Star Trek #13 Review: Boldy Still Going

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The crew deals with the fallout of the Day of Blood crossover in IDW‘s Star Trek #13, written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing with art by Marcus To.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Star Trek #13 Review:

After a successful rogue mission against the Klingons, Benjamin Sisko and crew are taking a breather and figuring out what’s next. So… What’s next for the crew of the Theseus?

Host Justin Tyler kicked things off noting how much he loves this book, saying it is “Bringing in some new energy” to the Star Trek franchise. “This book continues to be a fun surprise, resetting for a full new story here while following up on some of the [plot points from] before. I am so surprised by this. I’ve been recommending this book to anybody I know is a Star Trek fan that is maybe not reading comics.”

Pete LePage agreed, adding that, “this continues to be another great Star Trek issue. They do such a good job with this and they continue to kill it.”

However, Alex Zalben wasn’t quite on the same page as the other two. “I’m alright with this,” Zalben said. “I like Star Trek: Defiant better at this point… I want a different take on this. If you’re going to do [Star Trek] in comics, I want it to be something different than just, here’s a Star Trek show in comic book form.”

Zalben pointed out how the currently running Star Trek: Strange New Worlds – The Scorpius Run channels the Paramount+ series, while giving different visuals and settings, with a concrete, “fun lark” of a story.”

Tyler disagreed with Zalben, saying that, “Star Trek, to me is giving a very clear, different mission here. And with the Star Trek book, they’re like, ‘Well, you have this weird ship. Why don’t you go off on Star Trek missions.’ That’s great. That’s what I want them to be doing.”

Star Trek #13 Official Synopsis:

Arc three of the acclaimed Star Trek ongoing series starts here! Captain Benjamin Sisko’s quest to defeat the killer of gods is at an end, and the Prophets beckon him home to the Celestial Temple. He’s earned his rest, but when Starfleet requests his help to stop a familiar foe, the Tzenkethi Coalition, from launching the largest fleet in their history, Sisko and the Theseus’ crew set out to once again save the galaxy. But there’s a reason this species of spiritually rich, reptilian lizard birds has twice defeated Starfleet in battle. They’re xenophobic, ruthless, and innovative…and confronting them on their home turf, a planet thought to be an organism itself, is as good a death sentence as any.

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