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Star Trek: Gold Key Archives, Volume 4

(Star Trek: Gold Key Archives)

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Boldly going... where it all started! Re-presenting the first comic book adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her crew! Fully remastered with new colors, Volume 4 collects issues #19-24, including stories "The Haunted Asteroid," "A World Gone Mad," "The Mummies of Heitus VII," "Siege in Superspace," "Child's Play," and "The Trial of Captain Kirk."
Hardcover, 164 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by IDW Publishing (first published October 29th 2015)
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Daniel
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.25 of 5

Featuring issue numbers 19-24 we continue to look at the Gold Key Star Trek comics collection. The stories have gotten better - to the point where some of these stories could have been filmed episodes (and some of them feel like rip-offs of episodes). The art is still stunning, but often very clearly 'wrong' (look at Spock's bright red uniform tunic on the cover of the first issue featured here!).

Our first story is "The
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Sarah Crawford
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
A neat premise where a guy build a memorial to his wife on an asteroid. Time lapses, disappearing people, robots and lots of skeletons are all part of one story.

On the other hand there's baseball in space. Yep. Oh, yes, it seems in these comics that the phasers almost never are able to destroy or even really hurt what they are aimed at. Their batteries must be low.

The Galileo 7 is green (air sickness?). There are things which basically are primitive versions of the Borg, an utterly different
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Daniel
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Totally hilarious. Made me remember what I love about the original series and classic science fiction. Some of the stories were simplistic and had holes in the plots. Each issue was an enjoyable space romp.
Keith
I was going to give 2 stars because the stories are largely forgettable, but then Kirk had plastic surgery and got an afro.
Apostolos
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Mummies, forgotten asteroids, and brain dumps into cylon-like bodies. Yup. It's more 60s Star Trek comics!
Steven Shinder
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy some of the stories here as much as Volume 3. But it is interesting seeing a story in which the Enterprise enters "superspace" and has to create a black hole to get back to their own universe. I'm not a physicist, but I feel like it is a notable precedent for what we see in the Star Trek reboot, even if it is tangential. I noticed in one story that McCoy looked like it said "MsCoy," and in some parts it seemed like they tried fixing it by wiping off the bottom part of the "s." ...more
Mario
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Volume four of the Gold Key archives (1972-73) has some interesting comics, still too fantastic to be believed part of the Star Trek universe. A reverse Taj Mahal, a planet driven to insanity, a trip through a black hole into an alternate dimension and so on. These stories are candid, entertaining, if a little rushed in, having only a certain amount of space to fulfill the plot. However, as a snapshot of a gone era, they certainly fill their roles.
Chad
Jan 01, 2018 added it
Definitely not as good as the first three volumes but still with some entertaining moments. There are also some cringeworthy moments involving female characters that are uncomfortably reflective of the time this was written. But it's a time capsule. Got to take it all in. There are also plenty of crazy, early years Trek stories in here.
William
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lots of crazy fun.
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Arnold Drake was an American comic book writer and screenwriter best known for co-creating the DC Comics characters Deadman and the Doom Patrol, and the Marvel Comics characters the Guardians of the Galaxy, among others.
Drake was posthumously inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2008.

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