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
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
2.5 - In 1974 and at the age of 19 Howard Weinstein first got paid to write for the TREK Animated Series, with the episode The Pirates of Orion. He r2.5 ★★ - In 1974 and at the age of 19 Howard Weinstein first got paid to write for the TREK Animated Series, with the episode The Pirates of Orion. He remains the youngest person to ever write a script for a Star Trek series. He has remained somewhat on the 'in' ever since, contributing to TREK in comic book, novel and even film form.
Sixteen years after his first foray into the Trek-Words he produced this Next Gen novel, his second. This book came out as TNG trekked along into it's third season: The main story, though a bit preachy (in an TOS way), was fine... Two worlds long at war need each other to survive into the future. And only the United Federation of Planets can mediate the peace: Just the trope Captain Picard and Company adventure for!
Only, there's some subpar B-story trying to break through about Commander Riker and his Away Team that may have some good character moments for the Redshirts but that only causes to so frustrate the reader as to have them yelling at the pages, "Come on... are you telling me that no one, in the 26 years Data's been functioning... That not one person has said to him: Just for argument sake?!"
Not that something like that would have happened to this reader, though I've this ..err...friend... or something.
While the basics of this book is decent, the crew of the Enterprise D just aren't themselves (even for season three) and the book feels decidedly more Classic Trek than TNG. So I wouldn't really recommend this book unless you just really-really need a TREK FIX....more
* "Side Effects" by Chris Dows & Makoto Nakatsuka - 5 * "Forging Alliances" by Paul Benjamin & Steven Cummings - 3 * "Art of War" by Wil Wheat* "Side Effects" by Chris Dows & Makoto Nakatsuka - 5 ★★★★★ * "Forging Alliances" by Paul Benjamin & Steven Cummings - 3 ★★★ * "Art of War" by Wil Wheaton & EJ Su - 2 ★★ * "Orphans" by Christine Boylan & EJ Su - 4 ★★★★ * "Communications Breakdown" by Christine Boylan & Bettina Kurkoski - 2 ★★ * "The Humanitarian" by Luis A. Reyes & Nate Watson - 3 ★★★ * "'til Death" by Mike W. Barr & Jeong Mo Yang - 3 ★★★ * "Bandi" by David Gerrold & Don Hudson - 3 ★★★