Guestwriter: John Enfield
This article made possible by the gift of a review copy.
It’s almost hard to believe that it’s already been thirty one years since ‘Star Trek’ made its triumphant return to TV, blowing my fourteen-year old mind with a movie quality production that was lightyears above the original series, superb acting and fascinating stories. The crew of the Enterprise-D has also been exploring both inner and outer space in the pages of comic books for about 30 years. This latest series from IDW looks like it may continue the legacy quite well.
Fans of the show will be thrilled to see that Tony Shasteen and J.D. Mettler have chosen a photo realistic style that captures the look of the series with great detail. Especially impressive is the way in which the characters are drawn so that nuances of their actors’ performances are rendered almost perfectly. This is particularly true in this story in the case of Mr. Barclay. They managed to capture not only Dwight Shultz’s likeness, but the ways in which he made the character so interesting, funny and sometimes touching. It’s got everything the show had except the sound track.
Not that this comic book is the perfect one for everyone. If you are looking for a story that takes you where Star Trek has never gone before, this isn’t it. The Tiptons have rather created an expansion, a more in-depth look at one of the franchise’s recurring stories: the alternate or mirror universe. We’ve seen our intrepid crew face darker, more twisted versions of themselves before on the TV shows. This story explores what might happen if a doppelganger decided not to flee back to his home dimension with his tail tucked between his legs, but rather stayed to try to permanently replace a member of the crew. Will Barclay’s Mirror Universe ‘evil twin’ succeed, or will the rarely brave ‘real’ Barclay stop him? If he does win out in the end, will he change to become more like his evil twin in the process? Stay tuned, fellow Trekkers!