Star Trek: The Q Conflict #1
Scott Tipton (Writer), David Tipton (Writer), David Messina (Artist), Elisabetta D’Amico (Artist), Alexandra Alexakis (Colours), Neil Uyetake (Letters)
30 January, 2019
Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s Enterprise has been sent by Starfleet to Cestus III, a planet whose sun has suddenly started going supernova. But this is not an isolated incident. Eight suns have gone supernova in the Beta Quadrant of the Milky Way galaxy in just two days, a ridiculously high number for the galaxy. If this isn’t a natural phenomenon, what precisely is going on?
Q. The answer is always Q. The omnipotent and all-powerful Q Continuum are at war with each other over some petty squabble, and their fight has spilled over into other realities, killing thousands. Captain Picard cannot stand for this, but when he intervenes, Picard’s crew and the crews of other Starfleet ships from across time get pulled into the Q conflict. This may just be another game for the Q, but for the humans and aliens involved, this is a matter of life and death.
I haven’t read a Star Trek comic before, but I love the franchise, and didn’t need much invitation to review The Q Conflict. Initially, I was a bit unsure of this book. The language felt forced and clunky. I found that there were far too many adverbs and “also’s” thrown in, which made reading the dialogue annoying. It didn’t feel authentic to the characters fans know and love. Having said that, after the first couple of pages, writers Scott and David Tipton seem to hit their stride, capturing the characters’ distinct voices and intonations. I could definitely hear the characters, which was incredibly enjoyable.
The plot of The Q Conflict already looks exciting. The Q are fascinating and destructive beings, and their capacity for messing with reality knows no bounds. And the Q Continuum playing a game with the Starfleet crews as their chess pieces? What could be better? I honestly can’t wait to see what’s in store for our beloved crews in the rest of the series.
I’m most excited to see how the crews interact with each other. There seems to be some implication that the crews may actually get shuffled around in coming issues of The Q Conflict and that should make for a very interesting story. Aside from Picard’s Enterprise crew, the crews of Voyager, Deep Space Nine, and Kirk’s Enterprise are all time-displaced. They will have to be very careful when interacting with each other so as to not break the temporal prime directive. Alternatively, the Q Continuum might restore them, sans their memories of this event, which means the characters will have more freedom to discuss the future. I am intrigued to see which direction the writers will go.
As one would expect from a comic series featuring characters from a six-decade long franchise, there are a ton of references and Easter Eggs to watch out for, including one villain from TOS who is going to play a very large role in this series!
The art by David Messina and Elisabetta D’Amico is a good recreation of the visuals from the television shows. They are a bit more pared back with the characters’ faces, which I wasn’t sure about at first, but it gradually grew on me. I like that you can always recognise the characters. I do appreciate how faithful the artists are to the uniforms of the characters, especially for those who don’t have standard uniforms like Seven of Nine, Quark, and Kira Nerys. And the interiors of the ships are stunning!
The artists’ work is ably helped by Alexandra Alexakis’ beautiful colours. The world of Star Trek has always been vibrant and colourful, so Alexakis certainly has her work cut out for her with The Q Conflict, but she seems to have stepped up to the plate. Alexakis has done an exceptional job with every panel, bringing the richness of the Trek-verse onto the printed page.
With comics that are based on television properties, there is always some concern about how the source material will translate into an extended universe, but I am glad to say that The Q Conflict holds up surprisingly well in its first issue. The premise is solid, the characters all seem to be getting their due, and the art is gorgeous. There is so much to love here, and all signs point to this series only getting stronger. What will happen next is anyone’s guess, but it is definitely going to be unexpected and exciting!