In Review: Star Trek: Year Five #19

A pandemic raging across Alpha Centauri. A powerful enemy aboard the Enterprise. With death lurking around every corner, the crew will face down one of their greatest challenges yet
Year Five

Synopsis: This month in Year Five. A pandemic raging across Alpha Centauri. A powerful enemy aboard the Enterprise. With death lurking around every corner, the crew will face down one of their greatest challenges yet in the shocking conclusion to this episode from Eisner-winning writer Jim McCann.

 

The Story

Picking the story up from last month. We have discovered that it was Isis. Gary 7’s changeling partner released the virus on Alpha Centauri. So, while Chekov and Sulu try to capture Isis. Kirk works with Dr. McCoy to try and find a cure for the virus. And their friendship comes under a little friction as McCoy races against the clock to figure out a cure. Meanwhile, Spock leads a landing party to find ground zero of the outbreak.

 

The Artwork

The art duties in ‘Star Trek: Year Five’ have been undertaken by Angel Hernandez who pulls a fair few tricks out of his hat on this issue. I particularly enjoyed the series of panels in which Sulu and Chekov were struggling to capture and contain Isis who was using her shapeshifting abilities to great effect. There is one panel towards the end of the fight in which we see Isis’s more human form transforming out of the Tholian form that she’d been using to take out a majority of Chekov’s security detail.

Hernandez also does a brilliant job of capturing the drama of McCoy’s efforts to find a cure for the virus. Especially when it came to the facial expressions of McCoy and Kirk as they argued about the procedures in use.

 

Overall

Writer Jim McCann does a nice job of drawing his story to a satisfying conclusion. But we are still left wondering what happened to Isis and what Gary 7’s next move will be. Especially given that his orders are to take out Kirk and the Enterprise crew.

 

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9.8
Star Trek: Year Five #19
  • Covers
    9.8
  • Story
    9.8
  • 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: [email protected]
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