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Star Trek: Gold Key Archives Volume 3

(Star Trek: Gold Key Archives)

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Boldly going... where it all started! Presenting the first comic book adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her crew! Fully remastered with new colors, Volume 3 collects issues #13-18, including stories such as "Dark Traveler," "The Enterprise Mutiny," "The Hijacked Planet," and more.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by IDW Publishing
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Daniel
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.5 of 5

Star Trek. Comics. An absolute winner, right? Well...

Gold Key Comics made the early gamble and purchased the rights to publish a comic book series based on the then new television program, Star Trek. The artists and writers during the first year of publication had actually never seen an episode of the program. And it shows. The work was based on a few publicity photos given to them, and a synopsis of the show and main
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Apostolos
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Definitely another product of its time. I did enjoy the camp-factor a bit, but it was definitely a skim-read to get a sense of the story instead of a deeper read, taking in more details like the drawings and inking. There is something interesting in reading this now, as a retro-futurist type of comic. Kirk gets cloned by Klingons so that they can frame the Federation for something, magnetic tape gets invented that can hold worlds and human/animal patters in storage indefinitely and are lots of ...more
Chad
Revisiting awesome childhood memories. Like a warm blanket, this is.
Will Hoover
Classic Gold Key Star Trek comics, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! Okay, okay, issues 13 through 18 certainly aren't perfect, but they're awfully, awfully good in so many wonderful, wonderful ways. It's easy enough to focus on the nitpicky inconsistencies that quite naturally arose during the production of this first ever Star Trek comic book series, when Western Publishing had actually been so bold as to hire an artist that had NEVER even seen a single episode of Star Trek! No lie, ...more
Steven Shinder
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of these stories is a classic "Which one is the real one and whom do I shoot?" story. Another uses the cliche robot uprising trope, though it is pointed out in the introduction that this was prior to it being overused. I'm not so sure about this, but without some references off the top of my head, I can't dispute it right now. And Spock being viewed as a God and as a guardian of a planet is entertaining.
Mario
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
In line with the previous Gold Archives volumes, this one is full of fantastic tales that seem to have a very tenuous connection with the Star Trek mythology. A plan to replace Kirk with a mad clone in order to give an advantage to (some rather human-like) Klingons. A visit to Limbo? Medieval planets and all these talk of prime directives that are clearly forgotten in the next page.
Still entertaining, but at least the first two volumes were more slapstick, if that can be said.
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Erika Mulvenna
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-sci-fi
Okay, so I get why die-hard TOS fans may give these Gold Key comics a low rating. The stories are sappy, sometimes a bit silly, and don't fully follow TOS protocol. But for me, I really love seeing the characters in these new situations, and the artwork is amazing. Fantastic bright colors used together - who cares if the shirts aren't always the right colors when they look so good!
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