March 05, 2015

A Review: STAR TREK: NEW VISIONS #5

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of STAR TREK: NEW VISIONS #5 from IDW Publishing. The story and photomontage is by John Byrne, based off the STAR TREK television series created by Gene Roddenberry.

“A Scent of Ghosts” finds the Enterprise transporting the new commander of the Yorktown. It’s Captain Pike's former first officer during his command of the ship. When our heroes finds the Yorktown they discover the crew is missing. And that's just the beginning of this mystery that began before James T. Kirk's command of the Enterprise…

In the backup tale “In Memorium,” Spock is on Vulcan preparing for the Kolinahr – the purge of all emotion. However something is calling to him; something from his past that needs to be freed…

A Scent of Ghosts is a decent tale, but can be a little confusing. It’s not one of Byrne’s better TREK stories. On the other hand, the Memorium backup tale is well done yet bittersweet. It was written as a tribute to Arlene Martel, who portrayed Spock’s mate T’pring in the classic episode “Amok Time.” This story coming out just days after the passing of Leonard Nimoy makes the tale harder NOT to get emotional about. The photo-manipulations overall look great. Well done Mr. Byrne.

STAR TREK: NEW VISIONS #5 is in stores now, or available for ordering at www.idwpublishing.com.

A Review: NEVERBOY #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of NEVERBOY #1 from Dark Horse Comics. Shaun Simon writes, Tyler Jenkins draws and Kelly Fitzpatrick colors.

He’s got a life, a family. Little Ben. Beautiful Rachel. But he needs the drugs to keep it all together. And he’s having trouble getting the drugs today. Ben’s talent show is tonight, and he’s upset that his friends were ignoring him today. Rachel, too – she tells him how she failed to get someone’s attention earlier that day. That night, just as Ben goes on stage, it all falls apart, and they finally catch up with Neverboy.

Turning ideas upside down is a common trope, but it’s rare to see a story effectively turn fantasy itself upside down. Even after reading it a few times, I’m still not sure which part of this story is real and which is fantasy. I’m not even sure Neverboy knows at this point. But it’s beautifully done, both in the writing and in the art, blurring the lines just enough to keep the reader off balance.

I really think this is a book to watch. There’s some really cool and possibly important stuff going on here. Pick it up and see for yourself.

NEVERBOY #1 is available now at your FLCS or at darkhorse.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )