In Review: Star Trek: Year Five #12

The moment fans have been waiting for since this comics very first issue has arrived. Having ordered his crew to safety. Captain Kirk must face off against a villain who pretty much knows and can anticipate his every move.

Synopsis: The moment fans have been waiting for since this comics very first issue has arrived. Having ordered his crew to safety. Captain Kirk must face off against a villain who pretty much knows and can anticipate his every move. A villain who once worked alongside the Enterprise crew to help save the earth from destroying itself in the mid 20th century.

 

The Story

As regular readers of this comic already know. The villain in question is none other than Gary Seven and his shapeshifting cat Isis. For some reason, the time agency that Seven works for wants Captain Kirk and the Enterprise out of the way and the job of executing their plans falls to Gary Seven. The issue picks up where we left off last month. Kirk has dropped his crew off on the planet below and has remains on board the Enterprise to confront and stop Gary Seven. A fight ensues in which Kirk and Gary Seven trade blows. Kirk is trying to reason with the time agent, but Gary Seven’s mind is set. He must complete his mission.

Back on the planet below Spock is taking command, but faces a crew that is determined to get back on Enterprise and help their Captain. The lead instigators in persuading Spock to go against his Vulcan logic are M’Ress and Scotty with a little help from the young Tholian who the crew has nicknamed bright eyes.

 

The Artwork

Sadly the artwork in this final issue seems a little inconsistent. For the most part artist Stephen Thompson has the likeness of the characters down pretty well, but there are a few panels where the likenesses waver a little when caught from particular angles. The fight between Gary Seven and Kirk is drawn really well and is a real page-turner.

 

Overall

Writers Jackson Lanzing and Colin Kelly do a wonderful job of wrapping this story arc up, but also leave it somewhat open for Gary Seven to regroup and complete his mission at some other point. Hopefully, he does not remain a villain indefinitely. I always rather liked Gary Seven as the mysterious time agent that was on the side of the angels. But seeing him as a villain is fun and really interesting.

I loved the back and forth dialogue between Kirk and Gary Seven during their fight. It was bang on point with what you could see them saying to each other on the series.

I also enjoyed the inclusion of M’Ress and Arex from the Star Trek animated series. That was a really nice touch and made sense given Sulu and Chekov’s falling out in the previous couple of issues.

So the first year of Trek is a wrap, but year two of Star Trek: Year Five will get underway next month in what I am sure will be another epic adventure.

9.2
Star Trek: Year Five #12
  • Covers
    9.0
  • Story
    9.8
  • Artwork
    8.5
  • Lettering
    9.6
  • Colours
    9.0

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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