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Old December 4 2009, 04:27 PM   #1
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Read Any Good Comics Lately?

I've been away from the Star Trek fan community for a while, but I've still been keeping up with my exploration of Trek novels (and watching the DVD's repeatedly), but I reecently "resurfaced" and discovered that IDW has been quite busy with their Trek comics. That's very exciting to me, especially since there are a few TOS ones in there ("Mission's End" particularly interests me). So, I was just wondering which ones people liked and disliked, etc. (Have there been any threads about the comics lately?)
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Old December 4 2009, 05:26 PM   #2
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Some of IDW's stronger stories have been Klingons: Blood Will Tell, Countdown, and Year Four:The Enterprise Experiment.
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Old December 4 2009, 05:31 PM   #3
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Pretty much any of the TOS ones I like. I was dissapointed in the artwork (not the stories) of several of the TNG ones.

My favorites are Klingons: Blood Will Tell and the Mirror Universe one with Pike (I'm not a big MU buff, but I like how Messina draws the Orion women. )
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Old December 4 2009, 07:04 PM   #4
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I've read Countdown, and by God is it awful. I'm specifically referring to the plot (or the entire lack thereof) and the characters (Nero is still a stupid villain that makes only the faintest sense). I could describe to you the entire comic in 1 paragraph, and you wouldn't miss a thing. Most of that paragraph would be the action set-pieces that are "just there" without much reason for them having happened. The art doesn't redeem much either, they made the Enterprise-E look like something out of Dr. Seuss on most panels.

...but at least they un-killed Data.
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Old December 4 2009, 08:44 PM   #5
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Re: Read Any Good Comics Lately?

indianatrekker26 wrote: View Post
Some of IDW's stronger stories have been Klingons: Blood Will Tell, Countdown, and Year Four:The Enterprise Experiment.
Agreed, though I also like the Alien Spotlight runs.

I don't know what it is about TNG that brings out the worst in IDW. The only one I've liked is The Last Generation, which was pencilled by Gordon Purcell. Maybe that had something to do with it.
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Old December 4 2009, 11:03 PM   #6
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Yeah, I haven't been blown away by their TNG stuff. I passed on the first issue of Ghosts. Their TOS stuff has been some of the best TOS comics I've seen, for example: Enterprise Experiment, Mission's End, Crew, and Klingons: Blood Will Tell, and Mirror Images have all ben outstanding
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Old December 5 2009, 01:58 AM   #7
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Any of John Byrne's Star Trek comics are worth getting. Especially Crew, which was sensational.

I enjoyed Nero a great deal. Yeah, it's fanwank, but a good sort of fanwank.
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Old December 5 2009, 02:51 AM   #8
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Crew was pretty good, and a bit reminiscent of Marvel's late lamented Early Voyages comic, available in an excellent omnibus edition from IDW.

Countdown was the lamest load of fanwank I've read in ages. Haven't read any of Nero or Spock: Reflections yet.

Most of the other stuff is somewhere in the middle. I'm rarely blown away by anything IDW publishes, but they're usually not awful, either.
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Old December 5 2009, 03:32 AM   #9
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Any of John Byrne's Star Trek comics are worth getting. Especially Crew, which was sensational.
I'm actually quite amazed at how much Byrne has been able to do with the Romulans by way of Caligula. There's a trade of all that coming out soon, and I plan to enjoy it as much as I did the one-at-a-time issues.
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Old December 5 2009, 11:57 PM   #10
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Any of John Byrne's Star Trek comics are worth getting. Especially Crew, which was sensational.

I enjoyed Nero a great deal. Yeah, it's fanwank, but a good sort of fanwank.
Was Nero based on any deleted or cut (before filming) scenes from the movie? Because I saw that the plot was about Nero being captured by Klingons, and I seem to remember a news item and maybe even a spy photo from the set of Nero, captured by Klingons, which, of course, was not in the movie. Did I just dream this?
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Old December 6 2009, 12:13 AM   #11
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^Yes, the Nero comic is partly an adaptation of (and expansion on, I assume) the deleted scenes from the film in which Nero and the Narada crew are held captive in Rura Penthe.
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Old December 6 2009, 01:36 AM   #12
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Correct.

One nice touch is one of the guards at Rura Penthe is a very young W. Morgan Sheppard, who was the jailer in Star Trek VI.
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Old December 6 2009, 01:45 AM   #13
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maybe even a spy photo from the set of Nero, captured by Klingons, which, of course, was not in the movie. Did I just dream this?
Nope, it was even a scene in the trailer!

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Old December 6 2009, 01:49 AM   #14
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There are deleted scenes of Nero & his crew and their escape from Rura Penthe on the DVD.
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Old December 6 2009, 10:38 PM   #15
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John Byrne's Star Trek: Crew and any of his Romulan stuff is great. Crew is already in trade paperback, and all the Romulan books will be collected along with a new adaptation of "Balance of Terror" from the Romulan perspective sometime soon. He really captures the look and feel of TOS. Byrne's Star Trek: Assignment: Earth didn't work quite as well for me as his other Trek books, but that's hardly an indictment -- it's still a really fun book, and one issue even acts as a sort of prequel to an issue of Crew.
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