Star Trek: The Tholian Webs (Pt. 2 of 2)


Star Trek: The Tholian Webs (Conclusion)

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Writer: Mike Johnson

Art: Rachael Stott Colors: Davide Mastrolonardo Letters: Robbie Robbins

Cover: Joe Corroney and Brian Miller

Release Date: July 22, 2015 

Last time in Star Trek #46… The Enterprise enters interphasic space, which begins to affect the ship and crew. Dr. McCoy (being one of the first afflicted) sedates himself, so that he causes no more harm. Meanwhile, Sulu and Scotty have hijacked the main hull and saucer sections after a mutiny (brought on by the effects of interphasic sickness), as Captain Kirk tries to regain control of a rapidly-spiraling situation. To make things more interesting, the Tholians arrive and ensnare the separated ship in their energy webs…

Lieutenant’s Log: Captain Kirk is feeling like a complete failure, at the beginning of issue #47, and yet – he’s not ready to give up entirely, either; that isn’t even an option, as it is not in his nature. Luckily, the captain still has a few members of the crew who are not affected by interphasic space, giving Jim, at least, a fighting chance to survive this encounter in one piece – literally. 

Once again, Mike Johnson has put a great spin on a ‘classic’ episode, making it fresh and new. Because of the twists Johnson has provided, I even got a few echoes of ‘Mirror, Mirror’ – in regards to how Sulu behaves when he’s afflicted with interphasic space sickness; as well as in the way Uhura steps up and handles the situation. 

There were three standout moments, for me, in this issue: Uhura, Keenser and Dr. McCoy. Uhura is ‘stunning’ and it was great to see her in the ‘big chair.’ Keenser is given a spotlight to prove his loyalty to the ship; while getting a chance to score a little comeuppance on Mr. Scott, for Scotty’s haranguing him over the years. Then, Dr. McCoy’s irascible humor (when Spock revives him) made me laugh out loud. There was plenty of fun in this issue, and the conclusion (with Kirk and Keenser) was terrific. I enjoyed seeing the Tholians, as well; as opposed to re encountering the Klingons and Romulans. 

The art department brought in some great talent with Rachael Stott and Davide Mastrolonardo. They seem to have a fantastic working relationship and they compliment one another. There were a couple of likeness fails (to me) throughout, but nothing to really quibble over. Overall, though, I was impressed; especially, with the details that Stott puts into her work, and Mastrolonardo’s coloring is always  spot-on. Let’s not forget Robbie Robbins, who does a terrific job of lettering this issue. 

I was very pleased with the exceptional cover by Joe Corroney and Brian Miller, too. For one, Uhura is amazing! I get the feeling she’s about to step out of the page! And, while Corroney’s drawings are dead-on-accurate, Brian Miller’s colors for this issue are outstanding! This is a beautiful cover! 

Plus – this cover actually has relevance to what’s going on within. It’s not the usual generic cover that we’ve been seeing (of late) with the ongoing series; at least, I didn’t feel like it was generic, given that Uhura is front and center (literally), and she shines in this issue. Bottom line: Wow!

This was a nice break from the last few storylines, with some great twists, lots of humor and a few surprising character spotlights; in addition to getting a new look at an old adversary. The art is well-above average with sensational coloring and, my gods – that Corroney/Miller cover is AWESOME!! 

Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

‘Til, next time, see ya ‘out there…’ 

Lt. Eric Cone 



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