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We join the Voyager sailing the spaceways of the Delta Quadrant, far from the Rebellion or the dominion of the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. They are in pursuit of the Baxial, a ship under the command of Neelix and Kes. The Baxial has a shuttle in its tractor beam; the shuttle has a human onboard–all the way out here in the Delta Quadrant. Naturally, the Voyager’s human captain, Kathryn Janeway, has a vested interest in meeting the shuttle’s passenger. The shuttle manages to get loose of the Baxial’s force field, and Janeway has the shuttle’s occupant beamed aboard the Voyager. The shuttle’s passenger is named Annika Hansen. After saving Annika, Janeway has her confined to the sick bay for examination. In the time after Annika’s arrival, catastrophic malfunctions become a regular for the Voyager. Janeway’s crew assume it must be Annika’s doing somehow, but Janeway isn’t convinced. In time, the truth is revealed to be something else entirely.
Star Trek Voyager: Mirrors and Smoke #0 introduces us to the Voyager of the Mirror Universe. In this warped reality, the Voyager is an escapee of the Rebellion’s war with the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance, and Janeway has decided that she will become the Pirate Queen of the Delta Quadrant.
We don’t get to see much in the way of pirating in this comic beyond the feud between the Voyager and the Baxial.
The space pirate concept is a novel one for the Star Trek universe, and I would definitely like to see this story advanced in the future.
By the standards of Star Trek’s Mirror Universe, Janeway and her crew aren’t all that bad. There is a selfishness in Janeway’s motives, and Chikote’s backstabbing leads to the death of another crew member. However, it’s not quite the tyranny and cruel subjugation we see from other captains and crews in the Mirror Universe. It’s nice to see a dark reflection of a Star Trek crew that isn’t malicious in the most extreme ways possible.
J.K. Woodward’s artwork is fantastic. The crew members look almost identical to their on-screen counterparts with a few Mirror Universe touch-ups. Captain Janeway is absolutely jacked, and that’s pretty great. The action scenes we get are dynamic and kinetic. Woodward’s color art is similarly entrancing and gives this Mirror Universe story the ominous atmosphere it deserves.
Star Trek Voyager: Mirrors and Smoke #0 is a compelling one-shot giving us the rundown of another Mirror Universe crew. Instead of a conquering warlord, Captain Janeway has taken the role of Pirate Queen, intent on pillaging the Delta Quadrant for all its worth. It’s a fun read and earns a recommendation. Check it out.
Star Trek Voyager: Mirrors and Smoke #0 comes to us from writer Paul Allor, artist and cover artist J.K. Woodward, letterer Neil Uyetake, and variant cover artist George Caltsoudas.
Final Score: 8/10
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