In Review: Star Trek: Year Five #23

A Tholian horde bearing down on Earth, a time-traveling madman out for blood, a rot festering within the highest levels of the Federation that’s about to explode
Year Five

Synopsis: This month on Star Trek: Year Five. A Tholian horde bearing down on Earth, a time-traveling madman out for blood, a rot festering within the highest levels of the Federation that’s about to explode – and that’s just where we begin! The biggest battle the Enterprise and her crew have ever faced continues…

 

The Story

With the entire Federation held hostage by the Tholian horde. Kirk and the crew get to work on figuring out a way through the Tholian ships. Thankfully, they have Bright Eyes who is willing to help negotiate with his people. Meanwhile, Gary Seven tries to persuade Mr. Spock to help him in his mission to bring peace to the galaxy. To this end. He shows Spock a glimpse of the future. A future that will culminate in the destruction of the Galaxy. A future that Spock isn’t buying.

 

The Artwork

Stephen Thompson continues to do a fine job with the artwork. A highlight of this issue for me is the interior of the tower that Gary Seven has built on earth. Also, the series of images of the Cardassians and the Borg that show up when Gary Seven is talking to Spock about the future.

I also quite enjoyed the brief glimpse we get of the interiors of the Tholian ships during the sequence where Enterprise runs through their blockade.

 

Overall

Much like with the last issue. Writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing show off an impressive knowledge of Star Trek continuity between the generations and use it to great effect. The moment where we see Gary Seven trying to recruit Spock is definitely a highlight. But the final confrontation between Gary Seven and Kirk is what it all is building too and this issue does a wonderful job of paving the way for that.

Overall. Year Five continues to boldly tell Star Trek stories that respect the show’s continuity and characters. I look forward to seeing what happens in next month’s issue.

9.7
Star Trek: Year Five #23
  • Covers
    9.7
  • Story
    10
  • Artwork
    9.7
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    9.7

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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