Star Trek #30 Parallel lives, Part 2 of 2
Written by Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Roberto Orci
Art by Yasmin Liang
Colors by Zac Atkinson
Letters by Gilberto Lazcano
Cover by Cat Staggs IDW Publishing
Release Date: February 26, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99
The previous issue of IDW’s Star Trek comic book series began the Parallel Lives storyline by introducing us to Jane Kirk, Captain of the USS Enterprise, and her crew. This issue, Star Trek, written by Mike Johnson, brings to a close one of the finest ‘episodes’ to come out of the divergent J.J. Abrams timeline.
When confronted with Jane Kirk and her predominately female crew, the first thing I noticed was the realization that I am a total misogynist. I didn’t realize it (my wife knew), but I suppose I was living denial. Having all the genders reversed showed how male-dominated crew positions on the Enterprise tend to be. Something I would not have noticed before.
Liberator #2 Written by Matt Miner
Art by Javier Sanchez Aranda, Joaquin Pereyra, Yasmin Liang, Kathryn Mann
Cover by Yildiray Cinar and Rod Reis Black Mask Studios
Release Date: July 24, 2013
Cover Price: $3.50
Picking up from setting the scene in the preliminary issue, Liberator #2 kicks into gear pretty quickly, and begins to lead into a variety of plot threads that are all heading in an interesting direction. The story continues to focus on the issues surrounding animal cruelty, and quite successfully showcases two vigilante heroes in a realistic context.
After establishing main protagonist Damon’s night-time undertakings into destroying the operations of individuals that abuse or neglect animals, he begins casing his next target. Upon entering the property he is doing a recce on, he finds he was followed by friend Jeanette, who is also passionate about the welfare of animals. The two forge an alliance, and begin working collectively on their missions.
Liberator #1 Created and Written by Matt Miner
Art by Javier Sanchez Aranda, Joaquin Pereyra, and Yasmin Liang
Covers by Yildiray Cinar, Joel Gomez, Rod Reis, Tim Seely, Beth Sotello Black Mask Studios
Release Date: June 19, 2013
Cover Price: $3.50
I can recall many moons ago (I won’t tell you how many because it would make me feel old), obsessive over my favorite comic book superheroes, pondering about what it would be like if someone was able to take these elements of the fantastic heroes and place them into a realistic, and believable context.
While we’ve seen Christopher Nolan bring a realistic grit to the Batman concept in film, and the Mark Millar/John Romita Jr. team brings a realism context in the shape of Kick-Ass, we’ve not yet (really) come across a “real” superhero with a “real” cause. And by that cause, I’m referring to something other than supervillain crimefighting.
Enter Liberator: a new series funded by Kickstarter, and released by Black Mask comics that takes the concept of a realistic hero (no costumes, just ski masks and dark apparel), and places them against a real cause they believe worth fighting for.
We’ve got a couple of hot cover previews for you courtesy of BOOM! Studios.
Below are the two covers for Steed and Mrs. Peel #10, on sale in June 2013. The photo cover features Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg in their iconic roles from the 1960’s British television show, The Avengers. The main cover features the artwork of Joe Corroney.
Steed and Mrs. Peel #10 features John Steed and Emma Peel facing their deadliest adversary, The Cybernauts, as well as a bunch of other British craziness. And probably somebody drinks some tea. Take a look at the covers below and make sure you pick up the issue in June.