The book is written by Paul Cornell, his first Star Trek fiction as far as I can tell (he's done some articles and an unofficial episode guide before), but he has long list of credits on-screen, in books, and comics, including a lot of Doctor Who in all formats. Art comes from Christopher Jones, also new to Trek I think, but a busy comics artist, working on lots of DC books, and plenty of Doctor Who too. The pairing has delivered nicely here with an ambitiously wide ranging story calling on the art to delivery lots of distinct time periods and places.
|A romantic holiday for Starfleet captains|
Rhone is an instantly likable character, comfortably taking the lead with Kirk, and putting him in place when needed. There's a remarkably strong chemistry formed between the pair, cutely set up over the first few pages with scenes with the pair in bed acting as a visual full stop to every alternate page in the sequence of encounters.
|An era spanning love story|
I wasn't expecting a story that took a thread through Kirk's life (even dipping into his past relationships as a way of driving the events of this story), so found this book a very pleasant surprise. The era-spanning story made for a visually varied book, not just in the changing settings and styles, but the aging characters too. There's a depth to Rhone that you don't often get from guest characters in comics, I think partly because of how she handles the relationship with Kirk, but also because, like Kirk, she is more than herself, she is also her ship, and her crew, which loyally stick with her throughout this story.
|Captain Rhone and her loyal crew|
I assume this will be included in a future Year Five omnibus, but that hasn't been confirmed yet. For the time being you can find it at (among other places) Amazon, Things From Another World, Forbidden Planet, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.
And if you're not quite convinced, you can also check out my previous five page preview and cover gallery post.
You can find reading lists for several Star Trek comic series on my Trek Collective Lists site. To keep track of all the latest Star Trek comic releases, hit the comics button on my 2020 schedule page.
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