Anyway, Star Trek #26 brings us to part two. Last we left our heroes, they had just responded to a “distress” signal from the Klingons. When they arrived, everyone was presumed dead but additional Klingon warships arrived. They captured Kirk and the rest of the landing party. The most important aspect of these ships was their resemblance to Nero’s own Romulan vessel for the first Abrams Star Trek film. With Kirk and Bones captured and the Enterprises surrounded, issue #26 begins. This is a strong issue. The story continues to progress nicely and we finally get to interact with the Klingons on a significant level. Let’s face it, whether or not the Klingons are your favorite alien species from Star Trek, the series has certainly built a lot of culture and explanation around them, making them one of the deeper, more uniquely complex species. With Spock in command, yet again, he must choose how to proceed with unknown Klingon power barreling down on the Enterprise. Meanwhile, Section 31 and the Romulans are continuing their plan to attack and wipe out the Klingon Empire.
This issue focuses on two significant aspects. The first piece is that the Klingons aren’t necessarily looking for war but they are excited that one has come knocking on their doorstep. The second aspect is that Section 31 and the Romulans are essentially just waiting for the other to betray them. It stands for a very shaky alliance that might put the Klingons (especially with their new ships) at an advantage. Meanwhile, the Federation, we are to assume, still has no clue that there is a rogue, heavily militaristic faction readying for war against the one of the most powerful forces of the Alpha Quadrant.
As per usual, the artwork is just stellar. The characters continue to look like the real deal while the ship designs are very cool. In fact, there is a new Federation ship that shows up that is a really interesting design, something I am hoping to learn more about in future issues. The complexity of the story also means that Erfan Fajar must now drawer the normal Enterprise crew along with Romulan and Klingon crews. It’s very impressive.
Overall, the series has gotten better since the film. Now that the creative team is free to explore strange new worlds, as it were, they are open to new ideas and more complex stories. I feel like the series was handcuffed by the sequel for far too long. While the character specific issues were fun, we are finally getting into the meat of the Enterprise and her crew. Sure, they haven’t gone on their Five Year Mission just yet but I think a war between the three strongest factions of the quadrant will surely keep them busy for quite some time. Additionally, it’s really cool seeing how the first two Abrams films are affecting the prime timeline. We have seen so many changes and “The Khitomer Conflict” will certainly not be the last, I’m sure.
Oh and for those of you curious, the featured image is the Subscription Cover, not the normal cover for this issue.