Star Trek Boldly Go by Mike Johnson

Book Review

 


Star Trek: Boldly Go #1Book Genre: Science Fiction, Comic

Book Series: Boldly Go #1

Released: 10/19/2016

Pages: 22 Price: $3.99 IDW Publishing

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this comic

 

 

Book Synopsis:

STAR TREK’s 50th Anniversary Celebration continues with this all-new series following the adventures of Captain Kirk and the iconic crew! New worlds! New species! New ships! And a new danger unlike anything the Federation has encountered before! Boldly go into a new era of STAR TREK!

My Review:

Saturday May 6th was Free Comic Book Day 2017.  I happen to be in a bookstore that was giving away some comics and had some on clearance.  I picked up the free Star Trek one set in The Next Generation world and this one that takes place after the last movie releases on the Kelvin timeline with the new cast setting off for life post-Enterprise.  I’m not much of a comic reader but I enjoyed this so much that I can’t wait to get my hand on the next five copies to find out what happens next.  I’m not in a big rush, however, so I might check the local stores first before I download them all from the publisher’s website.  I wouldn’t mind having physical copies of these but will settle for digital.

The story was quite good, the graphics a little less.  I’m reading it for plot so it didn’t bother me that some of the characters looked a bit off, Uhura being the lest resembling the current actor portraying the character.  Major cliffhanger at the end that sucked me in and frustrated me to no end that the comic was only 22 pages long.  So it looks like I might be a new convert to these graphic novels even if it is just the Star Trek ones.

My Rating: 5 Stars

ARC Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1 by Mike Johnson

Book Review

Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1Book Genre: Science Fiction, Graphic Novel

Book Series:Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1

Released: 6/28/16 byIDW Publishing

Pages: 40 Price: Unknown

Links:  Goodreads

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for and honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

This all-new adventure is set at the edge of explored space, as Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise come face to face with a new Klingon threat… with the fate of the galaxy at stake.

My Review:

Being a life long Trekkie I have a tough time passing up Star Trek books that are offered up for review.  When I saw this one was available I decided to add it to my to-read list.  The graphic novel was great, but very short.  Only 40 pages long I did not realize this was part of a serial.  I will keep my eye open for the other installments as it would be nice to see how things turn out.

This graphic novel is set in the same universe as the last two movies and features the younger original cast as they are on their five-year mission to explore the galaxy.  The graphics are stunning and the dialog true to the franchise full of the character chemistry and wit that the series is known for.

Great little book only complaint I have is it was so short.  Personally I would wait for the omnibus version and read it all at once.  Also on paper as the graphic novel format doesn’t seem to work all that well with my Nook.

My Rating: 3 Stars

ARC Star Trek: The Q Gambit by Mike Johnson – 4 Stars

Star Trek: Ongoing, Volume 9: The Q GambitCover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Graphic Novel, says ongoing: Publication March 2015

I received a copy of this from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

Synopsis:

The crew of the new Star Trek film franchise encounters the classic villain Q for the first time in this galaxy-spanning adventure developed in association with screenwriter/producer Roberto Orci! The mischievous Q sends James T. Kirk on a quest that will see the Enterprise joining forces with familiar faces from Star Trek lore.

My Review:

While this is not my first graphic novel (third maybe), it is the first one I have reviewed.  I’m kind of lost on how to begin and what to comment on.  A little back ground on why I picked this one up.  It was free for review on Net Galley and I am a huge Star Trek fan!   I figured why the hell not.

Reading a graphic novel is quite a different experience from a typical book. The story is much shorter, you don’t need to fill in all the imagery yourself and it doesn’t work so well on an e-reader.  I found the pages would lag and it disturb my reading flow and then you have the much smaller screen and teeny tinny little print.  I would have enjoyed and appreciated this much more if I had had the print version instead.

Otherwise the story was a lot of fun.  It took characters from two of the TV series and threw in the cast from the latest movie and sent them on an adventure orchestrated by perhaps one of my favorite Trek characters, Q.  So many great characters made cameos in this book I couldn’t wait to see who showed up next!  Compared to my last read the plot moves at warp speed and I found myself wishing for more pages.  I will definitely keep my eye out for more of these Star Trek graphic novels.

The art work was amazing and beautiful.  I was surprised at how well they captures these familiar ships and faces from the shows and movie.  Again the only thing I wish here is that I had the print version so I could have seen it on a grander scale.  I think it might have lost something on such a small screen.

If you are a Trekkie like me give this graphic novel a try.  I think it will keep you entertained for an afternoon and have you wanting to check more out.  It did me.