July 18, 2014

A Review: STAR TREK: FLESH AND STONE

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of STAR TREK: FLESH AND STONE from IDW Publishing. The story is by Scott and David Tipton, with art by the Sharp Brothers, colors by Andrew Elder, and letters by Neil Uyetake.

A medical conference on Space Station Diamandis 1 comes to a halt as all of the crew and dignitaries become infected with a virus that turns everyone to stone. Doctors Crusher, Pulaski, and Bashir are en route when they receive a message from the EMH doctor (now serving on the Station) to stay away. The cure to this virus may lie in the logs of a former country doctor turned chief medical officer of the starship Enterprise…

What a great idea to get all the STAR TREK doctors in a one-shot and it was executed perfectly. Scott and David Tipton were able to even work Doctor McCoy and Doctor Phlox into the story that is very believable. The Sharp Brothers supply some beautiful artwork to boot. The story was inspired by the XPRISE competition going on to develop a functioning tricorder. How cool is that? Fans of the classic STAR TREK franchise will surely enjoy this book.

STAR TREK: FLESH AND STONE is in stores now, or available for ordering at www.idwpublishing.com.

July 17, 2014

A Review: BLACK MARKET #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of BLACK MARKET #1 from BOOM! Studios. Frank J. Barbiere writes, Victor Santos draws and Adam Metcalfe colors.

Ray’s world has supers, but not everyone loves them. Many worship them, but not Ray. Ray is a normal guy who’s looking for a miracle to save his Shannon. Ray’s brother Denny has gotten him into trouble before – kind of a habitual offender type. But when he comes to Ray with the promise of a cure for Shannon, Ray can’t bring himself to refuse, despite the moral implications of said cure.

And what a cool moral implication it is, too. This first issue does an impressive job of weaving a tangled web of a story. Already we get a glimpse of how conflicted Ray is, we can tell that Shannon won’t like it if/when she finds out, and how delightfully evil Biochem can be. And the art switches seamlessly back and forth between action scenes and people in a room talking.

How far is too far to go? How does society view the supers that protect it? How long before Ray’s conscience kicks in – if at all? We’ll just have to keep reading this one, won’t we?

BLACK MARKET #1 is available now at your FLCS or at boom-studios.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )