By PS Hayes
Thursday, July 5th, 2012 at 1:48 pm
Star Trek #10 Written by Mike Johnson
Art by Stephen Molnar
Colors by Jeff Rauch
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Based on the original teleplay The Return of the Archons by Boris Sobelman
Original Story by Gene Roddenberry
Creative Consultant: Robert Orci
Editor: Scott Dunbier
Cover by Tim Bradstreet IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 27, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99
This new Star Trek ongoing series is quickly becoming more than just a series to tide you over to the next Star Trek movie. It’s getting better and better with each issue, and it shows NO signs of slowing down, especially in this issue.
Writer Mike Johnson does some VERY impressive stuff this issue. Not only does he take this episode from the original series and turn it on its ear, but he gives up something really, REALLY shocking at the end. I mean it folks, this is a game changer on epic levels. I’m guessing since Roberto Orci does consulting for this series, it MAY even turn up in the movie. But believe me, it’s something that’s NEVER been done in Star Trek, let alone Star Trek comics.
The issue itself is very enjoyable. I love the way Johnson takes the original story and makes them his own. There’s a fine line between rehashing and putting a modern day spin on something, and he totally knows how to do it!! There’s new twists and turns and overall, it’s a really fun, enjoyable comic.
Artist Stephen Molnar is quickly turning into the modern day Gordon Purcell. That’s not to say that Gordon Purcell is done, no, not by any means. What I DO mean is that he is GREAT at drawing likenesses without using stock photos of actors. He brings real emotion to their faces, and expressions that we haven’t seen the actors use without making them look horrible, canned or fake. Plus, he’s just a fantastic artist overall. He’s really got the feel of the new Star Trek universe, and that’s what come through in these pages. You don’t get the feeling that anything is out of place at all, and that everything belongs. There’s nothing here but good, kinetic art.
You’re definitely going to want to pick this issue up. Besides being a great comic, there’s something REALLY important at the end. And I mean REALLY REALLY important. No, my caps lock wasn’t stuck, it’s seriously that important. But again, you should pick this issue up based on it’s own merits and not the last page shocker.