume 5, July 2013.
Preview of Star Trek #19
Also released this week
Star Trek: The Next Generation – Hive
Story by Brannon Braga, script by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, art by Joe Corroney, ink assists by Matt Fillbach and Shawn Fillbach, color by Hi-Fi, letters by Shawn Lee, edited by Scott Dunbier
In the distant future the entire galaxy has been completely assimilated by Borg and it’s king… Locutus! The only hope for the future lies in the past, in the hands of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise—as Picard faces off against the Borg collective in one final, terrifying, and definitive encounter!
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-566-0
In other news: Next Generation/Doctor Who artist raising funds
Artist J.K. Woodward and his family lost their home last November in Hurricane Sandy. He is selling signed and numbered 11×17 prints of his artwork at very reasonable prices to raise some funds for a new home. Three of the ten prints, displayed below, have a Star Trek/Doctor Who theme. You can order these prints and more from Woodward’s blog at http://jkwoodwardart.blogspot.com/2013/03/2-week-limited-print-run.html.
And one more tidbit about some forthcoming Star Trek comics
Later this year, IDW Limited, an imprint of IDW Publishing, is planning to release the first volume in what appears to be a series of deluxe limited edition hardcover books featuring Star Trek comics. For more information, here is the Spring 2013 launch schedule where you can also sign up for the IDW Limited newsletter. Apparently a second volume is already in the works. Artist Joe Corroney mentioned that he is working on some sketches for Star Trek Volume Two Deluxe Limited Edition in an interview at StarTrek.com. IDW Limited editions come in Red Label and Black Label varieties. Red Label editions have a print run of several hundred copies priced at $100 or $125, while the Black Label editions may be limited to as few as five or ten copies and come with original art drawn by artists like Corroney. Black Label editions are priced from $325 to $425.
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.