In Review: Star Trek: Holo-Ween #4 (of 4)

Redjac pulls in a creature to join him in terrorizing the crew.
Holo-ween

Synopsis: In this final issue of Holo-Ween horror on the holodeck, Redjac pulls in a creature to join him in terrorizing the crew. Step one, feast on the fears of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D crew. Step two, reduce entire worlds to gibbering terror! Can our heroes overtake these evil entities before they lose themselves to the monsters within?

 

The Story

Having managed to rescue all their crewmates from the holodeck in the last issue. Captain Picard and his crew find themselves confronted by Redjac and the creature known as Armus who murdered their old cremate Tasha Yar in the TNG episode ‘Skin of Evil’. As the plot unfolds Radjac reveals that Armus is a simulated version that he has created to keep the entire Enterprise crew alert and in a state of fear. It seems that Redjac still holds all the cards including the hostages that Picard thought they had rescued. So now Picard and his crew must think of another way to defeat this evil entity and it seems that the answer to defeating this vile creature is already among them.

 

The Artwork

Joe Eisma draws up a storm in this final issue of Star Trek’s Halloween adventure. The artist’s interpretation of Armus remains interesting throughout the book. I especially enjoyed the various visual references that were made to ‘Skin of Evil’, which is perhaps one of the few highlights from Star Trek: The Next Generation’s first season. For me, one of the best panels in this issue is the reveal that the crewmembers that Picard thinks he has saved just melt away like the holograms that they are.

Overall. The artwork in this book has been pretty solid throughout.

 

Overall

Writer Christopher Sequeira ends his Star Trek: Holo-Ween story with a few fun twists and turns. I really enjoyed how he used Troi’s personal logs as a mainway in which to drive the overall narrative forward as it makes clever use of the ship’s Counsellor who would be better placed to talk about fears and their effects on the crew. It’s a great shame that we never really saw Troi used this way too much in the actual TV series as it would have made her character a bit more compelling.

Overall. This book has been a real Halloween treat and has made what has been a rather stressful October for me go by a little quicker.

 

9.5
Star Trek: Holo-Ween #4 (of 4)
  • Covers
    8.7
  • Story
    9.8
  • Artwork
    9.8
  • Lettering
    9.4
  • Colours
    9.8

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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