Review of IDW's Star Trek #13 by Mike Johnson & Stephen Molnar
First I have to say this is my first time checking out IDW's Star Trek series. I was unsure whether it would be a new-reader friendly issue, but a combination of curiousity and admiration for the cover got the best of me. So to answer my own question - yes, it was new-reader friendly, now onto the important part - was it good?
The series is based off of the movie version of the original series reboot, which I liked and it fed into the story possibilities for this issue. It focuses on Hendorff, a name that may not be familiar until I tell point out that he is the starfleet cadet that Kirk got into a fight with at the bar and who later, working security on the Enterprise, nabs Kirk and Scotty after the return to the enterprise. You know... "Cupcake". This issue is told from his narrative as he writes his parents a letter recounting his recent adventures.
Author Mike Johnson hits all the right notes as he touches on many of the questions left to fans after the first movie: Kirk's fast promotion, the crews reaction to their new and young officers and most of all: being a 'redshirt'. After all the fun made about the poor 'redshirts' in the Star Trek universe, it's nice to a see a genuine aproach taken toward them. After all, they are the working class, the grunts on the front line and not to take anything away from the redshirt fun, but this story has a well deserved spot for showing respect to those kind of positions. Positions that often make the world tick and make it possible for others to do what they do.
The art is on the mark as well (I already mentioned the outstanding cover). Stephen Molnar does a good job with the characters and their resemblance to their movie counterparts is uncanny. Overall I thought the issue made a great companion to the movie and I am looking forward to trying out the next issue to see where it takes us. So to answer my final question - yes: it was a good issue.