by Steven Leitman
Star Trek #10
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Stephen Molnar
Colours: John Rauch
This is one of those stories based on the old television show. This is what has disappointed me the most about this series, the lack of originality. I understand that the new movie redefines the Star Trek universe and that this new crew supersedes the original, which I’ve watched my entire life. Still I find it unnecessary to tell the same stories with just basically new art.
Yes Kirk and Spock are establishing their relationship and Kirk and Bones are the best of buds already. Okay we get that so show us some new adventures that cement all the relationships and how they become such a close knit family. Including Chekov, Sulu and Uhura I mean these three are just as important to the mythos. These characters have been shown to risk everything for each other so I’d like to see more adventures of them growing into the family unit.
There is a great opportunity here to do things with this crew that wasn’t available the first time around and I feel it isn’t being taken or it’s being wasted.
Now on the opposite side of that coin for those new readers of a new generation that have never seen the original series this is a fun story. It’s almost camp in the way they find themselves in such a situation that they need to stun civilians and escape by their wits. Of course having Kirk report to Pike is also a nice twist.
I will say the art is pretty stunning here and the fact that these characters look so much like those who portrayed them in the movie is fantastic. This really book is targeted for those younger readers who’s first exposure to Star Trek is the latest movie. For that alone it’s a fun read and for long time fans it’s a nice trip down memory lane.