Star Trek #30 Parallel lives, Part 2 of 2
Written by Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Roberto Orci
Art by Yasmin Liang
Colors by Zac Atkinson
Letters by Gilberto Lazcano
Cover by Cat Staggs IDW Publishing
Release Date: February 26, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99
The previous issue of IDW’s Star Trek comic book series began the Parallel Lives storyline by introducing us to Jane Kirk, Captain of the USS Enterprise, and her crew. This issue, Star Trek, written by Mike Johnson, brings to a close one of the finest ‘episodes’ to come out of the divergent J.J. Abrams timeline.
When confronted with Jane Kirk and her predominately female crew, the first thing I noticed was the realization that I am a total misogynist. I didn’t realize it (my wife knew), but I suppose I was living denial. Having all the genders reversed showed how male-dominated crew positions on the Enterprise tend to be. Something I would not have noticed before.
Due to a random spatial anomaly, Captain Kirk and her crew are shifted to a parallel universe. When Jane’s Enterprise emerges from the anomaly, they encounter faces that will be familiar to the reader as they are greeted by Captain James Kirk and his crew.
What follows is an exciting clash of random parallel interactions, which include ‘Mirror, Mirror’ Kirk (William Shatner) and (J.J. Abrams era) Klingons in Starfleet uniforms. As you can imagine a situation that includes two Spocks, two Kirks, and two Enterprise crews working together means the gang isn’t likely to be stymied by much for very long.
The fun of this issue lies in the interactions between the doppelgangers. Spock remains unflappable. Scotty is on the edge of freaking out, and both Dr. McCoys remain as salty as ever. If there was any difference in the characters, it was James T. remaining playfully aloof while Jane T. remained strictly business.
Being that it was her Enterprise that shifted, I am willing to lend understanding to her plight in the story.
On the whole, it’s a classic Star Trek episode, complete with the appropriate techno babble and science explanation the franchise is famous for. Both Captain Kirks conducted themselves in the correct fashion, which almost begs the question: Does gender matter? In the Star Trek universe, my Cro-Magnon misogyny has gone the way of the dodo. So I believe Jane Kirk would have succeeded as James Kirk did.