In Review: Star Trek: Year Five: Valentine’s Day Special

Acclaimed comics & Prose writer Paul Cornell takes on Captain Kirk in this special Valentines issue

Synopsis: James T. Kirk has had many loves during his mission among the stars, but this time he may have met his match in fellow Starfleet Captain Laura Rhone.

Review: Paul Cornell returns to comics for this rather special Star Trek Adventure, which sees Kirk meet a lady who is every bit as straight ahead and adventurous as he is.

The Story

If there is one thing Captain James T. Kirk excelled at beyond his Starfleet duties. It was wooing the ladies, but over the years his various encounters were short-lived or ended due to his choice of duty over settling down. In this one-off issue, we see Kirk meet his match in Laura Rhone. The Captain of the U.S.S. Drake. Over the course of the story we see how well matched Kirk and Rhone are in every conceivable way. Both are career Starfleet Captains who enjoy the responsibilities and adventures that come with commanding their respective ships and both are straight ahead alpha personalities. What could possibly go wrong?

The Artwork

Christopher Jone who worked with Paul Cornell on his Third Doctor Who story for Titan Comics brings his cosmic flair to Star Trek and does a solid job of it. He is tasked with a few montage style pages in which we see the romance between Kirk and Rhone play out. He also does a wonderful job of the character likenesses as well as the ship to ship stuff. I can’t really fault any of his work here. It felt very much like a lost episode of Star Trek, which is the whole point of this series.


Paul Cornell does a fantastic job of giving us a character-driven story, which truly examines Kirk’s obsession with Duty and how it always seems to get in the way of his romantic relationships. Even when they seem to be tailor-made for him. In Laura Rhone, we are given a look at a woman that is the perfect match for Kirk in every conceivable way, but in the end, that seems to be a big part of the problem. I loved the conversation that Kirk has with his Ex-Fiance Carol Markus, who has her doubts about him ever being able to settle and points out all of his failed relationships, which in turn has him truly questioning whether being involved long term with a fellow Starfleet Captain could work. Its really interesting and fun stuff to read and has just the right amount of romance in it to make it not overly sappy.

This is well worth a look for Star Trek fans. Irrespective of whether you are a fan of Captain Kirk of not. Buy it now. Make it So. Engage.

Star Trek: Year Five: Valentine’s Day Special
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Ian Cullen is the founder of 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: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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