Picard Stargazer’ #1 – TrekMovie.com
Review: Star Trek: Picard Stargazer #1
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Written by: Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson
Designed by: Angel Hernandez
Color by: JD Mettler
Although Paramount has not officially announced a premiere date for Season 3 of Star Trek: Picard (showrunner Terry Matalas Assumed it’ll probably be early 2023), thanks to IDW, we’ll be able to get our fix of the Admiral android adventures to tide us over between seasons.
Number 3 star gazer the miniseries takes place between seasons 2 and 3 and is written by picard co-creator/executive producer Kirsten Beyer and longtime Star Trek comic book writer Mike Johnson. The pair are back after co-writing the picard prequel, Countdownback in 2019. Back on the art, Angel Hernandez, who we last saw drawing Linus in Adventures in the 32nd Century #4.
Always a dead end scenario
The season 2 finale gave fans a “holy shit!” when Seven has taken command of the damaged USS Stargazer and the comic wisely picks up on its story. star gazer begins with Seven taking on the newly designed Kobayashi Maru, still seen as a no-win scenario, but more of a rescue attempt resulting in an unwinnable space battle with the Klingons. Instead, Admiral Picard reprogrammed the entire simulation to reflect Starfleet’s much less explosive job: diplomacy. While Seven’s commission was only temporary, you could say everyone (including Starfleet) wants to see her in that uniform permanently. Perhaps we will have the answer to this question before the end of this miniseries.
Meanwhile, Jean-Luc Picard is summoned back into space on the new Stargazer to revisit a pre-warp planet of the time before he became wildly challenged. The firstThe Directive and an unexpected adversary prevented the crew from surveying the planet at the time, but Starfleet feels enough time has passed to try again. Succeeding Captain Rios as captain of the Stargazer is an Andorian named Mekara, who invites Picard to return to Jenjor VI, a city planted with an indigenous population of tens of millions and rich in a rare isotope called csylium. When they arrive, of course, things are not as Picard left them.
Hernandez has been in this business for a long time, and there’s a reason he continues to draw Star Trek. The space panels are gorgeous and the close-ups of Picard (old and young) are on point. I always like to know the photo or the frame from which the artist is inspired. And the Kobayashi Maru’s three-eyed aliens are fun and memorable, even if they’re only meant for one time.
Star Trek: Picard – Stargazer has the potential to be a must-read for fans eagerly awaiting Season 3 of picard. Although this first issue is rich in exposition and light on the action until the very end, it does its job of creating anticipation for the next issue. With Beyer and Johnson at the helm, this story is in good hands and I can’t wait to see how it ties into Season 3.
Star Trek: Picard – Stargazer #1 was released on August 31. You can order it (and pre-order future issues) on TFAW. Or get individual digital editions from Amazon/comiXology.
The entire collection will be released in paperback form next April, and you can pre-order it now on Amazon.
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