Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Broken #3
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Written by: Scott and David Tipton
Art by J.K. Woodward, colors by Charlie Kirchoff
Space… The final frontier. These are the voyages of the I.S.S. Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to conquer strange new worlds, to enslave new life and new civilizations… To boldly go where no one has gone before!
We’ve made it to the halfway point of the TNG Mirror Universe saga. When we last left things, Picard and Riker had beaten the pulp out of each other like Iron Man vs. Captain America – except with a much happier ending. After a stalemate, Picard was able to convince Riker to join in his coup of the Enterprise-D.
We begin in the shuttlebay, where Edward Jellico is being sworn in as Captain of the I.S.S. Enterprise, in a scene that “mirrors” Picard’s in “All Good Things.” It’s clear from the start that Jellico is a perfect fit here – his temperament is just as we saw in “Chain of Command” and, on cue, he goes off on Riker. Jellico has zero tolerance, even throwing an officer in the agony booth because his tunic wasn’t properly pressed. This version of Jellico is not messing around.
In Sickbay, Jellico is introduced to his new Chief Medical Officer, the best doctor in the fleet and one he has hand picked to treat all of the casualties he’s expecting during their mission. She agreed to this assignment on the condition that she could bring her son, Wesley, along. As fantastic as Woodward’s art is in this issue, the one thing I don’t get is why Wesley looks nothing like Wil Wheaton and, instead, looks like Seth Green. I’m curious if that was intentional or not.
We follow Jellico to the bridge – which curiously looks just like the one in the Prime universe.
With this being a state of the art warship designed to battle the Klingons and Cardassians, I was expecting something similar to the bridge from “Yesterday’s Enterprise.” By contrast, the outside of the ship looks exactly like the Admiral Riker-led Enterprise-D from “All Good Things,” complete with the phaser cannon located on the underside of the saucer section and a third nacelle. I do wonder, though – what happened to Enterprises A – C to get us to D? Maybe that’s a whole other story to explore or perhaps they will address it later.
If last issue was all about Picard’s jacked physique, this one is all about Jellico’s lack of one. In a startling maneuver, the Captain removes his outer jacket, revealing his shockingly scrawny arms. Not only that, but Woodward highlights his horrible posture, revealing him to look insecure and consequently, weak. It’s a subtle move that pays off brilliantly once Picard and his band of mutineers beam aboard the ship.
This was my favorite issue of the series so far. My only criticism is that I wish we would’ve gotten to the Enterprise sooner. But now that we’re there, it’s full speed ahead. The ending is satisfyingly perfect and sets up what’s sure to be an exciting second half of the series.
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