Review: Star Trek Boldly Go #14
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Written by: Mike Johnson
Art by Megan Levens with colors by Marissa Louise & Triona Farrell
This is the second issue in the “I.D.I.C.” mini-series exploring the Star Trek multiverse, this time with the return of Captain Jane T. Kirk and an introduction to some non Soong-type androids. If you’ve been following the Kelvin timeline comics, you may remember Jane Kirk and crew from 2014’s “Parallel Lives” two parter, also written by Mike Johnson. It’s not required reading for this issue, but it helps fill in the gaps as to how the two doppleganger crews first met. In a way, I.D.I.C. is looking more and more like a sequel to “Parallel Lives”. I’ll preface this review by saying that this is a really fun issue, but keeping track of who’s who can be challenging, so I’ll try to break it down as best as I can.
After Jane and crew’s triumphant return last issue, Johnson gives us the Cliff’s Notes of her origin story. She, like Jim, was raised by a single parent after Nero destroyed the Kelvin, but instead of Winona and “Uncle” Frank, she was raised by a loving, inspirational George Kirk, who taught her that “anything is possible,” including becoming the youngest captain of the starship Enterprise. Parts of her backstory, including her middle name, Tiberia, were revealed in “Parallel Lives”, but it’s curious that even though Johnson is telling us that this is the same crew that we met back in 2014, this Jane Kirk’s middle name is Tiberius.
After one page of Jane’s backstory, we’re thrusted back into the action of the present – a section of space reminiscent of the TNG episode “Parallels,” – with hundreds (or even thousands) of Enterprises (and one Endeavour) converging together. The Orphan (the one-eyed Klingon-raised Kirk), as we’ve come to know him, is obsessed with pursuing hothead Starfleet officer Simon Grayson, who rejected his Vulcan heritage (and even surgically altered his ears to make him look human).
Just as Klingon-Kirk is about to fire on Pike’s Enterprise, they are stopped by yet another Enterprise from another universe. They are (stay with me) an entire race of androids, each with a unique designation representing the Enterprise crew – i.e. Commanding unit JTK-1701 and Sulu-1701.
After what’s described in technobabble as a “chronotronic event,” parts of the crews are mixed and separated into two groups, landing onto two separate planets. One group comprised of Jane, our Bones, Uhura-1701 and a parallel Spock lands on what appears to be Vulcan in a universe where Nero destroyed Earth instead of Vulcan. Still with me? The other group consisting of our Kirk, Sulu-1701, Grayson, and Pavela Chekov land on what appears to be a parallel Earth-complete with a (somewhat) familiar leader.
Overall, it’s another strong outing – I especially love Megan Levens’ take on the female doppelgangers. I just hope they are careful when adding even more characters from other parallel universes. It’s already starting to get a little crowded. That said, I’m enjoying the story so far and look forward to the next issue.
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Star Trek Boldly Go #14 was released Wednesday, November 29th. 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. The second collection (issues 7-12) is due January 9th, and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.
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