I grabbed this one as part of Free Comics Day, and it turned out to be pretty interesting. After the iconic original series episode Mirror, Mirror, Trek never ventured into the Mirror Universe again until DS9, probably because the evil characters would be too contrary to TNG's utopian feel.
I find the characterizations in this story to be on target. With his ethical subroutines disabled, it wouldn't be difficult to imagine Data acting the way he does, and the author's choice to open the story from the point of view of Lt. Barclay was a good one. Barclay was always a little bit unhinged, but in an affable way, and so it serves to reason that his Mirror counterpart would be psychotic rather than merely quirky.
It was also nice to see the USS Stargazer under Picard's command, although a certain suspension of disbelief is always needed with these Mirror Universe adventures; it seems very unlikely that so many of the Next Generation cast would end up on the same ship, particularly with the Terran Empire in disarray.
The artwork was fairly well done, as it was clear that someone had done their homework with respect to the design of the Stargazer's bridge. The various displays look the way they should on a Constellation-class ship, and even the "HELM" and "NAV" text is present on the navigation console just as it was when the Stargazer appeared in the TNG episode "The Battle".
Really, my only complaint was with Picard's hyper-masculine physique. Granted, only the strong survive long enough in the Mirror Universe to rise to captain a starship, but I think the artist got a little carried away on this front. Picard looks like he has Lou Ferrigno's body with Patrick Stewart's head attached!
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Idea & Design Works (6 March 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1684051452
- ISBN-13: 978-1684051458
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.8 x 26 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)