It’s interstellar espionage aboard the Enterprise-D when the Mirror Universe crew infiltrates Captain Picard’s ship! What are they up to? The answers are here!
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writers: Scott Tipton & David Tipton
Artists: J.K. Woodward & Josh Hood
The third issue of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror, the follow-up to the popular Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken, finally begins to answer some of the questions raised in issues one and two.
It appears that the I.S.S. Enterprise-D, the mirror universe version of the Enterprise, has been using their transporters to send members of their crew across into the main universe in order to steal supplies and equipment, things that are in very short supply to them due to blockades set up by the Klingon and Cardassians.
The thefts aren’t just to help the I.S.S. Enterprise, however, but are being used as bargaining chips in order to gain favours and alliances with other ships in the Terran Empire. It appears that the mirror Picard has bigger plans than simply filling his cargo bays.
One of the big parts of his plan appears to involve the U.S.S. Enterprise, and requires them sending a member of their own crew onto the Enterprise in order to trick them into going where they want them to be. This is what makes the third issue stand out from the others, it feels more like a heist story, with Reg Barclay training for his mission on the holodeck, the sneaking through the ship, sending false messages and knocking out guards.
It took me a while when first seeing Barclay’s practice run to realise what was going on, despite several clues throughout, such as crew members being dressed in the early season uniforms. It’s a subtle touch that you don’t even pick up on straight away, but makes perfect sense within the context of the story.
Despite some slight mishaps, such as Barclay beating the crap out of Enterprise crew members because he didn’t like that they said, it appears that the crew of the I.S.S. Enterprise have succeeded in their task of luring the Enterprise into a trap.
In the back up story, ‘Ripe For Plunder’, which is done in the same gorgeous art style as Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken, Data has continued in his search for the missing Emperor Spock, finding him hiding on a jungle planet under heavy guard. Despite all the intrigue in the main story, I’m actually more interested in finding out what’s going to happen between Data and Spock in the next issue.
With more of the plot and motivations being revealed it finally feels like Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror is stepping up in pace and excitement. Hopefully the title will continue to deliver on this quality in the upcoming issues, and will end up being as good as the previous story.