Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through The Mirror #2

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ThroughMirror2-minOn the face of it, David and Scott Tipton’s script for Issue Two of “Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through The Mirror” is a fairly standard story which could easily have appeared on the small screen during the American science-fiction television programme’s Late Eighties run. In fact, besides the U.S.S. Enterprise rescue mission involving an Andorian Battle Cruiser, a rather enjoyable nod back to the franchise’s original series, the collaborative couple’s narrative contains few innovative surprises until the sixteen-page periodical’s penultimate panel when an astonished Captain Picard and his bearded Commander witness their dark universe counterparts stealing equipment from the blue-coloured aliens’ ransacked vessel via the Shashpar’s security recordings.

Admittedly, that isn’t to say that this second instalment to the weekly “IDW Publishing” mini-series didn’t probably provide its audience with plenty of entertainment, as Lieutenant Commander Throllob attempts to slice the “pink-skin” William Riker “for your crimes” with a seriously-sharp looking bladed weapon and a heavily perspiring Geordi La Forge waits until the very last second before ejecting the damaged spacecraft’s warp core; “You have to remember, Data, as a Chief Engineer, I spend all of my time trying to make sure we don’t eject a warp core.” But such trials (“and tribble-ations”) have undoubtedly been seen more than once before, and as a result suggest that the writing team were simply going through the motions when they penned this particular publication…

Similarly as straightforward is Chris Johnson’s pencilling, which whilst of a tolerable, high(ish) standard, occasionally must have arguably struck a reader as being somewhat overly cartoonish in its execution, especially whenever the California-born illustrator sketches actor Jonathan Frakes’ character or imbues Data with one of the android’s more ‘human’ facial expressions. Such stylistic quibbles however, are rather minor in the grand scheme of things, as the professional digital artist indubitably provides this comic book with a thoroughly enjoyable pace, courtesy of his speedy story-boarding and dynamically-drawn figures, as well as an ability to depict a seriously dilapidated spaceship, complete with wrecked “junction blockers”, numerous corpses, and buckets of blood splatters.

Undoubtedly disconcertingly dimmer though, is this magazine’s secondary tale “Ripe For Plunder”, which being set “months earlier, and an alternate universe away” supposedly establishes a precursory plot involving Doctor Noonian Soong’s creation searching the Terran records keeping repository “for all the information you can supply me on the life and times of Emperor Spock.” Essentially little more than a carousel of planetary visits and unheard conversations with some of the viciously violent galaxy’s more nefarious information dealers, this four-page short can’t sadly even be saved by J.K.Woodward’s paintings…

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For the past forty or so years I have been collecting American comics… To begin with they were predominantly black and white British reprints of “Marvel Comics Group” titles such as “Spider-Man Comics Weekly”, “The Mighty World of Marvel” and “Star Wars Weekly”; all six to ten pence editions I could store away under my bed in a large cardboard box. As a result though I was introduced to the teenage angst of Peter Parker, the discovery of a frozen Captain America by Earth's Mightiest Heroes, witnessed the dreadful rage of Doctor Bruce Banner, and even travelled to a galaxy far far away... Later I would be able to afford actual America colour comic books and supplemented my collection of “Marvel” titles such as “Conan the Barbarian”, “Howard the Duck” and “Captain America” with some “DC Comics” issues of “Batman”, “Green Lantern” and “Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew”. There would even be time for Independent publications such as “Wildcats”, “Spawn” and “The Authority”. These days however I must admit to yearning back to the simpler times of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, back to when both artwork and storylines were straightforward, easy to follow and super-heroes were just starting out on their adventures. A time when no-one had yet to be resurrected from the dead for the fourth time. I've written over seven hundred comic book reviews on my blog over the past few years, with them usually following my latest purchases, all wrapped up in a large brown paper bag, as well as occasional ‘flashbacks’ to some of the classic "Golden Age" issues I already own…

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