The Enterprise needs to leave orbit and head to Makus III, but the Galileo has yet to lift off from a particularly hairy situation, will Captain Kirk be forced to leave his crew behind?
Star Trek #4
The dominant species of the moon the Galileo crash landed on has found the shuttle. The ape-like species is fueled by fear and is attempting to break into the shuttle to kill those inside. Meanwhile, Mr. Scott has found a way to make the shuttle flyable, but there’s too much weight on board. Spock makes an uncomfortable choice to dump the body of crewman Latimer. On the Enterprise, Kirk is pressured to leave to drop the medical supplies off at the New Paris colony. Before they can leave, Kirk notices that now Lt. Uhura and another shuttle is missing. As the Galileo finally makes the choice to take off, Spock decides he will be staying behind with Latimer, but Uhura shows up to save everyone with a fully functioning shuttle. Spock and Uhura get some alone time from Kirk to um… Well… To make some sweet interspecies love.
This series is still enjoyable on a lot of levels. It’s the original crew in their original missions with a nice little twist of the new movie’s universe. It’s nice to see Kirk still pushing the limits of Starfleet regulations, yet still able to use regulations to get his way. Overall, seeing these stories told again in a slightly updated way is fun and feels like going home again after being away for a while. If the art feels a little different with this two parter, it’s because it is. Stephen Molnar still does the breakdowns and gets the front cover cred, but Joe Phillips does the pencils and inks this time around and sticks to that clean look. I’m not sure if I like Phillips’ stuff as much as Molnar’s, but it’s relatively consistent throughout.
As a series, I think most Trek fans can get behind this series. Outside of the adjustments made to have the new cast fit into the old crew’s adventures, it’s not terribly original in content, but like I said, it’s comfortable for the most part. I’m glad they are just taking on episodes in two parts instead of trying to expand to the point of being too meticulous. It won’t blow minds, but it shouldn’t necessarily disappoint anyone. If you know what the series is giving you, and you know those old episodes, you really should know what you’re getting into. If it appeals to you, it should entertain. Maybe it doesn’t go too far over the top with new ideas or presenting higher level storytelling than what the original series, but a Trek fan should simply feel good reading it. Sometimes, that’s all you really need in a book.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Nice pacing. Decent, consistent art across the board. Comfy.||Still a little weirded out by Spock and Uhura’s relationship, but I have a feeling I’ll get over that in time.|
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