Friday, June 23, 2023

Book Review: Star Trek vol. 1 Godshock

Stardate 2378: A bold new era of Star Trek begins! Three years ago, Benjamin Sisko made a courageous sacrifice that left him trapped in the dimension of the mysterious Prophets; now he's returned to his home universe—with powerful, godlike abilities. But his omnipotence is failing when he needs it most. Someone is killing the gods, and Sisko and the motley crew of the U.S.S. Theseus will have to travel to the deepest parts of space to stop them.

Star Trek: Year Five lead writers Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly and artists Ramon Rosanas, Oleg Chudakov, Joe Eisma, and Erik Tamayo present a new ship, a new mission, and a lot of old friends! Sisko is joined by Commanders Data and Worf, and Dr. Beverly Crusher, of Star Trek: The Next Generation; Lt. Tom Paris, of Star Trek: Voyager; Captain Montgomery Scott, of Star Trek; and Ben's son, Jake. But there are new faces as well, to surprise established fans while showing new readers the ropes. Collects the prequel short story "A Perfect System" from Star Trek #400 and issues #1–6 of the ongoing series.

Star Trek vol. 1: Godshock will be published July 25, 2023. IDW Publishing provided an early galley for review.

I go a long way back with Star Trek, from watching reruns of the original series as a kid in syndication and picking up Gold Key comics of Kirk and his crew. I am happy to own the 2008 DVD-ROM release from GIT Corp that collected in digital form all the Trek comics from 1967 through 2002. So, my history with Trek comics is also a long one.

The key to a good Trek comic is the artwork, specifically with how the iconic characters from the live-action programs are rendered. If the cast is made up of known characters, as this one very much is, then this is a must. The art team here steps up to the plate and hits it solidly almost every time.

The other key is the story. It needs to be a solid sci-fi tale with layered messaging that can apply to our own world. And with a franchise such as this, it also has to borrow from and build upon the rich tapestry of what has come before. Godshock does that as well.

This crew has an interesting dynamic that I look forward to reading more of in the future.

1 comment:

ApacheDug said...

Great review, I read this twice in a row! Its been a long time since I've read any Star Trek in this format but you definitely have me excited for this one. :^)