IDW’s bold Star Trek anthology series Waypoint debuts with Original Series and Next Generation tales.
Star Trek Waypoint #1 is available for $4.99 from IDW
“This is the 50th anniversary and I wanted to do something really special.”
Ambitious in its scope, IDW Star Trek comic editor Sarah Gaydos’ dream has finally been realized in the release of Star Trek: Waypoint #1. The six-part bi-monthly anthology series will feature two stories from one of the five televisions shows in each issue, with this week’s #1 focusing on The Original Series and The Next Generation.
The series’ goal is to act as a waypoint, a stopping place, along Star Trek’s 50-year journey allowing Star Trek fans to “reflect on what’s come before, and look ahead to the next 50-years of Trek”.
“Waypoint for me, was a way to answer all the fans who keep coming up and begging for a Voyager ongoing or an Enterprise ongoing,” Gaydos explained. “There’s just not enough resources for us to be able to do that.”
Story 1: “Puzzles”
Intimate in its approach, both stories for Star Trek: Waypoint #1 focus on a few characters rather than the crew of an entire series. First up is a TNG tale, “Puzzles”, written by Donny Cates, drawn by Mack Chater, and colored by Jason Lewis and Dee Cunniffe. The focus of the issue might remind readers of the classic TNG episode, “A Fistful of Datas”, as everyone’s favorite android populates every position on the bridge sans the captain’s chair.
In “Puzzles”, Geordi LaForge is now captain of the Enterprise, and he has been tasked to investigate a new mystery.
The story focuses on Geordi and Data and explores their friendship, as well as their roles on the Enterprise. Cates captures the interactions between Data and LaForge well, although the former does come off a little more wooden, which might be due to the medium and not the writer. Chater does solid work with his likenesses, and the unique style gives the story a little edginess and sense of urgency. The real stars of the issue however are Lewis and Cunniffe, who do an extraordinary job on colors, especially in closeup moments with Data facing a monitor as well as when the Enterprise encounters its mystery.
Story 2: “Daylily”
The second story in Issue #1, “Daylily”, is written and illustrated by Sandra Lanz and features Uhura from The Original Series. Its story might remind some of the TNG episode, “Darmok”, in which Picard and an alien captain are trapped on a planet. Without a way to communicate, the two must try to work together to survive. While “Daylily” is not exactly the same (thank goodness), it does give Uhura a moment to shine as a transporter accident leaves her isolated on a landing party mission.
As she holds position until the Enterprise can bring her back up, she encounters a life form indigenous to the planet. It is a nice small scale story in which Uhura shows us why she is such a strong character and member of the bridge crew. Lanz’s likeness and storytelling are strong, which focuses solely on the Enterprise’s communications officer.
“Interesting” and “enjoyable” are the best two adjectives to describe Star Trek: Waypoint’s debut. Its intimate tales allow readers to focus on a specific character/s, which adds a bit more understanding to each individual involved. This is a must-read for all Star Trek fans, as the comic anthology is allowing creators to explore themes that a television episode could never feature with these crew members.