Sirk TV Comic Review: IDW Small/Limited Issues #4 [IDW]
These batch of issues focuses in a central theme of how perception impair judgement but also how actions one cannot see defines the trajectory of certain stories.
Star Trek: The Q Conflict #4 Unlike the previous issue which was played in more of a standard straight-on battle, the idea here is about approach and consequence. Q, in trying to provoke as many people as possible takes aim at another opponent in the prophets that inhabit the wormhole near Deep Space Nine. Each of the ships take a different approach depending which DS9 crew member is on board. What is the most telling is when Kirk and his Enterprise actually enter the wormhole and the people he sees are in the form of Edith from “Shore Leave” and Gary Lockwood from “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. It is an interesting personal inflection as on that Worf makes in real life with Commander Dax. The story becomes about how you see the world versus those that define you.
Star Trek TNG: Terra Incognita #6 Unlike the previous issue in this series which had more of a stand alone episodic structure to it, this one is more fueled by the overall storyline of the mirror universe Picard looking to steal more technology. The art also is not as dynamic as the previous issue with more skewed lines and color palette which makes the characters seem more blocky. the texture of the characters’ motivation also are not as crisp.
Star Wars Adventures #21 This issue has Han, Luke & Chewie, likely between “Hope” and “Empire”, doing a supply run or Leia on an outer world. Han has a price on his head but seems more reckless than in “Hope”. The more brazen qualities apparent in “Solo” seem to come through which is almost refreshing since Chewie knows he is capable of it. Luke does have to finagle behind the scenes so ultimately there is not any true effect on canon. Another Wild Tales bookends this issue with the story of a small creature named Kabe in Mos Eisley who is able to accomplish a small mission in terms of infiltration versus something that a small army could not. It shows the thematic structure of simple solutions.
Star Trek: Waypoint Special 2019 The stories within this issue traverse the entire structure of the Star Trek Universe in different ways, two from notions of communication perspective and the other two from approaching the essence of relationships from logical versus emotional perspectives. On the communication side, Tasha Yar and Dr. Crusher head to a ship where everyone has disappeared but no one remembers them actually being there. The essence of different realities using technology plays upon this idea as does a voyage when Janeway isan earlier ship with Tuvok as a Lt. The planet they are visiting is shifting through different dimensions. The other side of the coin functions in a TOS tale first. It follows the fact that McCoy falls in love per se with a Vulcan female scientist and he can’t get through to her. Spock’s advice: “Don’t even try” which is said without emotion. The flip story involves Worf post DS9 and TNG running away from his feelings when he was still in love with the alien Dax who changed bodies on him. All the stories create an inherent bridge between the crews and universes more than some of the other crossovers.
By Tim Wassberg
Posted on April 26, 2019, in Other Reviews and tagged cable television, college television, comics, IDW, review, Sirk TV, star trek, Star Trek TNG, Star Trek: Waypoint, Star Wars Adventures, Terra Incognita, The Q Conflict, tim wassberg, tv colleges. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.