|STAR TREK: DISCOVERY: SUCCESSION No. 1, April 2018|
To make matters worse, Issue One of “Star Trek: Discovery: Succession” doesn’t even provide its readership with any noticeable backstory to its cast whatsoever, simply throwing them straight in at the deep end with the destruction of the Imperial Flagship Charon and the subsequent assumption of ‘divine rule’ in the capital city, San Francisco, by Lord Alexander; “As my cousin’s only living relative, I hereby assume responsibility as leader of the Terran Empire. The Emperor is dead. Long live the Emperor.” Such political machinations and royal court conundrums, like Lord Henshu’s sudden, cold-blooded murder at the hands of the ever-ambitious Captain Detmer, are perhaps only to be expected given the brutally savage galaxy within which they occur, but surely it wouldn’t have hurt editor Sarah Gaydos to include the occasional text box within the odd panel explaining just who these various people are?
Fortunately however, such quibbles as to what motivates these characters don’t necessarily provide an impenetrable barrier to enjoying this publication, or prevent someone from becoming increasingly enthralled in the diverse intrigues of a “Mirror Universe” where absolutely no-one can be trusted, including “my most loyal aide, Commander Cornwell.” Competently pencilled by artist Angel Hernandez, the sheer number of callous betrayals depicted within this tome is both absolutely breath-taking and remarkably riveting, whether it be the “old and addled” Emperor apparently falling at the hand of her progeny’s sabotage, Alexander’s belief that he needs to “drown every non-human planet in a toxin keyed to the unique genetic makeup of each native species”, or Captain Airiam’s masterful power-play to exterminate the entire Shenzhou’s bridge crew by instantaneously depriving them of oxygen.
|Writers: Kirsten Beyer & Mike Johnson, and Art: Angel Hernandez|