Review – Star Trek #46 (IDW Publishing)


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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Rachael Stott
Release Date: June 17 2015

Three days late and several dollars short, here is a review for Star Trek #46 being written from the same car where I finally got a chance to read said comic (don’t worry, I’m not driving).

The biggest departure for this issue is the change in artist, with Rachael Stott stepping up to the plate while Tony Shasteen either takes a well-deserved rest or gears up for the upcoming Green Lantern crossover mini-series. From the first panel Stott shows that her art is sharp and perfectly suited to the aesthetic of the flashiest Enterprise yet seen. One page initially had me confused as to how the saucer section could be at such an angle from the main body of the ship, but this instead turned into a nice surprise when I noticed that the snap out of warp had sent the ship careening into space. Anyone who knows me will know that nothing gets me [vulgarities removed by a worried editor] than seeing the Enterprise rocked by danger. Stott’s facial work is also completely spot on, and coupled with Davide Mastrolonardo’s fantastically bright colouration this issue is a real visual treat.

Johnson continues to steer the good ship Star Trek Comics with a steady hand, writing a tense situation for the crew of the Enterprise, including confrontations that call into question the young James T. Kirk’s ability to command. Doctor McCoy’s reaction to this month’s predicament is also an issue highlight, with a seemingly rash decision being later explained in the sort of rational and deeply caring manner that only Bones could express. Finally, as the issue ramps up the scenario, key members of the Enterprise crew begin to act entirely in their own interests, resulting in fantastic character moments between friends, crew members and subordinates who are all acting out of sorts. It stands to Johnson’s credit that this comic is so exciting long before the baddies even show up.

Rating: 5/5

ASavThe Writer of this piece was: Andrew Stevens
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