Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror #2

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Writer: Scott & David Tipton

Artist: Chris Johnson, J.K. Woodward, Jason Lewis

When the Enterprise-D discovers a burned-out, pillaged Andorian vessel, the search for the culprits behind it leads to some startlingly familiar faces!

Through the Mirror continues this week, with new developments in both timelines. To recap issue #1, Prime Timeline saw crew members from the Mirror Universe break onto Federation mining sites to steal equipment and shoot a redshirt (naturally), and the Mirror Universe, months ago, discovered Spock is alive and need to find him.

First, let’s head back into the Prime Timeline. Worf returns to the Enterprise to interrogate Lieutenant Jones, who most definitely did not grow a goatee and hideout on Naia IV and the ship’s logs prove it. Everyone seems to get over this pretty quickly (Worf at least asks “do you have a brother?”) because a more pressing emergency comes up (more pressing than a crewmember’s doppelganger just murdered another crewmember?) — a distress call from an Andorian battleship.

A small team beam aboard the Andorian ship and discover a massacre. It’s actually pretty gruesome! Almost the entire crew has been slaughtered, and there are bodies and blood everywhere. It’s a surprisingly dark scene, even moreso when they surmise the crew was killed by regulation blasters and could have been an inside job from Starfleet.

In the last issue, the Prime Timeline was a lot more action/suspense while the Mirror Timeline was dark, but it seems they have swapped this week! While the Prime crew are discovering their Mirror selves are the ones who carried out such a vicious attack, Mirror Data is going on a scavenger hunt.

Data is on the hunt for information about Spock, who’s post-Emporer life has been wiped from all records. He meets with several shady characters and travels across the galaxy in search of new information and ends up on a mysterious planet. We don’t get to see what exactly Data has found yet — or who is the source of this information.

The format, with two stories in one book,  is interesting although it takes a little getting used to. I’m still looking forward to seeing how they connect and make a more cohesive book, as right now they’re on completely different pages.

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Through the Mirror #2 is now available from IDW Publishing.

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