Review: Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #2

ST_MD02-coverSpace: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life-forms and new civilizations; to boldly go where no one has gone before. The blockbuster mini-series continues as Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew face off with the Klingons in deep space… a conflict that could ignite all-out galactic war! Will Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise stop the Klingons or will they fall to the Empire!

IDW Publishing is back with issue #2 of Star Trek: Manifest Destiny and issue #2 is much better than issue number one. As I stated in the last review (which can be seen here) I had a hard time with how the Klingons were being depicted by doing actions that made them dishonorable in their culture which has never been the Klingon way despite the Klingons being a very savage race. This time around writers Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott did a much better job with the Klingons they were more in line with how Trekkies know them which I think is a way to keep their readers, Trekkies like what they know and anything that deviates from how it should be frustrates them and they won’t be inclined to pick up the issues if they are unhappy.

What is also nice about this issue is how much action there is here, I was very impressed that there would be so much action early on in a comic book series. There was a lot more Spock and Kirk in this issue and very little about the away team on the Class M planet. Also Chekov had a more prominent role with this issue and for once the Enterprise was attacked in a way we have never seen before which was really unique and fun to read.

Artist Angel Hernandez and Colorists Doug Garbark and Adam Guzowski did a tremendous job with issue #2. Garbark and Guzowski are new to this issue as colorists as in issue #1, Esther Sanz was the colorist and I think they did a great job with again capturing the mood of the issue and Angels artwork was spot on in capturing everyone’s likeness I am just blown away in this series as to how well the artwork is.

Overall issue #2 was much better than the 1st issue and hopefully this trend will continue. Star Trek the Original Series is near and dear to a lot of people (not so much me as I grew up the Next Generation) and these fans want to see stories and characters that they are familiar with and have come to love. Trekkies like Star Wars fans get crabby when things are out of place and aren’t what they are supposed to be, but what’s nice about this series is that I think it has the ability to bring a new generation of people to the Star Trek universe which I think doesn’t get enough credit. I highly recommend you go out and buy a copy of this issue today!

Story: Mike Johnson & Ryan Parrott Art: Angel Hernandez Colors: Doug Garbark & Adam Guzowski
Story: 8 Art & Color: 9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review