Monday, April 2, 2012

Graphic Novel Review: Star Trek, Volume 1


by Mike Johnson, Steve Molnar 

Genre: Sci-fi/Sequential Arts/Graphic Novel
Reading Grade: Adult
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
Source: NetGalley
Age Rating: 14+

The adventures of the Starship Enterprise continue in this new story that picks up where the blockbuster 2009 film left off. Featuring the new cast of the film, these missions re-imagine the stories from the original series in the alternate time-line created by the film, along with new threats and characters never seen before. With creative collaboration from Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci, this new series begins the countdown to the much-anticipated movie sequel premiering in 2013. 

 

My Review

  • Plot: This is a new in-between comic book series that takes place after the 2009 Star Trek movie, but before the sequel film due out in 2013. Because it's a serialized comic book, very little actually happens in this volume. It sets up the story arc with Captain Kirk and Spock, Scotty, Bones, etc. all continuing on with their space adventures post movie. The Enterprise is on its way to the edge of the galaxy when they encounter a ship that had apparently vanished 200 years earlier while on the same mission. A member of the crew gets affected by the old ship and he starts doing weird, paranormal things. Mr. Spock wants to take drastic measures to eliminate the unknown threat, but Kirk is not hearing of it, and it ends on that cliffhanger over what Kirk is going to do about it.
  • Characters: With something like this, an adaptation of a good adaptation, you look for whether the characters seem in-character—and they do. The rapport between Kirk and Spock and Scotty (and everybody, really) is very much what you can see in the movie, if not the original Star Trek TV series. They are perfectly lovable, or infuriating, depending the character.
  • Writing: Here I'll have to mention not only the writing, but the artwork, too. First, the writing is good, the dialogue is very 'Trekkie,' in that you have the kinds of commands being shouted that you'd expect on a Star Trek episode. It works because it's familiar. Second, the artwork is very good, as expected, and features the typical western comic book style. The characters actually look just like how they do in the 2009 film, not like the original Star Trek TV actors. It gives you the right impression that you're reading about an event taking place in-between these newer films.
  • Storytelling: This is like watching an episode of Star Trek. It gets right to the point, or to the inciting incident and then the set-up. I do sort of wish it had gone a bit further than it did, but it's definitely the beginning of a promising story arc.
  • Overall Quality: High quality in the story, the writing, the art, even the in-characterness of the characters.
  • Favorite Moment/Scene: I didn't think any scene was so amazing, but what stands out to me is when we see Gary, the crew member affected by the 200-year-old ship floating in space, and first realize he's tripping on some space junk, so to speak. It's nothing I haven't seen before, but it stands out.
  • My Score: 4 out of 5 stars.

*I received this title from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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15 comments:

  1. Great review ,,, I love comic books ,,, and this one sound so interesting ,,, I will make sure to check it up soon :D

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    1. @Lilly: Thank you! I hope you enjoy it.

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  2. I'm more of a Next Gen girl myself. I'm not sure how I feel about Star Trek being made into a comic book. There's just something about watching sci-fi on TV that I never feel is achieved through print media. If you liked it though, I'll give it a try.

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    1. I wrote that comment and then looked down and realised I'm wearing a Spock t-shirt...super geek.

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    2. @Lan: I love the Next Gen crew because I watched that all through high school. My fave show back then! I never got really into the original crew, but I still like them. The movie in 2009 was totally awesome, though.

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    3. Yeah the movie was pretty good. Of course I can't really remember what happened in it except that I thought it was cheesy how the Asian guy had a sword...

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  3. Ooh, I love it when fav movies or TV shows continue in graphic novels/comic books. I've been able to keep up with my beloved crew of Serenity this way. (Joss Whedon.) I'm so excited they are making another movie! I will pick this comic book up for sure, though I might have to thumb wrestle my husband for the right to read it first!

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    1. @Camille: That is cool, isn't it? Yeah, I can't wait to see the next movie. I loved the first one!

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  4. I never watched Star Trek the series but I did watch the movie and loved it.

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    1. @Jenny: That's great! It was a really cool movie even for non-fans.

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  5. I grew up in the original series, still love it best and always will, but I thought the movie very good and that it was clever to tweak it into an alternative universe, enabling them to do what they wanted in future " episodes". I expectI'll be able to get a copy of this either at our local comics/ SF bookshop or at Supanova con.

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    1. @Sue: That's awesome. I liked the Next Gen because I kind of grew up with it, and the original was a bit old and hokey for me. It's great, though. I loved the 2009 movie and this comic book.

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  6. Oh, and, Lan, a lot of writers got their start in Trek fn fiction, including me.;-) we were just so desperate for more Trek when it wasn't happening. Some of this fiction was garbage, some was so very good you wondered why the authors didn't create their own universes and sell stuff. And many of those did. Still, fan fic is not for everybody.

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  7. This looks really good! I love the reboot!

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  8. Recently read this one and I believe some of the dialogue is from the actual episodes in question. Which I thought was a REALLY nice touch.

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