Review: Star Trek #59

(IDW 2016)

Writer: Mike Johnson

Art: Tony Shasteen

Colors: David Mastrolonardo

Letters: Andworld Design

Regular Cover: Tony Shasteen

The celebration of Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary continues in  Star Trek #59, with a brand new storyline that sends the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise into the furthest regions of unexplored space. As the excitement builds for the release of  the new blockbusting movie, Star Trek Beyond, the comic book adventures of Captain Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the crew of the Enterprise continues to boldly go where no man has gone before in IDW Publishing’s outstanding Star Trek comic series.

Star Trek #59 takes the series beyond the final frontier as writer Mike Johnson delivers possible his best storyline so far. Connection Part 1 is a beautifully crafted issue that fuses the classic Star Trek series and characters with their alternate timeline counterparts from the new Star Trek movie franchise. The results are sublime to say the least, as the Captain Kirk’s from both time periods / dimensions awaken in places that seem oddly familiar, yet bizarrely different, and it quickly becomes apparent something very strange is going on.

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 8.43.07 PMYes, Star Trek goes all Freaky Friday on us in this stellar issue! Mike Johnson’s intricately structured tale is quite unlike anything we’ve seen before, in which the characters we all know and love find themselves living out each other lives when an unusual space anomaly begins to affect the crew of both Enterprise’s from different time streams. This issue is an utterly sublime fusion of the old and the new, as familiar Star Trek characters find themselves swapping lives, times, and even faces with their alternate selves. The characterization is absolutely bang on the money: the way the Kirk’s each Enterprise find themselves on a different Bridge is a great scene setter, the moments between both versions of Spock and Uhura are another highlight, and Scotty’s sudden switch-over in engineering is hilarious. Indeed, it is the characters perceptions of the respective timelines which they have been individually experiencing, and the way they relay them, that make this issue feel so special and nostalgic.

Tony Shasteen’s artwork on Star Trek #59 is little short of incredible. The classic versions of the original Star Trek characters and the Star Trek new movie reimagining of the characters are all brilliantly realized.  The shifting between the strange “visions” both crews from each era initially believe they are experiencing are handled perfectly. There are some lovely deep space scenes featuring the both versions of the Enterprise as well, Shasteen’s original Enterprise is particularly beautiful, and the detail on both Bridges’ is stunning. The colors by David Mastrolonardo also make the contrast between the eras all the more striking, with cool tones prevalent throughout the new movie time-period, whilst the retro look of the classic series is a absolute joy to behold.

This issue builds to a thoughtful and dimension spanning cliff-hanger, when contact is finally restored to the probes sent to investigate the space anomaly, with some rather surprising results. Star Trek #59 is another fantastic issue from Mike Johnson and Tony Shasteen, the blend between the new and classic Star Trek eras is ingeniously done, and the result is one of the most enjoyable Star Trek comics from IDW that I’ve ever read.

PaulBowler-ProfilePic1Paul Bowler is a self-Confessed Sci-Fi Geek, Doctor Who fan, and Zombie Disposal Expert. He likes movies, comic books, and all things PS3. He likes to write about his interests, would love to write a novel one day, and also enjoys chatting to the many people he has gotten to know on Twitter. When he’s not busy being an Impossible Astronaut, he likes to take a break from his adventures in time and space to enjoy some of his favourite tv shows and movies, preferably with a nice cuppa tea & a sandwich! You can follow him on Twitter @paul_bowler, or find him at his website, Sci-Fi Jubilee.

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