wundagoreborn's Star Trek #22 - After Darkness, Part 2 review

Hot Time on New Vulcan

The Good

This series often likes to give new takes on Star Trek TOS concepts, so I expected Spock’s Pon Farr experience to take a different turn. But the turn I expected was a relationship turn – focusing on the impact the Vulcan blood fever had on his relationship with Uruha. There’s some of that, but man does it quickly take a hard left into the unexpected too. This Spock’s fever on New Vulcan makes the original look like a slight cold.

Erfan Fajar can really draw Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura. His panels of her are as beautiful as his space scenes and landscapes. New Vulcan gives him some intense landscapes to draw too, although they might be a bit too derivative of Star Wars Episode 3.

Plot-wise, not too much happens in this issue, but the Romulan and Klingon teasers that bookend the main story promise to pay off in huge action.

The Bad

Fajar struggles here to draw the faces of the male characters with any consistency. Many of Scott’s and Kirk’s expressions plus a few of Spock's really distracted me from getting caught up in the story. Also, this issue pulled in elements of the first film that I’m not sure make sense yet. Time will tell whether it’s bad or just too incomplete to understand yet.

Recommendation: YES.

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