Taking a page from Doctor Who‘s book, IDW Publishing’s Star Trek #59 is dishing up a two-part ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff. Billed as a “two-part series finale,” Star Trek #59 features time travel! TrekMovie.com says, “Connection, part one of two, opens with the rarely used but clever split page story, in which two characters are experiencing moments at the same exact time. However, the character this time is only Captain Kirk, and that is where the fun truly begins.”
Star Trek: The Original Series premiered September 8, 1966, starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan, Eddie Paskey, George Takei, Walter Koenig, and Majel Barret. In addition to all the sequel series and newer films, it also spawned the first six Star Trek feature films, released between 1979 and 1991. IDW’s Star Trek #59 features characters from Star Trek: The Original Series. Check out the cover art, below.
Don’t miss Part 1 of the 2-part SERIES FINALE! It’s the penultimate chapter in the latest Five Year Mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise, as Captain Kirk and the crew encounter… themselves? Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of STAR TREK with this all-new story that brings two timelines together!
Here is more from TrekMovie.com
Both Enterprise NCC-1701 encounter a phenomenon in space. Of course, Starfleet’s mission charter is one of exploration, and although probes are sent and crewmembers experience strange occurrences in both timelines, it is the mystery of the unknown that keeps them at their present course.
As noted before in other reviews of Shasteen’s art and storytelling, the artist expertly captures the likenesses of both crews, which is essential for any successful comic book story on a license property. Shasteen also takes full advantage of splitting the narrative on the page and two-page spreads to allow readers to compare the impact of similar events on both ships.
Two-issue stories do not give a lot of time for nuanced or character-driven storytelling, however Johnson does not really need to accomplish either in a story like this, which sets up the mystery and engages readers to find out what happens next month.
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