Review: Star Trek issue 51 ~ What'cha Reading?

Review: Star Trek issue 51

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Image via IDW. Cover by Tony Shasteen.

I’ve long been a fan of the Star Trek universe and yes, I’m a trekker, not a trekkie.  I know my stuff.  IDW has published an astounding 50+ issues of comic books set in the J.J. Abrams revamped canon and they have only gotten better with each issue.  If you like Star Trek or you just enjoy fun, science-fiction/adventure stories with great art, then IDW’s Star Trek is the series for you.  Issue 50 began a new three part story arc entitled “Live Evil” in which the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are temporarily trapped in the Mirror Universe.  It helps if you’ve been reading the series, especially the past story arc from some time ago titled “Mirror Mirror.”  If you’ve seen the original episode, that’ll help too.  Issue 51 released this month and it’s a comic you’ll want to read if you’re not already doing so.

What makes IDW’s Star Trek such a consistently fun title to read is the art.  Tony Shasteen magnificently captures the look of Star Trek and gives us near perfect representations of the cast such as Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan Noonien Singh.  Star Trek also showcases some of the best coloring work we’ve seen in the comic book format and that credit is given to Davide Mastrolonardo.  Star Trek maintains the alien worlds, landscapes, and ships we’re so familiar with and never feels like a cheap tie-in.

Star Trek issue 51, “Live Evil” part two delivers on the issue 50 conclusion with Captain Kirk, Uhura, and Bones meeting Khan.  It was an exciting finish to see the Benedict Cumberbatch version of Khan appear and Johnson has smartly found a way to use the Mirror Universe as a means to give us shades of the classic Khan (Ricardo Montalban).  The Mirror Universe sees Khan reintroduced as Singh and Shasteen depicts him in a way that fans will recognize from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  Khan isn’t the only easter egg placed within the Star Trek issue 51 script.  We also get Harcourt “Harry” Fenton Mudd, the Botany Bay, and a reference to “a Romulan terrorist.”  (Hint: It’s Nero (Erica Bana) from Star Trek 2009.

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“Live Evil” part two of three has an authentic voice that fits in well with the pre-established understanding of who all these characters are.  The dialogue feels true to what the Pine Kirk and Quinto Spock would say.  The biggest highlight of issue 51 is getting to see Spock and Mirror Universe Spock interact with one another.  The big surprise in this issue, much like the revelation of Khan at the end of issue 50, is *SPOILER ALERT* Spock’s mother may still be alive, in the mirror universe of course.  Does this mean we may be getting a Tony Shasteen interpretation of Winona Ryder’s Amanda Grayson in issue 52?  We’ll find out soon enough.

There’s a lot of love for the Star Trek series by IDW.  It’s a comic book clearly written by a fan, Mike Johnson, for the fans.  Every issue is highly impressive, especially as we already have 51 issues under the title.

The Mirror Universe epic continues here as the evil counterparts of the Enterprise crew gain the upper hand! Captain Kirk finds himself allied with the mysterious man known only as Singh, while Spock comes face to face with his deceased mother… now alive and well in the Mirror Universe! Don’t miss this all-new original STAR TREK adventure!

Star Trek issue 51 is out now and gets five stars.  To find your local comic shop, click here.

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Mild mannered reporter, Steven Biscotti, has an avid interest in all things comic books, movies, and music (especially pertaining to Coldplay.) Always ready, professional, and on the scene, those closest to him may suspect he's actually from another planet. @ReggieMantleIII

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