Synopsis: This week on Star Trek: Holo-ween. The fight for the holodeck is on! The Halloween “away” team, consisting of Troi as the Mummy, Riker as the Werewolf, Picard as Mr. Hyde, and Worf as an amphibious Klingon Mkr’an, are being chased by a mob of crazed Redjac-controlled crew members. Meanwhile, Dr. Crusher and Commander La Forge monitor their crewmates’ neural outputs in a frantic attempt to keep them from entering irreversible states of psychoses and fully integrating with their monster personas.
It’s a race against time as Troi, Riker, Picard, and Worf in their monster forms work to free as many Enterprise crewmembers from Redjac’s control. With barely 3 minutes left Troi with some tech support from Data managed to free all but seven crew members. Meanwhile, in sickbay, Dr. Crusher has put out a fleet-wide alert warning other Starfleet vessels to steer clear of Enterprise. It’s an alert that gets picked up by retired Starfleet Engineer Captain Mongomery Scott who has past experience with Redjac.
Joe Eisma continues to have a great deal of fun with the artwork. In fact, many of the panels in the first half of this book are reminiscent of scenes from the classic 1930s universal horror films where we’d see many angry villagers with pitchforks looking to rid themselves of the Frankenstein monster. In fact, there is a lot of visual references in this book that put me in mind of horror films from the 30s and 50s, which was the horror that most kids in the 1970s and 80s grew up watching on the TV before more modern slasher movies started to come into trend.
I continue to love this book and can’t believe that this is the penultimate issue as it has gone so quickly. Writer Christopher Sequeira has a gift for dialogue. I really loved some of the dialogue that came from Picard’s version of Mr. Hyde. So much so that it is a real shame that our heroes are no longer in their monster forms.
We get a great twist at the close of this issue, which brings in another great villain from Star Trek who much like Redjac feeds on the fears or others. A very familiar alien to the Next Generation fans as he appeared in one of the better episodes from the first season.