Star Trek: Voyager – Seven’s Reckoning Part 1 of 4
Written by Dave Baker
Art by Angel Hernandez
Colors by Ronda Pattison
Letters by Neil Uyetake
This week IDW Publishing launches its first-ever Star Trek: Voyager mini-series, just in time to celebrate this year’s 25th anniversary of Voyager. Seven’s Reckoning is set during the fourth season of Star Trek: Voyager, right between “Scientific Method” and “Year of Hell pt. 1.” We have a review plus a preview of the first five pages.
“You like being one of many. A member of an ensemble…but…you are a protagonist. Whether you want to be or not… you are.” – Greeb the Vesh to Seven of Nine
What must it have been like for Seven of Nine to transition from being an ensemble character while assimilated with the Borg to becoming an individual, a person with her own story, aboard the USS Voyager? While the TV show did a good job exploring that transition, this four-part limited comic book series from IDW promises to be a fascinating look at that period of time.
Set shortly after Seven’s liberation from the Collective, Dave Baker’s story begins with the USS Voyager making its long journey home to Earth from the Delta Quadrant and encountering a vessel broadcasting a distress call. But when Voyager answers the call, there seems to be no one alive on board. When Captain Janeway sends Tuvok over to investigate with an away team, she has him bring their newest shipmate along with them, hoping her Borg knowledge could help determine what species built the ship.
Of course, the ship is not empty, but is crewed by a fascinating race of aliens, the Ohrdi’nadar, who perceive all of life as an ongoing story in which some people are protagonists and others are supporting characters or even background extras. But what happens when Seven’s quest to discover her individuality spills over to encourage the alien “extras” to discover their own personhood?
This issue is a well-written setup for what looks to be an intriguing limited series. The story is not without its flaws: There is a completely unnecessary and annoying opening narration, some details of the alien culture are quite reminiscent of themes from Babylon 5, and at points it seemed like we were seeing a Season 7 version of Seven of Nine, rather than the Season 4 version. However, the characters have their well-established voices, the aliens are fascinating, the story is engrossing, and there is delightful and familiar banter among the Voyager crew.
The art by Angel Hernandez and Ronda Pattison is excellent, with strong likenesses of our well-loved characters in the context of a more impressionistic approach to line work. The ships are well-referenced, and the layouts are strong. If there’s a complaint to be had about the art, it’s that Hernandez’s broad details style means that in long shots of the characters, they become quite generic. The coloring in some Star Trek comics is so dark that it’s difficult to make out the details of ships and interiors, but that is not a problem here. Ronda Pattison’s palette does a good job of allowing characters and props to “pop” without darkening the backgrounds beyond recognition.
It remains to be seen how this story will develop over the next three issues, but this is a good start, and I look forward to seeing where it goes.
The 32-page comic Star Trek: Voyager – Seven’s Reckoning #1 will be released on Wednesday, November 18. You can pre-order it at TFAW for $3.19. You can also pre-order the digital version at Amazon ComiXology for $3.34.
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