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STAR TREK: VOYAGER – SEVEN’S RECKONING #1 review – Logical (Baker, Hernandez, Pattison, Uyetake, Marotz) IDW Publishing

Thanks to IDW Publishing for the review copy!

Confession time. There was a period of my life where I only could get one channel on my TV. And on that channel was a show called Star Trek: Voyager, an under appreciated Trek series in my opinion. And on that show were a lot of interesting characters, my favorite of which was Seven of Nine.

Seven of Nine, a human rescued from the Borg, is the Voyager version of the ‘character who learns about humanity’ much in the way Data was on The Next Generation. This issue leans into that by having her interact with Vulcan Tuvok to muse about that mystery that is humanity.

The art style reminds me of cell shading (evocative of A Scanner Darkly), but manages to capture the essence of the characters quite well. Like other IDW Trek series, this issue makes full use of the advantages of the comic medium, creating an interesting alien race that would be hard to pull off on a television CGI budget. We are given glimpses of the alien society that hint at some interesting possibilities in the future.

The plot is fairly predictable, but it is enjoyable to see the Voyager characters in action again (even Ensign Wildman is included). The issue also poses the kind of moral question that many episodes of Trek ask. While in some cases, both sides of the story are shown fairly evenly, setting up a debate, it seems pretty obvious which side our sympathies are supposed to lie here.  That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as I think the point of the story is to follow Seven’s development caused by the situation, as opposed to creating a tough moral dilemma.

If you are unfamiliar with Star Trek: Voyager, there isn’t much you need to know to read this book. Because it is focused on Seven of Nine, you don’t need to know a lot of the other characters backstories or personality yet. If you have fond memories of the show or just liked Seven of Nine, this series won’t disappoint.


Are you going to pick up the issue? Have you already? Feel free to chat with me on Twitter or leave a comment below!

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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