Advance Review: `Star Trek: Discovery – Adventures In The 32nd Century’ #4 Focuses On Linus

With a large ensemble cast and sprawling stories that take an entire season to be resolved, the Paramount Plus show Star Trek: Discovery rarely has time to focus on secondary characters. As has been seen repeatedly in the comic book series Star Trek: Discovery – Adventures in the 32nd Century, that is a shame.

The Star Trek franchise has always been about diversity, and this limited series wraps its run with a spotlight on the non-human character Lt. Linus. As a Saurian, Linus is directly descended from dinosaurs. Though a humanoid, he finds himself different from most of the rest of Discovery’s crew as he occasionally sheds his scales and is susceptible to more diseases. (His one shining moment on the streaming series was a messy sneeze in one of Discovery’s turbolifts.)

Of course, this being Star Trek, the story centers around how Linus’ differences make him a vital member of the crew. He even gets to take command of the ship when everyone else is incapacitated. It turns out having four hearts is a blessing on alien worlds.

Writer Mike Johnson has done a great job throughout this run of making these background characters not only interesting but vital to the series. That’s quite an accomplishment given how little material he was given at the outset. Artist Angel Hernandez had more to draw from and has consistently proven himself by nailing the look of each character. This issue, he’s able to truly shine as he creates vast planetscapes and some cool extraterrestrial dinos.

Unfortunately, the series is now at an end. The streaming show should take note of the of this creative team’s lessons and apply them to the ongoing series. These character-driven deep dives are ultimately more fulfilling and easier to follow than what we’re seeing from a lot of the franchise right now.

Star Trek: Discovery – Adventures in the 32nd Century #4 will be available for purchase on June 8, 2022.

 

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