Warning: accommodates spoilers for Star Trek: Holo-Ween #1!The Star Trek franchise has dabbled in horror earlier than, however IDW’s new Star Trek: Holo-Ween miniseries is its darkest try but. The four-issue miniseries, that includes the forged of Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology, takes the crew of the Enterprise on a journey into the depths of terror, as a robust villain from the Unique Sequence returns to unfold worry and horror – simply in time for Halloween.
Star Trek: Holo-Ween #1 is written by Chris Sequeira and drawn by Joe Eisma. Set throughout Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology’s seventh season, the crew of the Enterprise begins experiencing odd phenomena after passing via a galactic storm, and when crew members begin going lacking, Picard and firm notice one thing is amiss. Concern, mistrust and paranoia start working rampant via the ship, and as order breaks down, Picard should battle to not solely keep management of the Enterprise, however take the ship again from the darkish forces which have laid siege to it. The crew of the Enterprise have identified worry earlier than, however by no means like this.
At its core, Star Trek rejects ideas akin to ghosts, witches and vampires, which makes telling horror-themed tales troublesome. Star Trek’s second season featured two episodes skirting the horror style: ‘Catspaw,’ by which superior aliens, posing as witches and warlocks, tried to take over the ship, and ‘Wolf within the Fold,’ a twenty third century riff on Jack the Ripper. Every of those episodes put a humanistic, science fiction-oriented spin on traditional tales and tropes, and but nonetheless conveyed the sense of dread and menace that provides horror fiction its heft. Now, IDW Publishing is taking Star Trek again to the world of horror in the dead of night and unsettling Holo-Ween, which pays tribute to those episodes by bringing again Redjac, aka Jack the Ripper.
Star Trek‘s makes an attempt at telling horror tales prior to now have been at all times grounded within the “actual world,” the place the whole lot could possibly be defined away with scientific jargon, and Holo-Ween continues this, however ramps up the darkness and dread. Removed from a one-off romp, Holo-Ween’s predominant villain might be acquainted to longtime Star Trek followers, and right here they’re their most terrifying. Redjac begins a relentless assault on the Enterprise, capturing crew members and subjecting them to its brutal and horrific whims. Star Trek: Holo-Ween #1 is tight and centered, switching from character to character as they slowly start to comprehend one thing has gone terribly improper. Sequeira’s writing ensures that every horror vignette is completely paced as half of a bigger story, whereas Eisma’s artwork provides a haunting grittiness to places followers although they knew inside out. Holo-Ween is a love letter to Star Trek, but in addition traditional horror cinema, and finds the proper aesthetic to carry the 2 collectively.
Star Trek: Holo-Ween #1 not solely performs round with tropes and characters from horror fiction, akin to Frankenstein’s monster, but in addition from Trek on the whole, particularly the now iconic holodeck malfunctions. Quite a few Trek episodes have revolved round Holodeck malfunctions, however Holo-Ween makes up for revisiting this concept by pulling no punches in the dead of night prospects it creates. The sinister drive that invades the Enterprise makes the Holodeck its personal, turning it from an instrument of delight and leisure to one in every of torture and horror. Whereas not for the faint of coronary heart, Star Trek: Holo-Ween #1 remains to be an enormously satisfying learn – and the franchise’s darkest tackle horror but.
Star Trek: Holo-Ween #1 is on sale October 4 from IDW Publishing!