Villordsutch reviews Star Trek #59…
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!
Old Trek and NuTrek combined, if I were a different person altogether, perhaps young and easily excitable I’d have used the word, “Squee!” at this moment. However I’m not young and I’ve been told on numerous occasions I can be rather grumpy! So you’ll just have to accept it from me, that this idea to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek (by the Gods I still have 25th Anniversary merchandise upstairs) has made me rather pleased with its concept and I’m looking forward to reading what Mike Johnson has delivere.
As both NuKirk and KirkPrime awaken from a dream it rapidly becomes apparent that something isn’t overly right with both Captains, as neither seem to be aware of their surroundings. Both are positive that they are on the Enterprise; however both are also positive that this isn’t their Enterprise. With Spocks – in both realities – calling Dr. McCoys to the Bridges, our Captains are rather unceremoniously removed from duty.
It’s here in the Sick Bays we discover that the Enterprises have both entered an area of space where space and time is fluctuating. With probes sent out to investigate, both crews soon begin to swap realities, not bodies but just minds, and this becomes both disorientating as well as embarrassing for certain courting couples.
Well this issue is an odd one. If it was a television episode it would clearly fall into the stand-alone “pigeon-hole”, though Mike Johnson is entertaining us with the crossing of two generations of Star Trek. I can’t help feeling that we’re missing out on something bigger, as using the classic crew on what is going to be a two-issue run – with our concluding part next month – is slightly disheartening. Though this is, as said, entertaining and there are some nice nods with new NuKirk mentioning Q and Kirk Prime mentioning Trelane; that and with some awkward moments between our Vulcan and our Communications Officer.
Another slight negative I have with this issue concerns Tony Shasteen’s art this month – a fair few of the characters seem to suffer from the face morphing that occasionally strikes his work, which is a shame as when his work is done right it really is perfect.
Star Trek: Connection Part 1 is an enjoyable comic to have, though after the past few issues of Legacy of Spock and Manifest Destiny it does feel rather light. However, I guess we should give Mike Johnson time to breath.