Villordsutch reviews Star Trek: Boldly Go #10…
Scotty returns to the Yorktown base to check in on construction of the new Enterprise… only to find that building the flagship comes with unexpected perils!
In this month’s issue of Star Trek: Boldly Go, we take a step back to the intruders who managed to infiltrate the Enterprise at the beginning of Star Trek Beyond. We’re not talking about the vicious ragtag army led by Krall! Oh no! This is the race that instantly saw Kirk for the spy that he was – the Teenaxi. In Issue #10 the Teenaxi in question is called Kevin and he’s now deeply embedded within the Yorktown.
Our story follows the once irate Teenaxi citizen – whose original name is unpronounceable though the closest in translation appears to be Kevin – who now finds himself integrating rather well within the ‘family’ movement of the Federation.
Finding friends amongst Officers and Cadets as well as those who wish to be part of the Federation as a whole, Kevin’s life has become far more enriched since departing the planet Teenax. However, it soon it becomes once more difficult when Steven and the other Teenaxi representatives arrive to show the Federation how many chips they have on their shoulders.
As you can possibly pick up from the wee synopsis above, this issue’s tale isn’t one that will rock the Federation Books of Lore anytime soon. Mike Johnson has delivered an amusing story that happily wraps up a loose thread, that most of us – quite possibly – didn’t give two hoots about in the first place. Yet still it’s a pleasant read and watching this troubled little chap interact with this new world around him as it offers him possibilities and chances, no matter his stature or upbringing, shows Roddenberry’s Federation off rather well.
Tony Shasteen is on the art and he matches the look of Mike Johnson’s story perfectly, as does JD Mettler with his palette of colours. Both artists here have got the feel of this on the button, and I think I’d like to see Shasteen deliver some “Cadet” tales in the future, with Mettler delivering the colours also.
It goes without saying that when there’s a cover from George Caltsoudas (pictured above) I’m going to praise it. This chap is an artist whose Star Trek work I would frame if I had a piece, and his Scotty cover here is outstanding.
Star Trek: Boldly Go is a very enjoyable read this month; and inoffensive story that shan’t be shaking the rafters of Trek History – the Borg aren’t here, there’s no Q going toe-to-toe against the Prophets, it’s just a simple tale about Kevin the Teenaxi and Roddenberry’s Federation.