STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE MIRROR WAR #0 (REVIEW)

Sep 7, 2021

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Star Trek – Mirror War #0

Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Mirror War #0 Cover for review

This is a prequel of events an introduction to the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation- The Mirror War. This year-long series starting on the 8th of September, better known as….. Star Trek Day will have a 13 issue run throughout the 12-month cycle. Concentrating on brand new adventures for Captain Picard and the crew of the ISS Enterprise-D. It took me by some surprise to see this extremely mucho and cruel Picard in action and left me feeling bad for his crew. Mirror Picard is not a man with empathy; he is dark and cunning willing to take what he deserves by force. Following the failure of their latest exploits, Picard and crew are summoned back to earth to report to the Emperor of the Terran Empire in person.

Publisher: IDW

Story by: Scott and David Tipton
Art by: Carlos Nieto
Colors by: DC Alonso
Letters by: Neil Uyetake

What is it about?

Captain Piccard and crew are on their latest raid. All seems well, but they soon realize this is an ambush orchestrated by Klingon-Cardassian Forces. They barely escape with their lives intact. Things go from bad to worse. Captain Jean-Luc Picard is called back to earth to see the emperor in a face-to-face meeting. Before they reach earth however, there is more trouble. Will they reach their destination? You will have to read it to find out

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Art

The art, well, this is a difficult one. There is no doubt that Carlos Nieto is an amazing artist, especially if you consider his previous works on Star Trek Comics. This fails in comparison. It feels rushed and without the finesse of his previous works. If you look at the art out of perspective to show the difference between the mirror and the original characters, the style makes more sense.

Final Thoughts

To sum up my personal opinion best I will have to quote Captain Picard, “it is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose, that is not weakness, that is life.”

For Star Trek fans, I can see the appeal to this mirror universe and the different takes on familiar characters. This has all the makings of an excellent Star Trek story despite some shortcomings. However, if you are new to the mirror universe, you should know. Captain Jean-Luc Piccard and the crew of the ISS Enterprise-D come across as more villainous you can almost say in their actions and reactions they seem more the antagonist than the protagonist. Instead of being the steady, reliable, and resourceful character that most know, this version plays off as a self-centered egomaniac giving way to cruelty and cunning. This is a darker version of the beloved Captain Jean-Luc Piccard; you can say the exact mirror opposite. If you are a fan of Star Trek and especially the mirror universe, this event is one that you do not want to miss.

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SCORE: 7

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