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Review – Star Trek: Manifest Destiny TP (IDW Publishing)

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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writers: Mike Johnson & Ryan Parrott
Artist: Angel Hernandez
Release Date: 22nd June, 2016


As I started to write this review the sad news broke that Anton Yelchin had died in a freak car accident, and I don’t feel that I could continue without acknowledging this tragic event.

Anton Yelchin was an actor who was growing in both ability and reputation, and his portrayal of Pavel Chekov in the re-booted Star Trek franchise was on-the-money perfect. He brought this beloved character to life with the same comedic and dramatic presence that Walter Koenig did in the original series, which I’m sure you’ll agree was a tough act to follow.

It is easy to think of him as Chekov and mourn the loss of this character in terms of the sci-fi community, but today a family have lost a son, a crew has lost a friend and we as fans have lost an inspiring actor.

Anton Yelchin 1989-2016

It’s the 50th anniversary of one of the most successful sci-fi franchises in history, and what better way to celebrate than to pit the wit of Starfleet against that of its arch nemesis, The Klingon Empire?

Star Trek: Manifest Destiny picks up after the second movie with the crew at the start of their 5 year mission to find strange new worlds etc. etc. Whereupon they encounter the Klingon Empire in its most ferocious and bloodthirsty form, forcing Kirk to defend his crew and ship in the direst of circumstances. Remember, this isn’t the confident, experienced Kirk we grew up with. This is a far less experienced Captain. One of the best things of this rebooted universe is that we get to see Kirk grow, as well as witnessing the development of the tensions between the Klingons and Starfleet.

Johnson and Parrott have written the characters as if they have leapt directly from the screen. The relationships and dialogue between them is strong and conversational, almost like a Kevin Smith script. (this is a compliment btw, I’m a huge fan of Kevin Smith’s writing style) and while reading the text I could almost hear their voices in my head.

Star Trek has always worked best when it explores the relationships of the crew and the writing duo of Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott know this all too well, having helmed the comicbook adaptation of the film. The artwork is excellent; Angel Hernandez keeps in touch with the visual aspect of the new movies, making the background almost a character in itself, and his visualisation of the characters reinforces this connection to the films.

All in all this is a very good book and is by far the best Star Trek story I have read in a long time. I sincerely hope that IDW keep pushing this team beyond the final frontier! (I know its cheesy but I had to!)

Rating: 5/5


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The writer of this piece was: John Patterson
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