Star Trek Picard #1
Written by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson
Art by Angel Hernandez
Colors by Joana Lafuente
Letters by Neil Uyetake
The Rundown: Jean Luc Picard will face the dark side of Romulan culture as he tries to save the empire from catastrophe.
The Romulan star is about a year away from going supernova and potentially destroying all life in the empire. Admiral Jean Luc Picard has been put in charge of leading the Federation effort to relocate as many people as he can before the event occurs, but he will run into difficulties stemming from the Romulans distrust of humans and their secrecy.
When Picard is dispatched to a small planet to relocate its few thousand residents, he meets with the local governor and her team to get the details. When he discovers that there is another population on the planet. One that the Romulans have no intentions of allowing the Federation to rescue, the clash of cultures threatens to derail the fragile peace.
The Story: Beyer and Johnson capture the spirit and legacy of Jean Luc Picard beautifully in this first issue. Not only does the story look and feel like Star Trek, but it is layered with mysteries that I want to see explored not only here, but on the upcoming series. I enjoy the chemistry between Picard and Musiker. Both characters have a rapport that makes you interested in their history and how their relationship evolved over time. The characterization of the Romulans is spot on and I love the fact that, even in the midst of their possible destruction, the empire continues to scheme. This story does a great job of bridging the gap between the events of Star Trek Nemesis and the upcoming series and I am interested in seeing how this new world evolves and changes.
The Art: Angel Hernandez delivers some beautiful art in this first issue. I’ve been a fan of Hernandez’s art across several Star Trek related projects. Not only does the art capture the characters brilliantly, but the ships and technology are all faithful and beautiful to look at.