As we know, I.D.I.C is an acronym for “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations,” the basis of Vulcan philosophy – celebrating the vast array of variables in the universe. What IDW editor Sarah Gaydos is calling a “mega-event” will feature six of those infinite universes (one per issue), each with a different artist, who will “enhance the differences for each universe visited.” This isn’t the first time Star Trek has explored the multiverse – we’re all familiar with the Mirror Universe (which will be explored in this series), but who can forget poor Riker in the Borg-dominated universe from TNG’s “Parallels?” Speaking of multiverse veterans, the superb Star Trek Deviations artist Josh Hood brings a gritty attitude back to the series.
Star Trek Boldly Go #13
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Written by: Mike Johnson
Art by Josh Hood with colors by Jason Lewis
If anyone is new to “Boldly Go”, Mike Johnson will bring you up to speed: Kirk and Sulu are serving aboard the USS Endeavour, while Spock and Uhura are on New Vulcan. They, along with the rest of the Enterprise crew, await the completion of the Enterprise-A (it should be noted that this entire series takes place during the ship’s build as seen in Star Trek Beyond). Among the many things IDW gets right is the enormous amount of time it takes to build a starship.
This exposition is cleverly disguised as much welcomed character development wrapped in light banter between friends. It’s clear they miss each other and are anxiously awaiting the time they can be reunited on the bridge of the Enterprise again. But what if Spock and Uhura stay on New Vulcan and never return to their ship? How would their lives be different? In the multiverse, anything that could happen, will happen. Not only are there versions of Spock on both the Enterprise and Vulcan, there’s another version of Spock who was raised on Earth because Vulcans rejected his mother Amanda. This Spock has so much disdain for Vulcans that he surgically altered his ears to look more human. Imagine a Spock that is brash, insubordinate and full of emotion and you have: Commander Grayson. Hood delightfully captures this emotional wreck, also known as “Emo Spock.”
But Spock isn’t the biggest deviation from our universe. As reported at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, this version of Kirk was “raised by Klingons after he was captured as a baby following the destruction of the U.S.S. Kelvin.” This Kirk is an evil and ruthless murderer wreaking havoc on anyone he encounters. Much like how Grayson identifies himself as human, Kirk (while still technically human) is for all intents and purposes, a Klingon. He is fluent in their native tongue and even commands his own warship. Needless to say, he is no friend of the Federation and certainly not Captain Pike of the USS Enterprise.
The first issue ends on a dramatic cliffhanger, and brings with it a desperate anticipation for more. This is shaping up to be an epic event. I absolutely have no idea where it’s going to go from here and I love it. Multiverse stories are so fascinating because there is literally an infinite diversity in infinite combinations, so there’s no reason to be disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this issue and can’t wait for next month.
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Star Trek Boldly Go #13 was released today, October 25th, and it retails for $3.99. You can order it at TFAW with a discount.
And if you want to catch up, the trade paperback collection of Star Trek: Boldly Go (volume 1, collection of issues #1-#6) is available now. It retails for $19.99. You can order from Amazon for 32% off.
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