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Star Trek: Picard’s Academy #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.

From New York Times best-selling author Sam Maggs (Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars and Marvel Action: Captain Marvel) comes a new ongoing series unveiling the past of one of Starfleet’s most celebrated officers: Captain Jean-Luc Picard!

Before becoming the Federation’s finest, Jean-Luc was an ordinary student at Starfleet Academy with sights on the stars. His path forward was charted: blow his classmates out of the water on the infamous Evasive Maneuvers exam and graduate early. But there’s a detail Cadet Picard hadn’t factored into his plan: the exam was a group project and he’d need to make friends with, ugh, people if he stood a chance at passing. Federation starships aren’t run by a party of one, after all.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
30 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 91


    Sam Maggs does a good job of setting things up in this first issue and brings us a Cadet Picard who isn’t particularly charismatic or likable. If anything he is a bit too serious and somewhat of a know-it-all. In contrast, Cadet Reshan is a little bit more of a fun character, but still a know-it-all but a little more of a risk taker. So much so that he is willing to cheat his way to the top.

    Overall. This first issue looks like its setting up what could be a fun series. I look forward to seeing if the comics writer includes any of the stories told about Picard’s time at the academy that got mentioned during Star Trek: The Next Generation. As there are a few good ones that they could draw upon.

  • 83

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An entertaining story for fans of Star Trek and the character Picard. I liked the lighter tone of the story as well as the overall personal tone of the story. The issue has some great character moments for Picard and I loved seeing his uncertainty, problems and potential areas of growth that he will struggle with. I look forward to seeing where this story goes next.

    The Art: Greco delivers some great visuals that match the lighter tone of the story. The visual style works perfectly with the plot and characters.

  • 80


    While he’s familiar, this isn’t the Jean-Luc Picard we’ve come to love. At least not yet. This 20-year-old version is still learning how to interact with others while charting his own course for the future. Think of it as a young adult version of Star Trek.

  • 70


    As a lifelong Star Trek fan, I have really enjoyed all of the Star Trek comics since IDW started publishing them. Star Trek: Picard Academy is the latest such new title to launch and it’s a bit different. This title is drawn by Greco Ornella in a very manga/anime type style and while it does lend itself to an Academy type environment, I felt it was a bit odd. What I mean is that I’m used to seeing Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation with its ’80s-’90s chic, and then more recently with Star Trek: Picard’s contemporary aesthetic. The looks of the rest of IDW’s Star Trek comics lean very close to the looks of the shows and movies from which the characters therein are drawn and this is far from it.

    That said, this is a fun little romp that looks like it’s for kids but doesn’t eschew swear words. And it’s Star Trek. And it has Boothby and Professor Galen. And…Spock? Okay, I’m in. I gotta read Star Trek: Picard Academy #2 to find out where this cliff hanger goes. LLAP until next month!

  • 70

    Picard’s Academy takes readers back on a light journey through Jean-Luc’s first days at Starfleet Academy. This debut issue features a feather light script from Sam Maggs, and lineart that evokes the feeling of a classic Saturday morning cartoon. It’s humorous and clips along at a brisk pace, even though it runs into the trap of featuring an antagonist that’s simply the opposite of its protagonist.

  • 60

    Set The Tape

    With the foundations having now been laid down by Maggs, and a final killer frame which pretty much ensures the reader will want to return for the next issue, it remains to be seen if she can deliver on the setup and make it pay off. Not yet top of the class, and potentially must try harder.

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