The GeeksverseStar Trek Ongoing #1

Star Trek Ongoing #1
Published on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 by

Written by: Mike Johnson
Art by: Stephen Molnar
Colored by: John Rauch
Lettered by: Neil Uyetake
Cover Art: Tim Bradstreet
Editor: A- Scott Dunbier w/ Grant Goleash; B- David Messina w/ Giovanna Niro

The new Star Trek series takes place in the new universe of the JJ Abrams movie and it takes the classic stories and reimagines them in this universe. I vaguely remember the name of Gary Mitchell from the original series but that doesn’t mean that I couldn’t get into this story. It’s a reimagining of an existing story, but it’s done in a way that you don’t have to remember the original.

In some ways it’s probably better that you don’t. If you don’t there won’t be any comparasion, good or bad, between the new and the old.

I like the idea that this represents. It takes the new Star Trek and melds it with the old. It’s good for new and old fans alike. For those that aren’t huge fans of the new, this might be a way that they can become fans of it.

The story by Johnson involves the crew taking the ship, soon after the end of the first movie, across the terminus of the Milky Way galaxy and into a new galaxy. There they encounter a force field that radically changes one of the crew members.

This issue was mostly set-up, not much in the way of action takes place, but if you think of it as the first act of a television show then it works and makes sense.

Johnson does good with the personalities and the accents. I can hear Chechov’s “keptin” in my head. The story moves along well but it does count on the reader having seen the movie. There are references to the movie as well as the relationships already established. In a way it’s good that no time is wasted on establishing things already known, it allows Johnson to just get into the plot and keep moving.

The elements that would work better in a television show work decently here, the explosions of the control panels and such. This ends up being a good translation of a television episode into a comic.

Molnar’s art is good. He does a good job with the likenesses. They all look similar to their movie counterparts but there’s some slight differences. His style does make the features of all the characters look somewhat the same, especially the ones that he didn’t have a photo to use as reference, those ones are hard to tell apart.

He has a good grasp of storytelling, the panels flow smoothly and there are no jumps in action. Overall his work is very good.

Star Trek Ongoing #1 receives
4 out of 5

A entertaining and well done start to the reimagining of the original stories.

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