Star Trek Volume 6: After Darkness
by Mike Johnson
Edited by Justin Eisinger and Alanzo Simon
Cover Artist: Tim Bradstreet
Review by Gayle Surrette
IDW Publishing Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781613777961
Date: 19 November 2013 List Price $17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
The artwork is beautiful and the characters are recognizable, looking uncannily like the actors who played the parts in the current crop of movies. The space background is lovely, incorporating what we now know about space. Between scenes there are some photographs and cover separators -- each highlighting one of the characters.
Overall, I thought the story line was a bit thin. The team building thread that ran through and held things together along with the set up of the way Kirk intends to run his ship over the next five years is well shown within the two stories that make up volume 6.
First, Spock enters pon farr and is having great difficulty controlling his emotions. Usually, when a Vulcan enters this state they immediately return home to their planet; however, in this case their planet is gone. All that they have is one colony on a new world. This change to a new planet has caused a number of unforeseen consequences that Kirk, Spock, and his crew must help deal with in order to save Spock.
The Enterprise is also sent to check in on a mining research and survey crew. They find that the crew has been attacked by Gorns. The survivors are moved to the Enterprise for treatment and recovery. When Kirk attempts to contact the Gorn for negotiating a cease fire, he learns that maybe things are not quite what they seem.
The volume is quite what you'd expect and, while the plots were a bit thin, the stories were entertaining and the artwork supported the storyline to great effect.