Will this series be able to maintain the atmosphere it generated in it’s last arc? Or will it fall back into it’s more mediocre tendencies? Read on to find out.
The official description from IDW:
“Behemoth,” part 1 of 2: In the wake of their century-spanning encounter with Q, the crew of the U.S.S Enterprise leaves explored space behind to embark on a new five-year mission of discovery! Beyond the reach of Starfleet communications, they can only rely on each other when faced with their first encounter in uncharted territory—and it might be their last! Don’t miss this perfect jumping-on point for new readers, produced in association with STAR TREK writer-producer Roberto Orci!
I have to admit, I was more than a little sceptical going into this issue, as coming of the back of one of the best Star Trek comic book tales, in what IDW dubbed “the Star Trek event of 2014,” I couldn’t help but fear that returning to it’s two issue arc structure was a step backwards. Luckily that fear has been firmly extinguished, as though Behemoth still has it’s second part to prove whether it’s a great story, this opening chapter certainly shows great promise.
Mike Johnson has been creating some of his best work over the last few issues, with the last arc being the best since the series launched way back in 2011. Gladly, the writer retains this atmosphere going into the latest arc, as though it’s yet to match the sheer intrigue that The Q Gambit delivered, it not far behind. The way that Johnson spins a suspenseful, yet mysterious tale, is truly captivating, with the background emotions allowing for great depth. Despite this, I did feel the pacing was a little off, with the developments coming either too soon, or too long winded.
There have been some amazing artists that have worked on this series as of late, with Cat Staggs being a name to add to that list. Producing wonderfully detailed pencils, and sharp inks, the former Smallville artist does a brilliant job of catching the eye, with her smooth flowing layouts adding that extra layer of depth. She also manages to add the odd touch of energy to this tale, with the character emotion being exploding with passion. Additionally, we also get some amazing colours from Wes Hartman, with his palette giving great overtone.
Star Trek #41 sees the start of a new tale, and though I feared that a return to two part stories was a step in the wrong direction, the suspenseful narrative has proven otherwise. Having some wonderful character interaction, and intriguing developments, Behemoth shows great promise, and I can only hope it lives up to it.