Book Review: Star Trek: After Darkness

Star Trek Volume 6: After DarknessStar Trek Volume 6: After Darkness by Mike Johnson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is the second book I have read that is attached to the re-imagined ST Universe and my first as a digital copy. The big things that jump out is that the digital artwork looks great on the larger screens but appears a bit washed/stretched on my small SGS3 phone. The second is that the sketch work related to the movie are a nice addition but it can detracting to the storyline. As a whole, the story is ok but not great and seems like a slight rehash of the whole Pon Farr concept, Section 31, and the Klingon/Romulan rivalry. The cliffhanger is placed in a nice spot but not enough is revealed to make me want to continue.

So a group from Section 31, is secretly working with Klingons and Romulans in a plot that is not clearly explained in any way. While this is going Spock begins to experience Pon Farr; however, the temples on New Vulcan cannot help him or a small group of Vulcans who are experiencing it as well. Spock and the group go rogue and run off to the lava fields of new Vulcan. The drawings seem to borrow heavily from SW epIII. As we follow Spock, it is revealed that a Federation mining colony is being built on another planet and the Romulans and Klingons are deeply interested. A group of Section 31 personnel are seen, but not shown, speaking about how they can get involved in the process as well. Insert cliffhanger here. Back to the Vulcans and a transporter trick from Scotty to save the day. End story. Its nice but clearly there is no real known plot lines for the next movie in the series; so, it draws heavily from what is seen in Into Darkness with no reflection on that story line at all except for the planets that are shown.

I reviewed this book for NetGalley.

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