Review: Star Trek Manifest Destiny #1

ST_MD01-cover“There will always be those who mean to do us harm. To stop them, we risk awakening the same evil within ourselves. Our first instinct is to seek revenge when those we love are taken from us. But that’s not who we are… When Christopher Pike first gave me his ship, he had me recite the Captain’s Oath. Words I didn’t appreciate at the time. But now I see them as a call for us to remember who we once were and who we must be again. And those words: Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.” – Chris Pine (Capt. James T. Kirk) Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

Star Trek Manifest Destiny celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Star Trek franchise in 2016 with this all-new bi-weekly comics event beginning in April! It’s Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew vs. the Klingons in the ultimate showdown.

IDW Publsihing is at it again and this time they are going, where many comics have gone before with Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1 which is part of 4 comic books series. The series focuses on Captain James Tiberius Kirk and the crew from Star Trek the original series and the dreaded Kilingon. Now I have never been a fan of the Kingons, they are quite mundane and really one dimentional. They love war and love to conquer spices and planets and at this time are a relatively new threat to Starfleet. Their main montra is “To Live Is To Battle. To Battle Is To Survive. To Survive Is To Conquer. To Conquer Is To Be Klingon.” I always like the Romulan’s or the Ferengi, because they were smart and conning and much more of a threat to Star Fleet and to the U.S.S. Enterprise. The Klingons are like knats who won’t go away, but I digress.

The Writers of this Manifest Destiny series are Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott and I think they did a good job with it. I wish they could have been more descriptive with the planet or at least gave us a name of the species on the planet as well as the species on the Enterprise in the beginning of the book. What else bothered me about the book are the Klingons, and not because the Klingons are involved, but the killing of the children. The Klingons are savages and not refined at all, but honor is big among the Empire they don’t do anything that will bring them dishonor even within the worst of the warriors and commanders. So I thought it was a bit of a stretch and felt out of character. Overall I thought story line was good and it flowed very well. I think the writers need to do a little better research about the Klingons throughout the Star Trek franchise

The artwork done by Angel Hernandez was amazing, they were using the likeness of the Enterprise crew from the J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot and Angel did a great job in capturing the likeness of the crew as well as the Klingons. The Enterprise was drawn well as well as the Klingon warbird everything was drawn very well. The Coloring done by Esther Sanz was spot on a did well to set the tone. The scenes of the Enterprise were bright and colorful which it should as the Enterprise is Bright and colorful and during times of distress it was darker and especially on the Class M planet as well as when the Enterprise was red alert, the tone was just amazing.

While I wasn’t blow away by the first issue of the series I am looking forward to reading the others, hopefully it gets better from here. I think it’s a series that Trekkies will like, but like I said earlier the Klingons may savages but they care a lot about honor and I think the writers dropped the ball there and any Trekkie will pick up on it. Overall the series is going to be a non-stop action thrill ride that will as usual see the Klingon falls in defeat. I give this book a read at your own leisure.

Story: Mike Johnson & Ryan Parrott Art: Angel Hernandez Colors: Esther Sanz
Story: 6 Art & Color: 9 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review