The journey continues for Pike, Spock, and L’Rell as peace talks convene in the second issue of “Aftermath”. Nothing could possibly go wrong when the Federation and Klingons meet to talk peace. Right?
Star Trek: Discovery – Aftermath – Issue 2
Writers: Mike Johnson and Kirsten Beyer
Artist: Tony Shasteen
Be aware, the following review contains spoilers for “Aftermath” Issue 1.
Vaset III becomes the focal point of the journey forward as Pike and Spock join Admiral Shallek and a group of Starfleet officers in welcoming the Klingons to peace talks. A pensive Spock takes centre stage throughout the story as both sides posture while the fragility of peace stands in the balance.
Spock maintains a reflective position through much of the story, until events compel action and factions within the Klingon Empire rear their weapons to make their displeasure known. The story moves along at a brisk clip, and while covering only a brief span of time, it continues to whet the appetite for further developments in the storyline.
Some of the nods from issue 1 pay off well. Kor once again appears, though in this issue his role is more restrained than in the previous outing. The reference to the ‘worm dish’ comes to fruition in a particularly amusing set of panels in the midst of this month’s story.
Oddities pop up, however. A Starfleet admiral wearing a white dress uniform with a regular Starfleet insignia (not the blue uniform with Admiral’s badge seen on Cornwell and company during Discovery); a map of the Federation drawn straight out of the Star Fleet Technical Manual by Franz Joseph… and then, there is the Enterprise. She looks, shall we say, different than we have come to expect her in the Discovery universe – and no explanation is given.
The stunning cover by Angel Hernandez and J.D. Mettler serves to set the tone for the issue, while the photo retailer incentive cover is a disappointment, bearing no relation to the story in the slightest. The art within the issue remains of somewhat variable quality. The first set of four frames basically appear to be the exact same art zoomed in on at four different degrees of viewing, and Pike especially seems to de-age at points in the story. A few frames, surrounding a meal at the peace conference, even made me think of the Animated Series. Not specifically a ding, but they certainly felt out of place alongside the rest of the issue.
Overall, Issue 2 continues to provide solid, if slow, development of the overall storyline, and is a welcome addition for fans of both Discovery and the Pike/Spock relationship.