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Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Universe Collection

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Universe Collection

As far back as I can remember Star Trek has been one of those franchises that always been part of the public imagination. Permeating throughout popular culture, leading to even George Lucas admitting the franchise’s influence on his Star Wars saga.  Even though I watched and enjoyed the original series, the movies including the original cast, and the cartoon series, it was definitely before my time. What really got me pulled into this universe was The Next Generation series.

I remembered the first episode where we met the crew, and of course, Data is who stood out. The other aspect of Star Trek, I have enjoyed are the ever-interesting Mirror Universe episodes, which every show that came after the original series got to has enjoyed, except for ST: TNG. As it would have been an interesting endeavor by the show, giving us a different view of our favorite characters. In David and Scott Tipton’s Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Mirror Universe Collection, we get some wish-fulfillment in a trio of comic stories which shows just how menacing our heroes are in the Mirror Universe.

In “Mirror Broken,”, we’re introduced to the crew of the ISS Stargazer and their insidious captain, Jean Luc Picard and belongs to the once-powerful Terran Empire, and where Vulcans are slaves to the powerful Klingon-Cardassian alliance, which gives Picard the perfect opportunity to assemble the crew we know, but more ominous, to take over the Enterprise and give the Empire an advantage over their enemies with a long-dormant weapon. In “Origin of Data”, we get an interesting side story of how Picard recruited Data to his ranks in this alternate dimension. In “Through the Mirror”, the ISS Enterprise crosses over to the Prime Star Trek universe where they meet the heroes we know and looks to conquer worlds in their dimension, while the mirror universe Picard hatches a plan to infiltrate the Enterprise which leads to a tense standoff between both crews. In “Ripe for Plunder”, Data goes on a solo mission to find Emperor Spock, who was thought to be long dead and reveals long-hidden keys to Picard’s plans. In the last story, “Terra Incognita”, one of the show’s long-endeared characters takes a baleful turn as his evil doppelganger infiltrates the Prime Universe Enterprise crew.

Overall, Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Mirror Universe Collection is an exciting set of stories that play with alternate universes and realities masterfully. The stories by the Tiptons are engrossing and exciting. The art by the creative teams is beautiful. Altogether, a collection that gives more than fan service, as it stretches the imagination and the possibilities, infinite.

Story: Scott Tipton and David Tipton
Art: J.K. Woodward, Charlie Kirchoff, Josh Hood, Marcus To, Chris Johnson, Carlos Nieto, Debora Carita, Tony Shasteen, Angel Hernandez
Color: Jason Lewis, Brittany Peer, Jason Lewis, David Garcia Cruz, Fran Gamboa, Jay Fotos, Jo Mettler, Mark Roberts
Letterer: Andworld Design, Neil Uyetake
Story: 9.8 Art: 9.6 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Star Trek: Year Five Vol. 3 Weaker Than Man

Star Trek: Year Five Vol. 3 Weaker Than Man

(W) Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Jim McCann, Jody Houser (A) Angel Hernandez, Silvia Califano, J. K. Woodward (CA) J.J. Lendl
In Shops: May 26, 2021
SRP: $19.99

Join the crew of the original Starship Enterprise in these all-new adventures as they near the conclusion of their five-year mission.

Finally returning to Federation space, the Enterprise and her crew find the Federation isn’t quite the same as the one they left behind! Kirk grapples with a very personal Klingon threat, even as the Enterprise begins its homecoming victory tour, and the Federation’s upcoming presidential election is upended when Harry Mudd enters the race!

All this against the backdrop of a sinister malaise threatening to rot the Federation from within. Terrible secrets are revealed, among them the origin of Gary Seven and the grand designs of the shadowy AEGIS organization. Can Kirk and the Enterprise crew excise this corruption, or will the five-year mission end in failure? Collects issues #13-19 of the series.

Star Trek: Year Five Vol. 3 Weaker Than Man

Heavy Metal, Disturbed, And Incendium Team Up For Comic Series

Disturbed, Incendium, and Heavy Metal Entertainment have announced Dark Messiah, a five-part comic book series. Published under Heavy Metal Entertainment and Incendium’s music-focused OPUS imprint, the story was conceptualized by Incendium CEO Llexi Leon and Tim Seeley and written by Seeley, with illustrations by Ángel Hernández, and cover artwork by Ryan Christensen.

Dark Messiah takes place in the not-so-distant future, as firefighter Griffin DeSanto finds himself a man out of time, stumbling into a harsh world of poverty, automation, and subjugation. Technology rules and a tech empire built on suffering keeps the population in check through surveillance and mechanized policing. Though lost, Griffin is never alone. He was brought here for a reason, and The Vengeful One is his guide.

Dark Messiah begins as a 5-issue comic series; the first print edition of each issue will be released as a prestige-format limited edition collectible comic book, featuring cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering. Disturbed’s Dark Messiah will extend beyond the printed page into toys, apparel, and collectibles, including an action figure of “The Guy”.

The first printing of each Dark Messiah issue will be limited to 3000 copies at the devilish price of $16.66, and available to order. The first issue is available to order now and ships July 2021. “The Guy” action figure is also
available to pre-order for $29.95, shipping October 2021.

Preview: Blade Runner Origins #3

Blade Runner Origins #3

(W) K. Perkins, Mike Johnson, Mellow Brown (A) Fernando Dagnino (CA) Angel Hernandez
In Shops: Apr 21, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Enter the world of Blade Runner: 2009 and Discover the untold origins of the Blade Runners!

A Tyrell Corporation scientist is DEAD – the victim of an apparent suicide. But when LAPD Detective Cal is called in to investigate, he uncovers secret documents revealing a new kind of replicant and a conspiracy that could change the world.

FEATURES AN ALL-STAR CREATIVE TEAM including K. PERKINS (Supergirl), MELLOW BROWN (American Gods) plus Titan’s bestselling Blade Runner 2019 co-writer MIKE JOHNSON.

Blade Runner Origins #3

Preview: Blade Runner Origins #2

Blade Runner Origins #2

(W) K. Perkins, Mike Johnson, Mellow Brown (A) Fernando Dagnino (CA) Angel Hernandez
In Shops: Mar 24, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Enter the world of Blade Runner: 2009 and Discover the untold origins of the Blade Runners!

A Tyrell Corporation scientist is DEAD – the victim of an apparent suicide.

But when LAPD Detective Cal is called in to investigate, he uncovers secret documents revealing a new kind of replicant and a conspiracy that could change the world.

FEATURES AN ALL-STAR CREATIVE TEAM including K. PERKINS (Supergirl), MELLOW BROWN (American Gods) plus Titan’s bestselling Blade Runner 2019 co-writer MIKE JOHNSON.

Blade Runner Origins #2

Preview: Star Trek: Year Five #19

Star Trek: Year Five #19

(W) Jim McCann (A) Angel Hernandez (CA) Stephen Thompson
In Shops: Mar 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

A pandemic raging across Alpha Centauri. A powerful enemy aboard the Enterprise. With death lurking around every corner, the crew will face down one of their greatest challenges yet in the shocking concludion to this episode from Eisner-winning writer Jim McCann (Return of the Dapper Men) and superstar artist Angel Hernandez (Star Trek: Picard)!

Star Trek: Year Five #19

Preview: Star Trek: Year Five #19

Star Trek: Year Five #19

(W) Jim McCann (A) Angel Hernandez (CA) Stephen Thompson
In Shops: Mar 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

A pandemic raging across Alpha Centauri. A powerful enemy aboard the Enterprise. With death lurking around every corner, the crew will face down one of their greatest challenges yet in the shocking concludion to this episode from Eisner-winning writer Jim McCann (Return of the Dapper Men) and superstar artist Angel Hernandez (Star Trek: Picard)!

Star Trek: Year Five #19

Cypress Hill Gets Insane in the Membrane with Z2 Comics

Cypress Hill: Tres Equis

Multi-platinum hip-hop group, Cypress Hill, announces a partnership with Z2 Comics to relive their classic self-titled debut with this original graphic novel! Extending the relationship between Los Angeles street culture, hip hop, and art, Cypress Hill: Tres Equis is available to preorder now!

1991: XXX years ago, a trailblazing trio made music history blending East Coast hip-hop fundamentals with West Coast chicano swagger to form a sound all their own. Before they became icons, Louis and Senen were just a couple teenage cholos from around the way, trying to stay out of trouble–Until a series of chance encounters with both sides of the law changed their path forever. Guest-starring Officer O’Malley, Sister Maggie, and many more!

Cypress Hill: Tres Equis is written by Noah Callahan-Bever and Gabriel Alvarez and illustrated by Felix RuizJefte PaloJuan GedeonDamion ScottAngel Hernandez, and Paris Alleyne.

The landmark graphic novel event will be available in three formats: a standard 160 page softcover, a deluxe hardcover edition, and a strictly limited super deluxe edition. All are available to preorder now, in both English and Spanish language editions with the deluxe and super deluxe editions packaged an exclusive LP edition of their self-titled debut on green vinyl with all-new cover art by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, special edition art prints by Ortiz, Scott and Gedeon; and much more! The standard edition will be released in finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere in August, with deluxe and super deluxe editions ONLY available directly from Z2! Reserve yours today!

Preview: Star Trek: Voyager: Seven’s Reckoning #4 (of 4)

Star Trek: Voyager: Seven’s Reckoning #4 (of 4)

(W) Dave Baker (A/CA) Angel Hernandez
In Shops: Feb 10, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The battle may be over, but the worst is yet to come. Torn between her growing attachment to an alien race and her new commitment to the Prime Directive, Seven of Nine must choose between altering the course of an entire society and her place aboard Voyager in the conclusion to this story set during Voyager’s amazing fourth season from writer Dave Baker (Action Hospital, F*ck Off Squad, Star Trek: Waypoint) and artist Angel Hernandez (Star Trek: Picard Countdown, Star Trek/Green Lantern).

Star Trek: Voyager: Seven’s Reckoning #4 (of 4)

Preview: Star Trek: Voyager: Seven’s Reckoning #3 (of 4)

Star Trek: Voyager: Seven’s Reckoning #3 (of 4)

(W) Dave Baker (A/CA) Angel Hernandez
In Shops: Jan 20, 2021
SRP: $3.99

What has gone from a long simmering conflict has exploded into all-out war. Seven of Nine has chosen her side, but even with her help, victory is not assured, and what will it mean for her place in the crew of Voyager when the dust finally settles? An all-new adventure set during Voyager’s amazing fourth season from writer Dave Baker (Action Hospital, F*ck Off Squad, Star Trek: Waypoint) and artist Angel Hernandez (Star Trek: Picard Countdown, Star Trek/Green Lantern).

Star Trek: Voyager: Seven’s Reckoning #3 (of 4)

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