Review: Star Trek Boldly Go #9
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Written by: Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott
Art by Tony Shasteen with colors by JD Mettler
This month marks the return of veteran Star Trek comics artist Tony Shasteen to the Kelvin-verse after a short sabbatical drawing the highly anticipated comic tie-in for Star Trek: Discovery.
After last month’s disappointing conclusion to the two-parter “Murder at Babel,” writers Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott have this series working again on all thrusters. Spock and Uhura are back on New Vulcan, each resuming their work on rebuilding the Vulcan Science Academy and teaching Earth history and culture, respectively.
What I love about this issue is that we pump the breaks on the action and get down to good old character-driven Star Trek. Sarek, having lost his wife, family, and home planet is adjusting to being a widower and single father in a strange new world. Whether it is illogical or not – it has to be lonely for him. So much so that he makes a seemingly offhanded comment about hoping Uhura enjoys this planet as her new home. The comment, obviously hinting at marriage, completely goes over Spock’s head and it falls to Uhura to explain it to him. What transpires next is the first of two (yes, two) of the most awkward, that’s-so-Vulcan marriage proposals of all time.
As Uhura contemplates her life on New Vulcan, Spock has discovered a new radioactive isotope that would make the planet self-sufficient, and therefore no longer under direct Federation oversight. It’s over 300 meters below the surface and would require an enormous drill just to get to it. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Let’s just say that Vulcans don’t have much luck with large drills of any kind. After we get a welcomed update on the construction of the new Enterprise-A, Uhura starts to experience visions from the planet’s indigenous species warning her about the drilling.
The IDW comics are at their best when they don’t have to rely on re-imagining a TOS episode (see the aforementioned “Murder at Babel”). Johnson and Parrott are free to tell their own story, and it just works. Tony Shasteen is at his best here. The exchange between Spock and Uhura as they discuss the possibility of “matrimony” is superb and at times you not only see the likenesses of Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto, but sense their performances as well. I loved this issue and highly recommend it.
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Star Trek Boldly Go #9 arrives in comic book stores on Wednesday, June 21st and retails for $3.99. You can also pre-order it at TFAW with a discount. You can also order the variant cover by Arianna Florean or the photo cover.
And if you want to catch up, the trade paperback collection of Star Trek: Boldly Go (volume 1, collection of issues #1-#6) will be released on July 25th for a retail price of $19.99. You can pre-order from Amazon for 33% off.
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