Adrift in unexplored space, the Enterprise is far beyond the reach of Starfleet, but not IDW Publishing. The Five Year Mission continues this week with a new story arc. Spoiler review after the break.
Star Trek #43, March 2015
Written by Mike Johnson, art by Tony Shasteen, colors by Davide Mastrolonardo, letters by Neil Uyetake, story consultant Roberto Orci, edits by Sarah Gaydos
Eurydice, Part 1 of 3: Following their desperate escape from the Behemoth, the crew of the Enterprise finds themselves in dire straits; stranded in the Delta Quadrant, warp and impulse engines offline, and no dilithium crystals. Kirk doesn’t hide the truth from his crew, because he knows they will do their jobs, and plots a course for the nearest system, Jemison 575, over three hundred light years away. For two months, the crew performs admirably, then a large ship intercepts the Enterprise and it’s captain appears on the bridge as a hologram, introducing herself as Eurydice.
Chekov and Irina cooking up some dilithium.
A salvage expert, Eurydice is intrigued by the Starfleet vessel and irreverent to the crew. She offers to tow the Enterprise at warp to a location where dilithium is available. Given their circumstances, Kirk reluctantly agrees. Eurydice takes them in tow and makes a disturbing entry in her ship’s log.
After the action-packed conclusion of the Behemoth story arc in Star Trek #42, Mike Johnson lets us takes a deep breath and take stock of the situation. Rather than letting us drift like a ship with no dilithium, Johnson reminds us what Trek is all about, people committed to an ideal. By showing us the crew of the Enterprise through Kirk’s eyes, carrying on under difficult circumstances, we can truly understand the strength of those ideals. Pausing for a reflective moment like this could have easily been a disaster, but Johnson tells the story with style that’s much appreciated. When Eurydice appears on the bridge, the transition from reflection to mystery is smooth and seamless. I’m anxious to learn what happens next.
Tony Shasteen resumes art duties following a short break from the ongoing series. Shasteen’s work on The Q Gambit was outstanding and he has hit the ground running in issue #43. Many of the panels focus closely on crewmembers and the likenesses are very good. My only quibble is that McCoy occasionally looks as young as his younger crewmates. The alien Eurydice is drawn with feline elegance. It’s no surprise that she’s up to something. This issue is full of complex art effects that overlay the ship, the crew, and backgrounds. Shasteen’s clean line art and the colors by Davide Mastrolonardo make it all work. I’m very pleased with the look of this issue. Joe Corroney provides the cover art for the regular edition of Star Trek #43. Kirk, Spock, Dr. Marcus, phasers and communicators make for a striking cover. The subscription cover variant features a photo of Sulu. Not much to say about it except he looks like he’s ready to shred. So where does that leave us? A thoughtful introduction to a new story arc leading into an intersting mystery. Bring on issue #44!
IDW Publishing is finally getting caught up with their release schedule after unexpected shipping delays. Star Trek #43 will be at your local comic shop this Wednesday, March 11.
Hot on the heels of the ongoing series is Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #4 which is scheduled for release next week. The retailer incentive variant of issue #4 is already in some local comic shops, so some of you may have seen this installment of the Trek/Apes saga already.
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