STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION MIRROR BROKEN #1
Trips to the mirror universe are always fun with Star Trek in any medium and this week STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION MIRROR BROKEN #1 hits store shelves from IDW Publishing. Written by David and Scott Tipton this series fills a nice gap in mirror universe history by showing what Jean-Luc Picard and the rest of the Enterprise crew were up to between Spock’s encounter with our Captain Kirk and the ensuing fall of the Empire reflected in the Deep Space Nine episode ‘Crossover’. The Empire has been pushed back to Earth and Captain Picard commands the ISS Stargazer on solar system patrol looking for incursions from the Klingon-Cardassian alliance. However, when he catches wind of the new star ship the Empire is building he and his crew hatch a plan to commandeer the new war ship Enterprise!
The Tipton brothers pen a great Star Trek story with lots of details for Trekkers to dig into. Evil Picard with a beard is a nice touch that continues the mirror universe legacy of bearded characters being cruel doppelgangers. The use of the Stargazer is another welcome nod to Star Trek lore, as is Data’s use of borg parts to augment his android body. All the characters are well represented and get time enough time on the page to allow readers to see how different they are from the ones we have grown to love. Sultry women, excessive violence, and agony booths are all present and accounted for, everything a fan would want out of a mirror universe story.
Artist J.K. Woodward excels a TV accurate renditions of main characters while doing an average job of drawing iconic Star Trek vessels. The space battles may not be his strong suit but the character art is second to none. Every page looks fantastic is a style that looks like it was painted. IDW Publishing has been releasing some really solid Star Trek titles lately that are far from simple cash ins on an existing brand and STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION MIRROR BROKEN #1 is another feather in their cap. This book is a must for Star Trek fans.