Villordsutch reviews Star Trek #60…
A Five Year Mission = five years of STAR TREK comics! Celebrate the end of the latest chapter in the Enterprise’s epic adventures with this all-new story that brings Captains and crews from two different timelines together!
After last month’s mind-swapping Original and NuTrek crossover opening issue of Connection, we left both crews in a state of confusion as the probes they dispatched to study the anomaly in front of both Enterprises have now finally returned – however they weren’t the probes either ship was expecting to return.
With the original crew looking quite befuddled at the NuTrek’s slimline model of a probe and the NuTrek crew taken back by the rather “early model” look to the Original Ship’s probe, both Scotty and Spock suddenly trade minds – once again – with their counterparts on the other vessel. With both Kirk’s realising they can no longer waste the resources of either Spock or Scotty, no matter what ship they come from, they make haste to their respective Bridges. It’s here that Uhura and Chekov believe they have made an important discovery about the anomaly binding the two crews together. It may be alive!
I wasn’t the biggest flag waver for the opening of Star Trek: Connection from Mike Johnson but I enjoyed Part 2 that bit more, as it all seemed to gel a lot better. Kirk was a Captain and he led, Bones was a Doctor who showed both concern along authority, and the rest of the crew showed what they also can do in a crisis. In a mere thirty-one pages Mike has brought to the comic two working crews of the Enterprise. Along with this Tony Shasteen’s art is back up on form again, he captures the look of the Original crew extremely well, though I did feel sorry for him when I thought on the notes he would be reading, “Now draw Original Scotty next to NuSpock, but put Spock Prime on the NuEnterprise Bridge next to Original Kirk, then…”.
Star Trek: Connection Part 2 closes off this short story rather nicely – it’s not grand nor game changing, but it is an enjoyable Star Trek comic.