Review: Star Trek #40

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IDW Star Trek #40 The Q Gambit part 6 cover

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Story: Mike Johnson

Story Consultant: Roberto Orci

Art: Tony Shasteen

Colours: Davide Masterolonardo

Letters: Neil Uyetake

Editor: Sarah Gaydos

Cover: Tony Shasteen

Alt Cover: Photo

It’s the epic finale of “The Q Gambit”! The fate of the past, present and future are at stake as Kirk, Sisko and Spock face off with the mad Cardassian Dukat… and discover the secret behind Q’s machinations in their timeline! Don’t miss this climactic chapter in the STAR TREK event of 2014, produced in association with TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci!

IDW’s Star Trek usually follows the exploits of the re-booted JJ Abrams crew but in the six part Q Gambit they have really gone the extra mile to ensure Trek fans get maximum bang for their buck (or $3.99 in this case) crossing over with both Deep Space 9 and The Next Generation as Q and the crew of the Defiant Sisko, Obien and all team up with Kirk and Spock in order to do battle with a power crazed Gul Dukat as he seeks ascension with the help of a next dimensional being a Pah-Wraith.

Mike Johnson with the aid of Arbrams alumni Roberto Orci have really pulled out the stops to ensure a good time is had by all (even saving another fan favourite for a cameo in the books closing pages) and it is to their credit that the whole affair would sit quite comfortably alongside any of the fair offered up by the TV shows in both tone and quality.  It all barrels along at a breakneck pace and whilst the conclusion is a little straight forward (although could certainly lead to some fun in future Q related adventures) is perfectly enjoyable fare.

Shasteen’s art is serviceable enough albeit not spectacular but crafting such well known faces on the pages of comic books is a tricky endeavour and this is all done well enough even if nothing really leaps out of the page.

Closing out the escapades of 2014 in fine form Kirk and Spock remain in safe hands here.

Star Trek #40 The Q Gambit part six is available from Wednesday the 14th of January and be sure to check out our Previews Section for sneak peeks at all this weeks hot new releases.