Monday, November 9, 2020

Review of "Star Trek Early Voyages: Pike vs. Kaaj Mortal Enemies!" Written by Ian Edginton and Dan Abnett

 Review of

Star Trek Early Voyages: Pike vs. Kaaj Mortal Enemies! Written by Ian Edginton and Dan Abnett

Five out of five stars

A ruthless Klingon on a blood hunt against Pike

 In many ways, going backwards in time through the Star Trek universe is more interesting than going into the future with new characters and worlds. For there are limits on the past that don’t apply to the future. This comic is a demonstration of that, the story features Captain Christopher Pike, the immediate predecessor of Captain Kirk as captain of the Enterprise.

 The Klingon commander Kaaj will stop at nothing in his goal of killing Pike, he will not hesitate to kill any humans and even members of his own crew in order to achieve that. By faking a message that Pike’s father is ill, he is able to lure him away from the Enterprise, alone on a shuttle. Kaaj orders that shuttle to be shot down and it crash lands on a planet colonized by humans.

 Thinking nothing of instigating an interstellar war between the Federation and the Klingons, Kaaj orders a literal scorched planet strategy in an attempt to kill Pike. Of course, the resourceful Pike and his newfound allies manage to prevail in the battle. Yet, it is a demonstration of how ruthless the Klingons can be and a harbinger of the future potential of the stories of Captain Pike. It is a great story.

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