On September 8, 2016 the Star Trek fandom marked a significant milestone, the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, the groundbreaking show that changed television and science-fiction forever. In fact, all of last year was dedicated to this celebration in a number of ways, such as the release of multiple novels from Simon & Schuster as well as the release of the third movie in the rebooted franchise, Star Trek: Beyond. It is indeed a celebration like none other because what Gene Roddenberry and others created all those years ago still has huge ramifications for all of us.
The Legacies trilogy is part of this grand celebration, bringing together fan-favourite writers like Greg Cox, David Mack, Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore to present a riveting story that goes all the way back to the core history of the series itself and features none other than Number One. An away mission gone-wrong in hostile territory, a promise fulfilled after eighteen years, interstellar conflict, spies and espionage, Legacies has everything that has come to define Star Trek over the years and is a great series to read, even for any newcomers to the franchise.
As per my plans, I didn’t do one of these posts in the past 2 weeks since I was on a holiday. And a great holiday it was indeed. I didn’t get to do more than a very small handful of reviews, more like just two or three in all, but I managed to read a fair bit and kept myself on target for my comics reading.
The surprise hits of this week were Storm #1 from Marvel and Star Spangled War Stories #1 from DC Comics. The surprise flop of the week would be Batman #33 from DC Comics. Not exactly a bad comic but just a disappointing one. All the other comics were pretty much good, excepting Flash #33, where I still can’t really connect with what the new creative team is doing there. I wanted to read a trade paperback comic as well during this week, but the first few days of the vacation were very busy and all these comics were pretty much read in the last 2-3 days of the week so that didn’t happen.
Something I’ve remarked on before is that IDW Publishing seems to be doing a pretty good job with its Star Trek line of comics. They publish the books on a bi-monthly schedule, which is pretty impressive, and to go with that they also publish occasional specials and one-shots that expand on one area or the other of the entire franchise. I’ve had some good fun reading some of the recent comics, especially the Abramsverse line of Star Trek: Ongoing set in the new timeline from the rebooted film franchise, and am looking to delve further into the whole thing.
IDW’s latest Star Trek special, Flesh and Stone, is basically fan-service to every fan out there who loves some of the franchise’ most important leading heroes, the doctors of Starfleet Medical. About to gather for an important medical conference on Federation Starbase near the Tholian border, the doctors find themselves in a medical emergency and have to play medical detectives to find out the root cause and cure for the sickness that has claimed all the personnel at the Starbase. The Tiptons tell a wonderful and simplistic tale here as the Sharp Brothers do a damn good job with the artwork. More specials like this are most welcome.
A few months ago IDW began a new series of Star Trek comics. These are quite different from normal comics in that they feature photo-realistic artwork, i.e., all the characters and scenes are as they appeared in Star Trek: The Original Series rather than an artist’s free inspiration. Called photonovels by IDW’s Star Trek team, the first issue was quite a fun little story that tied into the original show and gave a fun new story for readers and fans. And now IDW is going full-out with these, creating an entire line of such comics, and I think that it is a fantastic time for such an experiment.
Star Trek: New Visions #1 is the first of this new series and it ties into the episode where we saw the Enterprise of another reality, one where the Federation is a tyrannical conqueror rather than a multi-species alliance united in common cause. The issue picks up quite soon after the events of that episode and then it moves forward, charting new territory and bringing back some old characters in new forms. And the ending, well that’s a kicker all right. John Byrne’s photomontage/story is pretty excellent here and the experience is just as intense and entertaining as the original episode was. Read the rest of this entry
Another week of more than 20 comics read, and this week I went for something a bit different and tried to read as many of the comics from the Big 2 as I could since I’m a bit behind on that score and needed to catch up. But that wasn’t all of course, since I also got a start on IDW’s Star Trek and finished up Dynamite’s Kings Watch among other titles.
The surprise hit of this week would definitely be Nailbiter #1 from Image Comics and Neverland: Age of Darkness #1 from Zenescope whereas the surprise flops would be Marvel’s Cyclops #1 and DC’s Batman: Eternal #5. No idea what is going on with those titles, although I hope that they both improve. Series that I expected to be good, such as DC’s The Movement #12 and Marvel’s Black Widow, were what I wanted them to be and that pleases me immensely. And Dynamite’s Kings Watch should rate a mention since the series ended on a high with the last two issues. No graphic novels this week, as I was a bit too cramped for time otherwise, but hopefully the new week will be different.
Last year it was announced that the Typhon Pact series would continue with a new “event” called The Fall which would work across multiple books and involve some of the biggest names in both Star Trek fiction and the Star Trek setting. Earlier this year I read the first book in the series, Revelation and Dust by David R. George III and it proved to be a fairly good read, better than expected in many cases. Having fallen off reading any Star Trek fiction ages ago, I was quite unprepared for all the new changes that had been afoot at DS9 ever since the show stopped. But getting back in touch with the characters proved surprisingly easy.
And that’s what happened again with Una McCormack’s The Crimson Shadow, which is the second book in the series and focuses on a small number of crew from the Enterprise-E alongside several Cardassian characters, especially one of my favourites, Elim Garak from DS9. The Crimson Shadow was, unreservedly, an awesome read that dealt with Cardassian politics and the continuing rebuilding of their homeworld after the attacks of the Dominion several years ago. Una McCormack’s characters are extremely fun to read about and she tells a really exciting and interesting story that also ends up having some allegorical meanings.