STAR TREK: DISCOVERY – AFTERMATH by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson, artists Tony Shasteen and Angel Hernandez. Review.

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY – AFTERMATH by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson, artists Tony Shasteen and Angel Hernandez

IDW Publishing, s/b, $15.99

Reviewed by Matthew Johns

This graphic novel takes place after the 2nd series of Star Trek: Discovery. Captain Pike (the original captain of the Enterprise, before that interloper Kirk took over) is working with Chancellor L’Rell to agree a peace treaty between the Federation and the Klingons. Everyone’s favourite Vulcan, Spock, is also there – taking a break from the Federation, but agreeing to help Kirk and L’Rell in their negotiations. Unsurprisingly, not all of the Klingons like the sound of a peace treaty with the other races (who’d have thought?!), and some try to stop peace from happening.

In addition to this, there’s a short story featuring Captain Saru. Acting as the captain of the USS Discovery, he takes a skeleton crew to discover what’s happened to a missing science vessel, the USS Dorothy Garrod.

This book is colourfully illustrated, and easy to read with the panels in their usual left to right configuration, with occasional double page spreads for big, dramatic scenes such as the Discovery leaving space dock. The illustrations manage to come across as realistic, and the stories are interspersed with full page title illustrations and photographs of the characters from the TV series.

This manages to retain the look and feel of Star Trek: The Original Series (as it is set roughly 10 years before the events of that series), with starship shapes, phasers and suchlike, but without looking dated. These are a thrilling couple of tales in the Star Trek continuum, filled with the humour, action and morality that you would expect from Star Trek, staying true to Rodenberry’s original vision.

Whether you’ve watched Star Trek: Discovery or not (and this reviewer, despite being an avid Star Trek fan confesses that he has not…yet), this is a great read for Star Trek or sci-fi fans alike.