Advance Review: Sisko Returns To Save the Galaxy – Again – In `Star Trek’ #1

by Tom Smithyman


Benjamin Sisko makes his long-awaited return to the Star Trek universe in this issue. But the captain doesn’t have much time to celebrate – much to readers’ chagrin. There’s a menace out in space, and Sisko needs to assemble an all-star crew to deal with it. Unfortunately, some inconsistent artwork gets in the way of a strong start to this ongoing series.


It’s Captain Benjamin Sisko the rescue.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine had one of the most epic – and controversial – endings of any Trek series by sending its captain to live with the wormhole aliens the Bajorans call the Prophets. As a result, his entire crew, as well as his son Jake, and the loyal viewers of the series all felt a profound sense of loss. But in this new ongoing series from IDW set three years after his disappearance at the conclusion of the Dominion war, Sisko returns.

As excited as Jake is to see his father return, Sisko is changed. Spending three years as a non-corporeal being with no sense of time will do that to someone, apparently. The captain knows he was sent back to stop a threat that even the Prophets are unable to fight. But the details beyond that are hazy. The only thing he can remember is the name “Hephaestus.”

As exciting as Sisko’s return is – and the creative team insists that this series is official canon Star Trek canon – it feels unsatisfying. Jake gets to hug is dad again, but there’s no real reunion with the rest of his crew. Even Kira, who witnesses his return on DS9’s promenade, simply looks to the wormhole and thanks the beings she worships. We can assume the reunions take place, but we’re robbed of actually seeing them.

Writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing have their reasons for denying us those moments – and they reward us by sprinkling in other familiar faces from across the franchise. Without getting into spoilers, Sisko assembles a team drawn from the crews of the Next Generation and Voyager in addition to some new characters. There’s even a member of his crew from the original series. Frankly, it doesn’t really matter if it’s canon, because it’s just fun seeing these characters interact with each other.

The greatest downside to the story is the inconsistency of Ramon Rosanas’ artwork. It has to be difficult to draw characters that are so beloved. Readers’ expectations are through the roof. And Rosanas sometimes delivers. But only sometimes. Too often, it’s difficult to even realize the subject is Sisko. And in a series’ first issue, where there are nine covers to choose from, his is easily the least impressive. It’s a shame – and frankly a bit of a mystery – given the importance of this flagship title to published IDW.

This issue is sure to whet its audience’s appetite for more. The hero is back, and he has an exciting team supporting him. An unknown enemy has destroyed familiar aliens. And the stakes couldn’t be higher. Hopefully the series can find its footing to make this a Trek worth taking.

Star Trek #1 will be available for purchase tomorrow.


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