This year, Star Trek will hit a significant milestone. It’s 50th Anniversary.
Over the decades, Star Trek has become a phenomenon and has gone through many different iterations. In 2009, JJ Abrams directed the reboot. I came out of the cinema HATING it. I was a fan of Next Generation and Voyager and the version I’d just seen was not Star Trek, it just wasn’t.. But then after it came out on blu-ray, I bought it and on my second viewing, I really loved it.I don’t know what happened in the months in between; I guess I’d decided that I was going to let go of my preconceived ideas about Star Trek and what I thought it should be and I open myself to a franchise that was evolving.
Which brings me to Star Trek Manifest Destiny #01.
I was immediately struck by the bright colour pallet, very reminiscent of the Original Series, it’s bright but at the same time gritty. The characters are drawn with the likeness of the cast in the Star Trek reboot, and I’m guessing that this story will also follow the same alternative timeline as the new films. As a young Kirk, Spock, McCoy etc. story, as you’d expect, the antagonists are The Klingons. They’ve invaded a planet and won, under the leadership of Commander Sho’Tokh who immediately declares himself as ruler; using fear to make sure the other Klingons fall in line.
A month later and The Enterprise, passing through the system detects Starfleet distress beacon and go to investigate…
The story is actually better than I expected, it starts with a bang and pulls you right in. I also enjoy the banter between the characters. This is actually the first Star Trek comic I’ve ever read, and I’ll be going back for issue #2. I especially enjoyed Dr. McCoy’s characterisation, and his sarcastic dialogue. Early Star Trek always felt a bit wooden and Abrams brought an energy which this comic does retain. However, I can’t imagine those who’d consider themselves purists being too happy with the characters being less Roddenbury as I assume they’d want.
Action in comics is a skill, it’s an art, but it’s also a skill. I’ve come across so wonderful nail-biting action sequences, which I can’t help but compare this too, and unfortunately, this falters in the area of action. The action is dialogue heavy and it would be skilled to be able to convey this without words.
The artwork is wonderful and seems very much geared towards a younger audience, it’s completely harmless with little sense of genuine thread; but with some tension to aid the plot. The art style itself diffuses any tension you’d find in comics aimed at a more mature audience.
Opinons, like mine, are subjective. But I’d tentatively recommend this to those who are fans of the Abram movies…
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.(Basically, if I think it’s shit, I’m going to say it’s shit)