Synopsis: With Captain Pike and the crew of the Enterprise caught in the Pryllia colony, home to the illusive Illyrian people, the mission objective quickly shifts from gathering evidence to exonerate Una to…breaking out.
Picking up from last month. The Enterprise and her crew find themselves under attack by an Illyrian ship, which is commanded by Captain Da-Kil. Effectively, the Illyrians have somehow turned the Enterprise into a massive magnet, which is slowly diminishing the ship’s shields. Acting on a hunch Spock, who is doing his very best to hide his anxiety figures out a way to undo the Illyrian trap by reversing the ship’s shield polarity. After this, a brief firefight ensues between the two vessels, but a cease-fire is called when Captain Pike convinces Da-Kil that they both are seeking to exonerate Una-Chin Riley and get her released from Starfleet custody. To that end, Da-Kil invites Pike and Spock to beam over to his ship to discuss matters, but the Illyrian Captain seems to have a particular interest in Mr. Spock being a Vulcan.
The opening panels where we see the Enterprise struggling to escape the Illyrian Trap are drawn and colored beautifully. I loved the use of color in this segment. I also loved the sequence of panels that show us how dangerous the planet of Illyria is. As we see a lone explorer slowly die as the toxic atmosphere slowly eats away at their space suit.
This book continues to entertain as we get a little insight into what may be happening in the space between seasons one and two of the series. I’m really enjoying the manipulative Da-Kil and how he seems to be playing a game with Captain Pike.
Overall, this is a really solid second issue.