Star Trek Discovery #1 Review

Posted November 30, 2017 by Cameron McFarland in Comic Books

Written by: Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson

Art by: Tony Shasteen

Published by: IDW

I need to disclose one key fact before getting into this book: I’m not a fan of CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery. I am a long time Trek fan, but Discovery‘s development made a concerted effort to shake things up and pursue a new audience. It is just overall unappealing to me when I see clips or the trailer and compare it to what I want out of a Star Trek story. That being said, I found it all the more fascinating that I ended up enjoying Discovery’s new comic issue.

This book follows the story of a Klingon child and his less-than-honorable house that makes his climb to power all the more entertaining. T’Kuvma, fans of the TV series will know, embodies many classic Klingon principles and following his childhood through a difficult time offers a compelling story. I do know enough of the TV series to note the story structure is much more of a long-form arch than just the alien-of-the-week style of yore, and that element helps this comic structure the tale with very nice pacing.

Klingons, in both the recent show and classic series, always walk an interesting line of brash aggression and deeply reflective tradition. The concepts introduced in the original series presented a “recognizable bad guy” and The Next Generation reinvented them as space samurai barbarians. In a way, despite the reinventions and changes I don’t enjoy in Discovery, I must admit that I am looking at the most interesting version of Klingons yet. T’Kuvma will eventually help unite the Klingon Empire and ultimately die with the belief that his life will be one sung of in legends, but getting more depth into his backstory and the life he lived remains to be a strong pull that will help this comic series stay in my queue.

Still, there are a couple small gripes that keep me hesitant to recommend this book to anyone. The art without context is pretty good, but several frames have facial expressions that seem to conflict with the dialogue. Some characters seem apathetic or sleepy while arguing with a clearly angry character. I’m also thankful the characters mention each other by name so frequently because it would be difficult to recognize any individual without the nametags present.

These gripes aside, I’m very hopeful to see this series continue on the path they’ve set up and ultimately pay off with something more than “be sure to watch Star Trek Discovery on CBS All Access!”

About the Author

Cameron McFarland

Cameron loves cartoons and bad movies almost as much as bad cartoon movies. He is also the world's best spaghetti-eater, so don't bring it up around him or he won't shut up about it. Author and Artist for world-reviled World of Warcraft fancomic,