UK Star Trek Comic Magazine Review June 28, 2009by John Tenuto , Filed under: Comics,Review,Trek for Kids , trackback
Star Trek: The Magazine by Titan is a familiar institution to fans from the UK, and more recently, to US fans when it started publishing in North America about 2 years ago. Now, through the Titan Comics brand, younger UK and Ireland fans are now being treated to a really cool monthly publication. TrekMovie has all the details and a look at the first two issues of Star Trek Comics.
Star Trek Comic
Each issue of Star Trek Comic will include reprints of IDW comic books, beginning with the best-selling "Countdown" prequel comics. What is nice is that even for those fans who have the comic books already, the Star Trek Comic magazine includes an oversized version. The art and text are about 50% bigger because of the magazine’s format and size.
There is also brand new content designed for the younger readers. Each issue has articles called "Meet The Crew" to introduce newer fans to Star Trek’s iconic characters, there are puzzles, games, and activities. For example, Issue 1 has a very fun article about how to make your own Star Trek movie phaser from cardboard and tin foil. There are also miniposters, special articles (such as the history of space programs or Star Trek alien races), contests, and a "Hailing Frequencies" letter column where fans could send in letters and artwork (it is good to see younger fans being so inspired by Star Trek again).
Each issue also includes free goodies. Issue 1 has more than 60 Star Trek stickers included, some including unusual pictures such as a nice sticker of Kelvin alien Alnschloss K’Bentayr. Issue 2 includes tattoos and two Star Trek badge buttons.
This is a perfect magazine for families to share together as there are activities and puzzles to solve together, and good articles for newer fans. Even adults will enjoy the larger-sized comics which really do justice to the nice art. Younger fans need this kind of comic magazine which makes the history of Star Trek accessible to them and is presented in a fun and interactive way. It is another sign of something we have always known, that Star Trek is the best.
Issue 1 is double sized and costs £2.99, while each subsequent issue will be £2.70. Issues 1 and 2 are already available. Issue 3 will be out on July 2nd, and features a phaser filled poster, the conclusion of the "Countdown" comic book, more puzzles, and a free lenticular notebook and pencils (just in time for next school year!). UK fans could save by subscribing to Star Trek Comic (13 issues for £27.99).
The only complaint is the limited availability of Star Trek comic. That being said, the US tends to get every kind of Star Trek product so it is hard to begrudge the UK and Ireland for having an exclusive. But, hopefully this magazine will become available to families and fans of many nations.
More information on Star Trek comics available at the official site.