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Review: Star Trek: Picard’s Academy Issue 3

In this review of Picard’s Academy #3, Picard’s quest to graduate early and make it to the stars reaches the practice test stage. The test does not go as well as he would like and Picard learns some lessons on the way. Will it be enough? The real exam will tell.

 

Star Trek:  Picard’s Academy #3
Writer:  Sam Maggs
Artist:  Greco Ornella
Cover Artist:  Sweeney Boo
Variant Covers:  Arianna Florean and George Kambadais
Release Date: December 13, 2023

 

 

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Star Trek: Picard’s Academy #3 – The Story

Picard chooses herself for the Captain’s chair and chooses Maneuver D. He feels it is all in his hands. The rest of his crew, his classmates seem to not take this test seriously. This drives Picard crazy. There is only a limited amount of time for this trial and time is running out. Time runs out despite Picard’s chagrin. 

The crew leaves the simulator except Resh who takes this time to confront Picard for his rash decisions. Picard insists that it is not his fault that they failed the prep test. Resh reminds Picard that he took the chair, making it his fault. Resh tells Picard that he too finds this test important and Picard’s arrogance is going to cost them all.

Resh reminds the boy that everyone has issues, not just him. Picard ignores Resh and insists that he must take the chair for the actual test. Resh has had enough and probes Picard’s mind. He sees him as a child being bullied and Picard furious starts to struggle with ‘Resh. The two finally have a fist fight on the deck. It is only when Marty and Doq return that Resh lays off. 

The two help the bloodied and beaten Picard up and take him back to the dorms. The two take this time to open up to Picard. Marty is very nervous about the test, she has never been in space before. The three actually bond in this scene and Picard may for the first time finally realize that it is not all about him after all.

The next day the crew prepared to take the maneuvering exam for real this time. Picard admits that it was good to share their fears but as they board the shuttle, Picard still thinks that he cannot be weak, he is going to prove that he is not to them all. A recipe for disaster.

 

Analysis

The concept of this series is very interesting. Up until now except for a one off episode, Picard is shown as a very cool and calculating commander. He gave the appearance of not having to prove anything. This story of a rash and young Picard is the exact opposite. Here in this story Picard is self absorbed, arrogant, rash and not trusting of his crew. He believes that everything hinges on him and his decision and he does not trust his crew, nor does he want to. 

There is an interesting voice throughout this story in dialog boxes. It is possible that this might be the elder Picard giving us his commentary of his character and actions of the past. I am hoping that that will be revealed later in this story. The commentary is separated from what is going on in the young Picard’s head by the coloring choice of using a burgundy background versus the tan test box for the thoughts of the young Picard.

The character I have the greatest issue with is Resh.  He is identified as a Betazoid and his character is almost bullish. It is shown as being a provocateur of  a lot of the conflict. He is depicted as the exact opposite of Picard except he too is arrogant as he is holding the top position of the class. A position Picardis trying to achieve for himself. It is unclear if these too will finally make a meeting of the minds but their interaction in this issue may be the sign it is heading in that direction, just not rapidly as the final panel of Picard shows.

I appreciate the art in this story. Each of the characters, though a little stylized, are distinct in their appearance. Even the humans do not look like each other. This makes it easier to follow the action especially when all of these characters, including Jean Luk Picard himself are unique. A character mainly known in his later years versus this time in the Academy. 

Picard himself does look a little like James Kirk and after reading these issues, his behavior could resemble the Lente dark Starfleet Captain, himself. An interesting choice in that the Picard we grew up with was anything but James Kirk.

 

Final Thoughts

Not a lot of real action in Star Trek: Picard’s Academy #3. However, it is very thought-provoking. The art is definitely interesting to look at and I enjoy the differences in the character despite that they are all wearing the same uniform. I like the detail of the art in this issue. Picard is shown wearing a bandaid on his face after his fight with Resh. A  condition that one of the professors notices in the end, a good detail giving this story a distinctive realism.

 

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Star trek: Picard's Academy #3
Final Thoughts
Not a lot of real action in this issue however it is very thought provoking. The art is definitely interesting to look at and I enjoy the differences in the character despite that they are all wearing the same uniform. I like the detail of the art in this issue. Picard is shown wearing a bandaid on his face after his fight with Resh. A  condition that one of the professors notices in the end, a good detail giving this story a distinctive realism.
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