Star Trek: Day of Blood #1 kicks off an epic crossover
I’ll admit it… I’m a Trekkie.
For those of y’all who don’t know, a Trekkie is a fan of Star Trek. This American science fiction media franchise began with a 1960s television series and has evolved into a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon. I love all the Star Trek television shows. From The Original Series (TOS) to the most recent seasons of Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds streaming series. Here’s a fun fact: I also love Star Trek comic books! As a kid, I was a huge fan of the DC Comics run of both Star Trek and The Next Generation (TNG) comics, especially since you had actual Star Trek novelists like Peter David writing issues.
Some Background: IDW’s adventure publishing Star Trek comics
Recently I have also become a fan of IDW Publishing’s Star Trek comics. I didn’t realize it until I started writing this review, but IDW has been putting out Star Trek comic books since 2007. I didn’t add the title to my pull list until the 1st issue of the main ongoing Star Trek series that stars Captain Benjamin Sisko from Star Trek Deep Space Nine (ST: DS9) came out in October 2022, and it was one of the best new comic books that hit the shelf last year.
That comic book eventually spun off a new title called Star Trek: Defiant, which starred the Klingon Worf as the Captain of the Defiant, the primary Starship from ST: DS9e with Ambassador Spock of the TOS as his first officer. Oh, by the way, did I forget to mention that Mr. Worf is on the outs with Captain Sisko because of a recent mission they were on together that led to Worf stealing the Defiant? Yeah, it’s all very interesting, to say the least.
Getting into Day of Blood
All of this brings us to Star Trek: Day of Blood #1 by Christoper Cantwell, Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing, art by Ramon Rosans, and colors by Lee Loughridge. Within the first few pages, you catch up with everything happening with Captain Sisko’s crew, and there are tons of starships for science fiction fans to salivate over. Seriously, if you love starships, this is the book for you because the art is fire.
I also love that in addition to Scotty from TOS, Commander Data, and Dr. Crusher from TNG, you have Lieutenant Tom Paris from Star Trek: Voyager (ST: Voy) and Lieutenant Shaxs from Star Trek: Lower Decks (yes, there are even characters from the Star Trek: Lower Decks animated series making appearances here) as part of Siskos Senior Staff for the USS Theses—a Discovery-class experimental cruiser. Then on the Defiant, we have the Romulan Commander Sela, the half-human daughter of an alternate universe Tasha Yar from TNG; Lore, the android brother of Data; Starfleet Deserter Ro Laren, and B’elanna Torres, former chief engineer of the Starship Voyager, rounding out the crew. It’s always a special moment when 2 Star Trek Crews meet up, and the crossover featured in this issue does not disappoint, especially when we get the cast paired up and engaging with one another.
Of course, the issue ends on a cliffhanger since this is only the 1st part of a 5-part story. But it is an excellent setup for what I expect will end up a glorious and epic battle. Star Trek: Day of Blood #1 is sure to satisfy any Trekkie looking for a fix. Seeing as this comic book is in essence, an action movie with Starfleet’s finest going up against the Klingons, the classic warrior villains of the 1960s series. I definitely recommend you pick this up when it hits the stands.
Star Trek: Day of Blood #1 is available now!