Not a bad ending to ARCADE'S REVENGE PART 12 (or whathaveyou). Though, while I'm not sure what I was hoping for I have to admit this wasn't it.
I can'Not a bad ending to ARCADE'S REVENGE PART 12 (or whathaveyou). Though, while I'm not sure what I was hoping for I have to admit this wasn't it.
I can't say I disliked how the book finished out... yet I can't say I was overjoyed at it... it was a pretty good way to end Arcade's Hunger Games. It was a net idea, as it has been since reader's first visited Murderworld back in Marvel Team-Ups vol. 1 #65. The problem is, I'm just not sure how well Dennis Hopeless understood both the potential of a Murderworld story as well as all of the characters he was using in this series.
Indeed many of the characters were underutilized, misunderstood and even marginalized [like Runaways Nico & Chase]
All-in-all this series did have some charm, some very good art and some interesting character development. Yet I have to admit I found myself more interested in the implications only hinted at by the ending, to the characters and the world they inhabit, rather that anything that happened between the pages of this volume.
Suffice to say, if you're already deep into this series you should finish it. But if you haven't decided to pick up the books yet, don't be surprised by the predicable and kind of average ending - 2.5 Stars at best!...more
To some extent this book is a great example of what every Trek Novel should be: Exciting... Ambitious... Fast Paced... even Terrifying at times. If itTo some extent this book is a great example of what every Trek Novel should be: Exciting... Ambitious... Fast Paced... even Terrifying at times. If it does spend a little too much time with characters the reader hasn't opened this book to follow, however well drawn they might be.
In this volume the Enterprise is again called in to an emergence involving an ancient and mysterious series of space bound Stargates as their malfunctioning threatens to tear apart the galaxy. Even with the large amount of narration and exposition in the book (more in league with TNG story-telling) this book was, in every way, the best of this Stargate Nexus series.
The regular Trek suspects are all assembled and, while a little wooden, were characterized correctly [especially Spock and McCoy]. DeWeese, unlike many other writers who've penned a novel in this franchise, instead of bending established characters into action needed to expand the plot she (rightfully, I feel) created a character to take those actions Kirk & Co wouldn't be right for.
And Lt. Cdr. Esther Ansfield, oldest Starfleet Academy graduate and Science Officer of the USS Cochise, is a strong and clever one indeed. Her mental abilities are even somehow rival to Mr. Spock's. Though this seems to have been a cause for some to disparage this tale it isn't unheard of in the Trek-verse that a human demonstrates a strong, untapped, telepathic abilities (ex. Dr. Elizabeth Dehner, Cdr. Gary Mitchell, Lt. Mira Romaine and even Dr. Miranda Jones).
So come join the crews of the USS Enterprise, Cochise, Devlin and Eddington as well as cyborg Kremastor, several dead alien races and a space entity as finally the mystery of the Stargate Nexus is solved in a very interesting and intelligent way.
Recommended to any Trek fanatic interested in a neat SF tale of discovery!...more
Parts of this book were very good, others... not so much. Finally there's the very unsatisfying ending.
The best part of this book was Reannon's story,Parts of this book were very good, others... not so much. Finally there's the very unsatisfying ending.
The best part of this book was Reannon's story, a Seven-of-nine type character (Pre-Voyager). The worst part was the story of Captain Korsmo, an old academic rival from Picard's Academy days.
David is Trek nerd enough to bring in a nice amount of texture to ground the reader in the Trekness of it all and the characters act pretty close to how most TNG fanatic have come to expect them. That being said the over-all Borg story and that which intertwines it, the story of Delcara and The Doomsday Machine, aren't very compelling.
If you're in it for a Peter David book I'd say read it, but if you're looking for a great star trek, then I'd recommend you stay clear... this book is not where it's at!...more
3 1/2 Stars - A susprisingly solid little novel which I'd recommend to any classic Trek fanatic!3 1/2 Stars ★★★ - A susprisingly solid little novel which I'd recommend to any classic Trek fanatic!...more
Fan-funking-tastic! Not only a great story, a excellent addition to the BPRD/Hellboy Universe but it's full of answers to the mysteries of that univerFan-funking-tastic! Not only a great story, a excellent addition to the BPRD/Hellboy Universe but it's full of answers to the mysteries of that universe which Mignola & Co have been crafting for about two decades... A MUST read for all fans!...more
More so then most books like this, Fallen Heroes would have made an excellent (two-part?!) episode of Deep Space 9.
It was 2000 and the television TrekMore so then most books like this, Fallen Heroes would have made an excellent (two-part?!) episode of Deep Space 9.
It was 2000 and the television Trek franchise was in the dump, and soon to implode thanks to the requirements of TV Executives (you know the kind, old white men who like to tell people what they want). It was the summer and I wistfully decided to pick up some beach books, this was one of them.
The first DS9 book I would read, not that I read many, and it was pretty dang good. It's really the only reason I read the next few. Since DS9 had been my favorite ST series I was more hesitant to see some bastardized version of the characters and situations I enjoyed so much be given the 'book treatment' which so many franchise love.
I'm sure all know what I mean, where in an attempt to make money books are published in truckloads with little concern to the quality. But I had heard some good things about this particular volume and while it was no Imzadi, it was one of the more enjoyable of the Trek franchise books I read.
It wasn't because Mr ab Hugh was any great scribe, no it was more because he clearly knew how to tell a clever story. A story that felt like it could have been shot and aired as one of the DS9's episodes. And despite following what I found to be a formula which many of the DS9 books, namely a space mystery with Odo and Quark at the forefront, he did it in a way no one - to my limited knowledge - had done it before.
Sure his McGuffin was kind of ridiculous (though how much more redic than had been some episode of TOS, TNG and even DS9) but it's job wasn't to make sense but to set up a good tale where our characters could have some interesting moments as well as move the plot. Speaking of which the story is remnant of Days of Future Past, only this time our hero is sent to the future and must find there way back to save the day.
I would love to see someone take the cover of Uncanny X-Men 142 and make it into the cover of this book. Perhaps replacing Wolverine with The Chief, because IN THIS ISSUE: EVERYONE DIES!
I highly recommend this book to any of the, DSNiners out their (Yes, I've seen Trekkies and I know there's a name for this sub-subculture). It's a great time and there are hardly any OCMs, so read on and enjoy this romp back in time to the 24th Century!...more
High concept though only a middling presentation, despite the talents of illustrator Salvador Larroca.
On average I've found Kieron Gillen's work to beHigh concept though only a middling presentation, despite the talents of illustrator Salvador Larroca.
On average I've found Kieron Gillen's work to be good, but this dive into the world of Star Wars was into the shallow end of the pool. The only reason volume one of Darth Vader even received 2 ★★ stars, was because the overall premise Gillen was working with: Filling the gap between Episode IV and Episode V, with Darth's attempt to win back the favor of the Emperor after the destruction of the Death Star, was interesting.
As were the ideas played with, in this volume, regarding the way Darth went about it. That being said this book was a series of, if not always, missed opportunities and mischaracterizations (save for Darth himself), at least strange pacing and un-Star Warsy dialogue. I've read more than my share of SW tie-ins [much more than I've cared to add to this site] and I've seen many-many-many failures when it comes to bringing us to A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away...
However few have made me feel as frustrated as this, mostly because it had such promise. Sadly though, it was as if I was reading a story set in a entirely different universe. More akin to Stargate or Sliders than what I came looking for. Like those programs, this book is too grounded in our world/reality. Something most noticeable in the way the way the characters talked to each other.
It was as if Brian Michael Bendis was writing the dialogue (in case you don't understand, that is a VERY bad thing).
I could get on board with the ridiculous evil C-3PO & R2 as well as the obnoxious callbacks to Episodes I-III that kept popping up throughout. But when you read dialogue like, "I'm a rogue archaeologist. You have to expect a little digging." I was slapping my forehead asking silently, What is wrong with the world that this in not only being produced, people actually think it's good?
I'd almost rather re-read Chris Claremont's Star Wars Annual 1: The Long Hunt from 1979. It's basically the same story, despite the fact that most of the characters hadn't been very developed yet and no one knew Darth was really Luke's father.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend this volume, yet I wouldn't exactly warn all to say Far Far Away from it either. Especially as often comic writers of today need some time to find their stride... it is entirely possible that volume two could be better [I'll have to let you know]. ...more
A pretty solid and straight-forward TNG tale with Worf, Data and Ro adventures taking most of the story. If you miss the series I'd recommend this booA pretty solid and straight-forward TNG tale with Worf, Data and Ro adventures taking most of the story. If you miss the series I'd recommend this book for a quick fix....more
David (Postman) Brin writes a Star Trek graphic novel and it's not bad... it's not that great either... it's just sort of okay. A bit clever and a bitDavid (Postman) Brin writes a Star Trek graphic novel and it's not bad... it's not that great either... it's just sort of okay. A bit clever and a bit predictable, it takes place during the Dominion War.
It was as if a few different Trek stories merged into this, so to that it seems Brin was on point. If you like someone to mix the TNG formula to make a new tale which reads like an old one, you'll like it. But if you're looking for something more you'll just find it passable, as I did.
The art is remarkable but totally wrong for a Trek book, even The Next Generation. Still it is remarkable.
Read it, don't... it will add nothing all that interesting to Trek Worlds but it won't make your slap your forehead all that much either. So there's that....more
2.5 - I liked this book in general, it was entertaining and clever but unfortunately, at least for me, it falls to Law of Diminishing Returns... Beca2.5 ★★ - I liked this book in general, it was entertaining and clever but unfortunately, at least for me, it falls to Law of Diminishing Returns... Because, basically, the longer the story goes on the less entertaining and more convoluted it becomes. And while that's part of the comedy I just find it more work than I'm looking for in a comedy SF comic book.
That said, I really like Matt Fraction's writing for graphic storytelling but this book was just too much for me. Though it was well put together and Gabriel Ba's art was great. If you know your S.H.I.E.L.D. history and have been a fan of books like Nextwave you'll probably enjoy this book....more
Tis a silly-silly book... If you can accept it makes no sense -fits more for the old Marvel Age series than for... whatever the hell they call the maiTis a silly-silly book... If you can accept it makes no sense -fits more for the old Marvel Age series than for... whatever the hell they call the main MARVEL Universe is now- then you'll have a good time with this book. That shouldn't be all that hard when you're talking about a Mutant Dinosaur that time-travels to meet 4th grader Lunella "Moon Girl" Lafayette in post-Inhumanity Manhattan for fun and adventure!
This is a great comic for kids, some young adults and adults who can be be swept up by whimsy. But if you take your MARVEL comics seriously you will absolutely hate it. You have time-traveling proto-humans who easily pick up English, The Hulk in fights with a 4th grader and other nonsense.
However you feel about the story, most should agree that Natacha Bustos' artwork charms up this tale of Lunella, a young human with Inhuman DNA, who's searching for protection form the Terrigen Cloud, which seems to be stalking Manhattan. This leads her into the path of legendary comic character Devil Dinosaur and the mysterious Nightstone.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants a light fun read or to share some comics with the next generation of fans out there....more
Another good attempt at capturing TOS, taking place between The Motion Picture and Wrath of Khan. With a problematic, though intriguing, plot it suffeAnother good attempt at capturing TOS, taking place between The Motion Picture and Wrath of Khan. With a problematic, though intriguing, plot it suffers from a slue of missed opportunities [Nothing Chekov did deserved a promotion Jimbo!] not to mention a little more of a fanfic vibe than I like, even from a franchise novel.
Recommendation - In the end it's basically a fun book, if you're already planning on reading it I'd goahead. But if you're on the fence I'd adviseagainst it, despite the fact that the novel came out of the story meetings for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
The main plot revolves around a world more mostly of water than our own on which holds a deep secrete within the depths of it's oceans. As the U.S.S. Enterprise reviews the Federation Science Outpost located on the world they become embroiled in the politics of this UFP Member World and before long needs to stand the line against invading Ocean Raider from another planet... and that is only part of this fish tale.
While Mr. Weinstein does a pretty decent job and is clearly in this element, Deep Domain is hardly a wale of a tale (despite what you might infer from the cover). The concepts are never fully realized and inconsistencies threaten to get in the way of real enjoyment: 2.5 ★★...more
This week on Star Trek: The Next Generation - Q has a laugh by merging the Trek-vers with a sit-com in The One Where The Twins' Father Comes To Town,This week on Star Trek: The Next Generation - Q has a laugh by merging the Trek-vers with a sit-com in The One Where The Twins' Father Comes To Town, Flirts With And Romances The Roommate's Mother Then Blows Her Off -Cause He's A Jerk, Like They Both Told Ya'- Next Thing You Know, The Spunky Mom Kicks The Hell Out Of Callous Dad.
1.5 ★ Stars - If you come into this book with whimsey you'll most-likely enjoy it, otherwise you'll be distracted by the ridiculous Out-of-Character as well as Out-of-UniverseMoments, contrivances and will probably see the sexism as blaring. But come on it's Peter David, he comes from a different time.
I admit there were times in this book a laughed and cringed both, (view spoiler)[-more of one than the other, sadly- but once I realized that I was reading STARFriends I couldn't help building an opening credits montage with the crew. Either beaming members out of danger, throwing parties with cellular peptide cakes (with or without mint frosting) and of course at Tasha's funeral, to the refrain of I'll Be There For You... That being said it still wasn't what one might have come to to expect from TNG novels, (hide spoiler)] but what could one expect from a title like Q-In-Law...
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