Star Trek: Boldly Go #1
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Mike Johnson
The art of Star Trek: Boldly Go #1 by Tony Shasteen was good, consistent work. The layouts were decent and the background was drawn well. There was even a good amount of flow and pace to the artwork. Comics are just as much a visual storytelling tool as they are a literary one. Tony Shasteen does a good job of storytelling.
I did struggle with identifying the characters in Star Trek: Boldly Go #1 however. While Shasteen’s portrayals of the characters were consistent they do not look much like their live-action counterparts. If not for the dialogue identifying the characters would have been impossible in a few cases. This happens from time to time. But the story of Star Trek: Boldly Go #1 relies so heavily on the reader recognizing the characters. There is one sequence where a man is teaching Starfleet cadets about ship safety. The dialogue suggests the character was a crew member on the Enterprise. But I honestly have no idea who that man is and they don’t say his name.
The story of Star Trek: Boldly Go #1 by Mike Johnson was great. The story has a nice set up. Mike Johnson gives the reader just enough about each of the characters to tease the reader. Just a little taste of their separate lives. Johnson does this in a very fluent way. He easily slips from one crew member to the next. It doesn’t feel choppy and the reader doesn’t get an overload of different story threads. This shows Johnson’s skill level ass this is not easy to do. The story itself is just like watching the big screen or a really good episode of the television series. It’s that good. The multiple-thread-style is excellently paced. The dialogue is very characteristic. It all works perfect. And, the ending’s a killer! I can’t wait for issue #2.
Following the epic events of Star Trek: Beyond, Star Trek: Boldly Go #1 finds the crew of the Enterprise all leading separate lives. Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy have taken a one-year survey mission aboard the USS Endeavour. While Kirk is captain, Dr. McCoy had to take a demotion to go on this trip. He is now second guessing this plan. Spock and Nyota have taken a sabbatical on New Vulcan and are in no hurry to return. Lt. Sulu, now First-Officer Sulu is aboard the USS Concord under Captain Terrell. Sulu and Terrell come across an enemy that scares them to death. They send out a distress signal but the only ship close enough to respond is the USS Endeavour. A ship not intended for rescue missions.
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