I only got the first issue/first 30 pages as a preview from Net Galley, so I'm going to have to base my review off of that. Regardless, the 2009 rebooI only got the first issue/first 30 pages as a preview from Net Galley, so I'm going to have to base my review off of that. Regardless, the 2009 reboot of the "Star Trek" franchise is one of my favorites (as only the Abrams/Orci team can do!), so not only am I frothing at the mouth for the next film, but I was quite happy to see that there was a comic adaptation on the way. And now it's here.
So, continuing with the reboot theme, the preview I got contains the story from the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" from the original TV series (Pilot, Part 2/Season 01 Episode 00-B). If you've already seen this episode from the original TV series, well, just imagine it with the younger version of the crew as presented in the 2009 reboot, and you have your story. This comic version basically takes the film and puts "Where No Man Has Gone Before" right after it (if we're going episodically). There's nothing really new here except for the new cast. I was raised on these old episodes as a kid (leading up to the "Next Generation" series, I was raised on that as well), so I've seen this episode a couple of times. It doesn't really hold much for me, but I definitely think that this is going to be a really good introduction to the canon as set by the original TV series for newer, younger fans introduced to the franchise by the 2009 Abrams/Orci film.
However, Sulu and Chekov are in this version of the adventure (Chekov didn't come into the original series until season 2), so it was a whole lot more fun with them there. Also, the art is great - very clear and simple, but captures the likeness of the new cast really well, so I really enjoyed it. What was also great was that it brings in stuff from the 2009 film, kind of mixing things up (especially the tension between Spock and Kirk with the whole misadventure on Delta Vega), so it was far from just the old story we've already seen on our TVs before. Well done! I love this new cast, and though this story is one that old fans have seen before, it was still nice to see it fit within the reboot canon and it's a good placeholder until the new film comes out next summer (though it was supposed to be this year, it got delayed).
So if you're a new fan to the series, or if you're an old fan waiting to see what the Abrams/Orci team has up next for you in this new reboot universe, I highly recommend this first volume of the comics. I had a ton of fun with it, and I'm even more anxious and wanting that next film now. The entire volume of this comic comes out in March, so be sure to run out to your local bookseller/comic shop then to see what the reboot team has in store for you next.
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Zachary Quinto really needs to do more voice acting/audiobooks. He made me laugh, cry, and giggle maniacally. He was perfect for reading this book. AbZachary Quinto really needs to do more voice acting/audiobooks. He made me laugh, cry, and giggle maniacally. He was perfect for reading this book. Absolutely excellent....more