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Star Trek: The New Adventures Volume 1 Graphic Novel Review

Star Trek- The New Adventures Volume 1 Graphic Novel

“Star Trek: The New Adventures” Volume 1 delivers satisfying adventures for the reboot era.

For some reason, fans of “Star Trek” (2009) and “Star Trek Into Darkness” have not had much book or comic book releases to choose from. Yes, there have been a few releases (like the fantastic “Star Trek: Countdown”), but considering this era of “Star Trek” has been going on for 6 years now, there should be more. Thankfully, IDW Publishing is trying to fill this void with the recent “Star Trek: The New Adventures” comic book line.

Comprised of 6 stories/12 issues, “Star Trek: The New Adventures” contains 5 TOS episode adaptations (“Where No Man Has Gone Before,” “The Trouble With Tribbles,” “The Return of the Archons,” “The Galileo Seven,” and “Operation: Annihilate”) and includes one original story titled “Vulcan’s Vengeance.” In case you aren’t familiar with the stories, expect to see plots about an Enterprise crew member (Gary Mitchell) being taken over by something, the Galileo shuttle being stranded on the planet Taurus III, mass insanity caused by alien beings, a direct connection to the 2009 film (being purposefully vague here), mysterious going ons on the planet Beta III, and, of course, tribbles.

While some fans may initially scoff at the idea of remakes of original series episodes, I’m here to say the adaptations are, to quote Spock, “fascinating.” Not only are the new takes on the plots cleverly written by Mike Johnson, but it’s downright entertaining to see these stories placed into this era of continuity. For instance, Trek fans get to see Kirk adjusting to being a Captain, the development of Spock and Kirk’s friendship, the blossoming romance between Spock and Uhura, Scotty’s tribble, and, most surprisingly, some characterization involving Kirk and his brother George. As for the new original story, it’s an intense follow-up to the events that transpired in the 2009 film. I wish I could say more, but the less said about it the more rewarding the story will be.

In terms of the art work, there are a total of 4 different artists for these 12 issues (Stephen Molnar, Joe Phillips, Joe Corroney and Claudia Balboni). Molnar’s art is the most pleasing to the eyes as it proves to be the most detailed. Phillips work does the job while Corroney’s is a bit to, well, ordinary and uninspired. Balboni’s colorful style is refreshingly different from the others and works well for the Tribbles tale. Note: For more artwork, be sure to check out the cover gallery at the back of the graphic novel.

Overall Thoughts: Simply put, it’s nice to see Mike Johnson and IDW exploring this era of “Star Trek” more. Highly recommended.

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February 19, 2015 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , ,

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