Star Trek #3 Review

  • November 29, 2011
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The re-envisioning of the classic Star Trek episodes in the new tangent universe created by the recent blockbuster continues.  Next up, “The Galileo Seven!”

Star Trek #3

En route to Makus III with a cargo full of medical supplies, the Enterprise comes across a quasar-like formation.  Kirk, who is on standing orders to always stop for scientific exploration, sends Mr. Spock, Scotty, and Bones with four other crewmen to study the formation.  Their shuttle is incapacitated and crash lands on Taurus II.  Now, the clock is ticking for Kirk and the Enterprise to find the shuttle before needing to return to their course toward Makus III.  Not only that, but the Galileo seven are discovering they are not alone on Taurus II.

This issue mirrors the original episode even more closely than the first arc covering “Where No Man Has Gone Before”.  While that first two-part arc did a great job of hitting the basic notes of that episode, it also spent a lot of time reincorporating the personalities of the characters in the most recent movie.  This issue dials that aspect back, and hits it a little more sharply and focuses on one of the original series’ stronger episodes.  I like that there are moments with McCoy and Spock where Bones takes a shot at Spock’s possible jealousy that Kirk took over the Enterprise and not him.  Spock’s logical reasoning behind his feelings about how everything went down sets up the angle that is later seen in this issue and is a major part of the episode itself – Spock’s cold logical approach to the happenings around the shuttle.    Back on board, we’re reminded of how brash Captain Kirk can be when the commissioner who’s in charge of the supplies reminds him that he will take charge of the mission regardless if they have found the shuttle or not.  Kirk is shown as a hardheaded person who isn’t keen to following protocol or regulation, but regardless, he’ll do whatever he can to not leave any members of his crew behind.

The stars of this series so far are artists Stephen Molnar and Joe Phillips.  They put together a really nice visual to the story.  They manage to walk a nice line between drawing the characters as we’ve seen in the movie and what we see of them in the original series.  It helps us reconnect to both incarnations – particularly with Mr. Spock.  The first arc really did a great job of giving us some iconic looks at the Enterprise, but also giving us some nice character visuals like the cliffhanger at the end of the first issue with a full-on crazy Mitchell.  This issue shows the same beauty of the space shots and of the shuttle crashing, but also exercises some great restraint by only showing the natives in shadow and not going for the easy money shot of showing some gruesome monster of a person.  They also demonstrate more of that same restraint by only showing a silhouette of crewman Latimer getting impaled by one of the native’s spears.  Again, something we see too often in both print and in movies is that easy shot of something violent that often will border on gory.  I actually like the idea that we didn’t see that.  It tells me the art team would much rather build the suspense and thrills through the classic ways instead of just cashing in on that gore porn that is waaaay too often seen in pop culture.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
The art in this series has been brilliant. Nice restraint on the monsters and Latimer’s death. Fun to see these stories play out with the new cast. These stories are adaptations and while the adaptations play well, it doesn’t leave a great deal of wiggle room for originality. Still doesn’t hurt the series too much if you ask me.
Rating
85%

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