Star Trek: LIVE^EVIL #52


Hey Folks! Yesterday was a good day to die (in a comic book)! That’s right! The conclusion to IDW’s Star Trek: LIVE^EVIL #52 released yesterday, and it wasn’t a happy ending for most of the ‘Mirror Universe’ crew. By my reckoning, the I.S.S. Enterprise has 3 remaining original characters left: Kirk, Bones and Uhura. But, I’ll leave it to you to see how this exceptional story arc ended. 


Star Trek: LIVE^EVIL #52 (Part 3 of 3) 

Published by: IDW Publishing. Written by: Mike Johnson. Art by: Tony Shasteen and Davide Mastrolonardo. Lettered by: Chris Mowry. Edited by: Sarah Gaydos. Story Consultant: Roberto Orci. Release Date: Dec. 9, 2015 


The Story: Kirk faces-off with ‘Mirror’ Kirk, on the bridge; ‘Mirror’ Spock faces-off with Spock, on Vulcan; the U.S.S. Enterprise faces-off with the I.S.S. Enterprise, near the unusual, universe-shifting, reality-twisting, ion storm’s coordinates; the Botany Bay, with augment Khannnnnnnnnnnnn!! Noonien Singh as her captain, faces them all… 


Lieutenant’s Log: Look at that art! My god, that’s fantastic! And, that’s just a taste of what you’ll find in this phenomenal conclusion. Mike Johnson and Co. have hit a grand slam! Starting with the explosive setup in Issue 50!! (including all of that brillant bonus-material that followed), setting us up with Issue 51 – a solid bridge-issue; then bringing it to a very good, satisfying close. I was actually laughing in a few places, too. Thanks to Johnson’s spot-on writing, in-concert with Shasteen/Mastrolonardo’s incredible art, I could hear Chris Pine playing the dual-roles; Quinto’s Spock, as well. 

When ‘Mirror’ Kirk finally boards his ship (having been presumed dead), what he does, had me sayin’: “Holy shit! Whoa!!” The interplay between the two Kirk’s was great. Again, I could see this playing on the screen! 

This isn’t your granddaddy’s Trek; this isn’t my Trek… This is ‘NuTrek!’ And, Johnson knows this ship (and crew) like the back of his hand!

How many of you just imagined Scotty, bonkin’-himself unconscious on a bulkhead? 😉 

This sojourn into the ‘Mirror Universe’ far-surpassed Johnson’s previous two-issue story – (back in Issues 15 & 16 – Nov2012/Jan2013); and that was a kickass story, too! That said, I’m still having difficulty reconciling those events, with everything that is happening now. The only common-denominator between the two is…none! Zero! I’ve still not heard from Mike Johnson, (to clarify); as to whether or not, this is a continuation of that prior story, or – if they are standalone-stories, with no bearing on one-another. Personally – (until I hear otherwise), I’m going to view them with the latter mindset. 

LIVE^EVIL is a helluva-good adventure. The ‘Mirror Universe’ is essentially a ‘crossover’ within the series itself, so you have to make it believable from the get-go, as to why you needed to go there, to begin with. Johnson does that; the reasoning is plausible, we jump right into the action (which brought a lot of excited Holy F@#k! reaction, from me), and the end had me on the edge of my seat. And – that was just Part 1!

The whole-series is like that! 

Plus, the cracks left in the mirror (as a result of these events), make it only a matter of time before we see another parallel-universe crossover. 

Is is just me, or does Shasteen/Mastrolonardo’s ‘Mirror’ Spock look equally badass, as the ‘classic’ goateed, green-blooded, pointy-eared hobgoblin in the TOS episode? (RIP Mr. Nimoy…) If Tony Shasteen and Davide Mastrolonardo think it’s hard bringing their very best to their art; well, imagine how hard it is to find adjectives to praise their exemplary achievements, time, and – time, again. Their work here is exceptional! And, for gods’ sakes, man – don’t ever take me to ‘Mirror’ McCoy’s sickbay! Just set the phaser to kill. 

Each of our crews’ doppelgängers had unique differences and distinguishing characteristics, but it was with ‘The Triad’ – evil Kirk, Spock and Bones, that Shasteen and Mastrolonardo impressed me the most; especially Bones! Beautiful! (Well…not really.) Check it out, for yourself. 


Overall: The folks over at IDW clearly know what the hell they’re doing. Johnson and Gaydos have a solid grasp on the Star Trek helm and their course keeps keeps doing what Trek has done for 50 years: ‘boldly going, where no man has gone before…’ 

The art-department is to be commended with the highest honors, as well. It’s visibly apparent that Tony Shasteen, Davide Mastrolonardo love what they do; and they compliment one-another brilliantly, within these pages. Good action, suspense and character-play; stellar art and production… This is #GreatStarTrek!

‘Til, next time, see ya ‘out there…’ 

Lt. Eric Cone 


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