Title: Star Trek The Next Generation: Through the Mirror #4
Script: David Tipton & Scott Tipton
Pencils: Carlos Nieto
Colors: Fran Gamboa
Letters: AndWorld Design
Publication Date: May, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Finally, Mirror Picard’s plot is revealed! It’s Enterprise crew versus Enterprise crew, with the fate of a galaxy hanging in the balance!
After two less memorable forays, things really start to get moving in this issue of Through the Mirror. After getting aboard the Enterprise, members of the evil crew begin enacting their master plan, and after enacting their sabotage, they escape back to their own craft. Luckily, it is not that easy to pull one over on Pickard and company which sets up a confrontation for the final issue.
This issue redeems some of the missteps of prior issues. There are a few instances of clever writing. There is one scene in particular between alternate Deanna and Barclay that did show the depravity of the bizzarro-like nature of this alternate reality. The Tiptons have been consistent throughout the series in their portrayal of the alternate reality characters. They are a little over the top in their “evilness” and that continues in the writing of this issue. However, the alternate reality and exploring those characters are the draw for this series. There is more exposure of those characters in this issue than any of the previous issues which is a strong point. Those evil characters can be a little cliche in their personalities but it is still fun getting more glimpses into them.
The art by Carlos Nieto does an admirable job showing the story to the reader. Nieto’s illustrations complement and is in-sync with the script. There are a few odd poses portrayed by some of the characters that do knock the style down a notch, but Issue #4 does definitely build towards a climactic final installment and it did bring back my interest in the series.
The Bottom Line:
A quick-moving issue that builds towards a climatic final collision of realities.