In Review: Star Trek #400

Celebrate IDW’s 400th issue of Star Trek comics with this monumental issue highlighting fan-favorite eras of the acclaimed series.
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Description: Celebrate IDW’s 400th issue of Star Trek comics with this monumental issue highlighting fan-favorite eras of the acclaimed series. This collection of minis brings together Star Trek comics veterans in an equal celebration of IDW’s Star Trek comics past and future. Join little Keyla Detmer—as seen in Star Trek: Discovery—Adventures in the 32nd Century #3—on a new expedition, visit the Kelvin Universe, witness a heartfelt tale by TNG’s very own Wil Wheaton, and more by Chris Eliopoulos, Declan Shalvey, Rich Handley, and Mike Johnson, with art by Luke Sparrow, Seth Damoose, Megan Levens, Angel Hernandez, and Joe Eisma!

 

The Stories

This comic celebrates pretty much most aspects of Star Trek and explores both new and old characters from the vast Star Trek Universe. The opening story is set just after events seen in Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country and is basically an entry in Captain Sulu’s log. In the story, Sulu talks about his friends on the Enterprise as they prepare to end their long career of adventures. The question Sulu ponders is what is it that makes a good Captain.

The second story focuses on an early adventure for Miles O’Brian, which is set during his time on the USS Rutledge under the command of Captain Maxwell. In the story, O’Brien captures a Cardassian Spy and is rewarded with the responsibility of keeping the Spy imprisoned. This story also features a small role for a Certain Elim Garrack who O’Brien will meet many years later when he serves on DS9.

By far the most interesting story for me in this issue is the one written by Wil Wheaton. It is an interesting story in that it kind of acts as a prequel of sorts to Wheaton’s guest starring role of Wesley Crusher in the recent second season of Star Trek: Picard. The story sees the fully grown adult version of Wesley paying a visit to his former Captain prior to the events we see in Picard’s second season. The meeting is basically so Wesley can get advice from his former Captain who he hasn’t seen in over 30 years. It’s quite a beautiful story, which ties nicely into Wesley’s brief appearance in the season two Picard finale.

In total, this collection includes five stories from a nice range of writers. The comic ends with a preview of a future new series of Trek comics to come. As IDW seems to be starting the range again with a new issue 1.

 

The Artwork

We get a wide range of art styles throughout this issue. As somewhat of an appreciator of art and illustration. I liked all that was on offer here. Including the further Adventures of The Starfleeter, which is a cute Star Trek: Discovery tale set within the childhood universe of little Keyla Detmer. But personally, it was the art in the Wesley Crusher story and the book’s final story that felt the most familiar to me as a reader of Star Trek books.

 

Overall

This final 400th issue packs in a fair bit of content and gives us some really cool new stories from the final frontier. It’s also a wonderful celebration of Star Trek comics in general and well worth the money. I look forward to the new series of Star Trek comics from IDW, which will launch in October.

9.8
Star Trek #400
  • Covers
    9.8
  • Stories
    9.7
  • Artwork
    10
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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