With the upcoming CBS All Access show Picard on the horizon, Star Trek: Picard Countdown #1 kicks off the lead-up. In one issue, we’re provided so much detail as to the status of various characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation. We’re also presented the current state of things. And things are a bit mixed.
Picard is now an Admiral in charge of evacuating the Romulans. They’re under threat from a supernova that may wipe out their entire people. But, their secrecy and mistrust of the Federation has made the effort difficult. Dispatched to a world where he’s told only 10,000 Romulans live, Picard is faced with a twist that threatens the operation and the peace.
Written by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson, the comic is a solid introduction to this next phase of the Star Trek universe. The two find the opportunity to update us on the many characters we’ve come to known. They also do it in a way that feels natural and not forced. The dilemma presented feels very Star Trek and a classic issue they’d need to deal with. It also feels very pertinent. With issues like climate change challenging populations and a wave of immigration due to strife, the need to evacuate the Romulans feels like it is a classic sci-fi allegory.
The art by Angel Hernandez is solid. With colors by Joana Lafuente and lettering by Neil Uyetake, the characters all look like their real-world selfs. The design of the world and Romulans also look like they’d fit into any of the recent Next Generation films or later seasons. There’s a beauty to some of the design that hides the insidious nature of it all.
The comic is a solid re-introduction to Picard and teases what should be an excellent television series. The comic feels like classic Star Trek with its blend of solid storytelling and socio-political undertones. This is one that Trek fans, and those excited about the show, should check out.
Story: Kirsten Beyer, Mike Johnson Art: Angel Hernandez Color: Joana Lafuente Letters: Neil Uyetake Story: 8.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
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(W) Mike Johnson, Kirsten Beyer (A) Angel Hernandez In Shops: Nov 27, 2019 SRP: $4.99
You’ve seen the trailer… now, witness the events leading to CBS All Access’s Picard. Before he retired to his vineyard, Jean-Luc Picard was the most decorated admiral in Starfleet. Then one mission changed his life forever. The Countdown starts here!
(W) Kirsten Beyer, Mike Johnson (A) Tony Shasteen (CA) Angel Hernandez In Shops: Nov 20, 2019 SRP: $3.99
You saw the stunning conclusion of the second season of Star Trek: Discovery-now prepare yourselves for the ending of the Aftermath! With the fragile peace between the Klingons and the Federation hanging by a thread, Spock, Captain Pike, and Chancellor L’Rell make a last stand against the forces threatening to ignite a new galactic war!
(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Anna Malkova, Bethany McGuire-Smith (CA) Angel Hernandez In Shops: Nov 06, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Now shipping monthly! The Ascenticon Guard, Security Operations, and The Rise are caught in a three-way faceoff. Cybertron is teetering on the brink of chaos, but there is still hope for peace. And leading the way to restore that peace are the only bots that make sense: Megatron, Soundwave, and Starscream!
At New York Comic Con, IDW Publishing revealed that Ángel Hernández is joining writers Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson on the official Star Trek: Picard – Countdown comic book miniseries, based on the highly-anticipated CBS All Access program!
Since entering the world of professional comics in 2012, Hernández has kept very busy, working on such titles as Arrow, Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse, Flash, and Earth 2: Society for DC Comics, as well as two Star Trek / Green Lantern crossovers (Spectrum War and Stranger Worlds, respectively), and several different IDW series including Star Trek: Manifest Destiny, Star Trek Discovery: Succession, and Star Trek TNG: Terra Incognita, as well as the 2019 relaunch of The Transformers.
(W) Kirsten Beyer, Mike Johnson (A) Tony Shasteen (CA) Angel Hernandez In Shops: Sep 25, 2019 SRP: $3.99
As Spock deals with the loss of his sister Michael Burnham, Captain Pike makes an offer to the Klingons. But will the enemies of Chancellor L’Rell ignite a new war instead? Don’t miss this amazing new series that follows after the shocking conclusion of season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery.
& Mike Johnson (w) • Tony Shasteen (a) • Angel Hernandez (c)
You saw the
stunning conclusion of the second season of Star
Trek: Discovery—now witness the Aftermath!
After discovering Michael Burnham’s personal log, Spock begins to unravel the
story of Burnham’s journey from orphan to Starfleet officer—and the secret
history of the Red Angel as well. But as he confronts the secrets of Burnham’s
past, he’ll also have to grapple with his own. An amazing new Star Trek: Discovery miniseries begins
Transformers #5 is an improvement on the previous four issues but still falls short of being enjoyable. Written by Brian Ruckley, the issue bounces around the various characters involved with the murder mystery as well as peals back some of what Bumblebee has been up to.
This is an issue I want to like and a series I’m attempting to enjoy. Transformers #5 though bounces around a bit too much never quite focusing enough on one plotline or character.
Ruckley delivers an issue that’s an improvement on the previous. It still falls short in entertainment. The issue is a piece of the larger narrative and in that way it is one of the strongest released so far. The structure of the issue is interesting as well delivering some scenes that feel out of place and not needed and others that feel out of order or could have benefited from not being broken up into various segments.
This is most evident in Rubble’s story. Instead of the breaks in his narrative, the issue would have been stronger focusing just on his story and building up the tension and fear better. As is, the ending feels a tad out of place and not the impact it was going for. Instead of terror and dread leading to sadness the overall delivery is that of melancholy.
The art doesn’t help matters either. A trio of artists work on the issue as they have in the past and their differing styles are standing out more. Anna Malkova, Angel Hernandez, and Sara Pitre-Durocher all would be great on their own. Together though, the styles don’t quite work anymore. At times it also doesn’t quite match the tone either. Opening pages have a more cartoon like quality which doesn’t work for Megatron’s serious nature and moment. That transition to the next segment and art style becomes more abrupt due to the mismatched nature of the start. With a bi-monthly comic, picking two artists and switching off would make for a stronger comic visually or banking issues with one artist and switching on the next arc would have been the best overall.
Transformers #5 is absolutely an improvement on the series moving the murder mystery forward and adding more political intrigue. Still, the issue’s pacing and narrative structure works against it creating an experience that again falls short of what was and what could be.
Story: Brian Ruckley Art: Anna Malkova, Angel Hernandez, Sara Pitre-Durocher Color: Joana Lafuente Letterer: Tom B. Long Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
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Brian Ruckley (w) • Angel Hernandez &
Cachet Whitman (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)
The investigation into the mystery of
Cybertron’s first murder continues! Windblade closes in on answers, Rubble
finds a job that suits him, and Bumblebee… well, Bumblebee has a secret that
could lead to chaos.
Scott Tipton, David Tipton (w) • Tony Shasteen, Angel Hernandez,
Carlos Nieto (a) • J.K. Woodward (c)
Following their clash with their villainous doubles from the
Mirror Universe, the Enterprise crew
returns to business as usual, little realizing the serpent in their midst–one
of their own has been replaced! Six stories focusing on fan-favorite crew
members of the Enterprise-D–including
Deanna Troi, Wesley Crusher, and Selar–each connected by the machinations of
this sinister doppelgänger.
What does Mirror Barclay want, and what’s to become of his Prime-universe