Star Trek The Next Generation Terra Incognita #1
Written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton
Art by Tony Shasteen
Colors by JD Mettler
Letters by Neil Uyetake
After the disastrous incursion by the mirror universe crew, the mirror version of Reginald Barclay has managed to find his way on board the Enterprise and taken his prime universe self hostage. Reg has a conversation with himself about his place on the ship and how he is going to change the crew’s perception of the Engineer. First, he has to take over the real Barclay’s duties which are completely mundane. Something that the mirror version of the man does not enjoy and continues to comment on at length.
At the same time “Barclay” is trying to acclimate himself to the ship, another potential crisis arises that puts the Enterprise on course to rendezvous with the Hood and a delegation of Vulcan ambassadors. Apparently the losses at Wolf 359 have put the Federation in a precarious position and peace with the Cardassians is vitally important for the security of the Alpha Quadrant.
Scott and David Tipton have crafted a story that could easily fit into a season of the series this comic is based off of. Not only are the characters written true to their on-screen counterparts, but the pacing of the story and dialogue are well done as well. It’s easy to become immersed in the narrative as a fan of the series and seeing cameos and call backs to characters that might have only been on an episode or two adds to the overall story in a good way.
Tony Shasteen’s art is great as well and the way the characters are rendered is spot on. There’s also a great visual flow from panel to panel and it helps to progress the story in a way that feels like watching an episode of the series itself. Definitely an interesting issue and a story that I want to read more of.