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Exclusive 5 Page Preview of Star Trek: Captain’s Log: Sulu Comic January 8, 2010

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Next week IDW kicks off "Star Trek: Captain’s Log", a new periodic series of comics with each issue focusing on a different (but lesser-seen) Trek captain. The first issue is devoted to Captain Sulu of the USS Excelsior and we have an exclusive five page preview below.

 
 

PREVIEW: Star Trek Captain’s Log: Sulu
Written by Scott & David Tipton, art by David Messina.

Synopsis:

Introducing a brand-new series focusing on some of the most famous Captains in Starfleet history!

In the debut issue, Captain Hikaru Sulu, still new to the command of the U.S.S. Excelsior, finds himself once again face to face with one of the Federation’s most dangerous and mysterious adversaries-the Tholians! From the creative team behind Spock: Reflections!.

Issue 1 covers (regular and photo)

5-page preview

 
  

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"Star Trek: Captain’s Log: Sulu" arrives in comic shops Wednesday January 12th.

You can pre-order the issue at TFAW.com.

The "Captain’s Log" series will continue through 2010, but is not monthly. It will run like the Alien Spotlight series, each focusing on a new captain, with a different writer. Look for an update soon with the confirmed list of captains for the rest of the series.

 

Comments

1. JWM - January 8, 2010

Interesting, but not a big enough Sulu fan to pursue it.

2. B4 - January 8, 2010

I just read that the untitled Star Trek Sequel Release Date is June 29, 2012

Cheers

3. garen - January 8, 2010

yeah…i wont be picking this one up. Just not interested enough in SOLO SULU.

4. Jeffrey S. Nelson - January 8, 2010

Not the best likness of Sulu. Oh, my!

5. Will_H - January 8, 2010

They drew Sulu too young looking. He looks like he should have during TOS. Then again, sometimes it looks like George Takei stopped aging after Star Trek II. Looks like it could be an interesting story, though. The first officer is annoying, though.

6. The Real Kobyiashi Maru - January 8, 2010

always wished they’d do an Excelsior series….

have Shatner guest star…everybody… it’d just be… tooo freaking good…

Dang Paramount!!

7. Vardonir - January 8, 2010

An Excelsior story…
Involving the Tholians?
How come that sounds familiar?

I haven’t read it completely, but the opening of the novel “The Sundered” is like that. A fencing match, and the Tholians are involved somehow.

I’ll buy it if the first officer is the same guy (Chekov) as in the novel. *shot*
PS: Page 3. That close-up of Sulu is so… Well, it looks… Somewhat scary, IMO.

8. Jason P Hunt - SciFi4Me.com - January 8, 2010

Also, Sulu is wearing an admiral’s pin on his sleeve in one shot.

9. Rocket Scientist - January 8, 2010

This looks cool. It’s great that they’re still using George Takei’s likeness, but somewhere down the line in future merchandise, I imagine they’ll switch over to Pine, Quinto, Pegg, Urban, Saldana, Cho & Yelchin.

10. ryanhuyton - January 8, 2010

I can’t wait to see what the Tholians look like in this issue. In fact, I’d like to see them along with the Gorn in the next movie. 2 of the underused aliens in Star Trek. Underrated as well.

11. Zinc Saucier - January 8, 2010

Cool. Do we know what other captains will be featured yet? I hope there’s a Robau issue, set in the prime timeline where he didn’t die.

12. Harry Ballz - January 8, 2010

If this is featuring “Sulu’s Log”, do you really think it’s for kids to read?

13. Christine - January 8, 2010

#12 :: Oooo, touché! (Pun intended.)

Art looks good. :D I’m quite the Sulu fan; I’ll have to maybe check this out. Will I buy it? Maybe, but not unless I think it’s really interesting-looking.

14. ryanhuyton - January 8, 2010

I hope there is a Captain Garrett issue as well. There is still not a lot known about the Enterprise-C or her captain.

15. Davy Crocket, King of the Alaskan Frontier - January 9, 2010

they should do a captain Scott issue, and a captian riker issue,
u know whats funny is that the reason why takei hates on shatner so much even today is in large part to paramount not wanting to do a capt sulu series that Takei kept trying to talk the studio into doing for years.

he just couldnt get that he is not a leading man.

16. The Original Spock's Brain - January 9, 2010

I’m a huge Sulu fan but find the art in this lackluster.

17. Kobi - January 9, 2010

Now this sounds interesting Excelsior+Tholians! And I’m very glad they did not make Chekov Sulu’s XO, Chekov deserves his own command by the time TUC.

18. Alientraveller - January 9, 2010

Looks good, love the Tholians myself.

I wonder why though everyone, including the new movie writers, place so much emphasis on Sulu’s fencing skills though? OK, that Naked Time scene is iconic afterall, but Sulu’s also an expert with guns, physics, flying and martial arts.

19. S. John Ross - January 9, 2010

#9: “This looks cool. It’s great that they’re still using George Takei’s likeness, but somewhere down the line in future merchandise, I imagine they’ll switch over to Pine, Quinto, Pegg, Urban, Saldana, Cho & Yelchin.”

Maybe … but there’s a pretty good chance that in, say, three or four movies from now, any (or even all) of those actors will have moved on from the roles, either because their career paths then lie elsewhere, or because the Supreme Court finishes three films, calls it good enough, and hands off the franchise to some other party who decides to explore a different part of the Star Trek universe than one with Captain Kirk in it.

If that happens, then the likeness of Pine, Quinto, etc will only be appropriate or marketable for titles _specifically_ set in the Red Matter Timeline. If, on the other hand, the Red Matter Timeline is continued with re-re-cast characters, then comic book artists may even start drawing “generic” versions of the characters, designed to evoke past actors as a group without specifically depicting just one.

The odds of this particular Enterprise crew _replacing_ the original as marketable faces for the long haul is, really, vanishingly small. For that to happen, the Red Matter Universe would have to log some serious hours under its belt (currently it’s just two hours against god-and-certain-fanatic-fans-knows-how-many), remain popular with a very broad (not just the faithful) audience, _and_ keep these exact same actors in the role. What do you think the odds are? (and that’s a sincere, open question)

20. nuSpock - January 9, 2010

#18–I think they’re focusing of Sulu’s fencing skills because its foreshadowing Picard’s interest in fencing, and also because John Cho’s version of Sulu mentioned fencing in last year’s blockbuster film.

21. ryanhuyton - January 9, 2010

#18 There’s nothing wrong with Sulu fencing. Its who he is. As long as he doesn’t chop Captain Kirk’s head off, then it doesn’t matter what he does with his sword.

22. bill hiro - January 9, 2010

“This looks cool. It’s great that they’re still using George Takei’s likeness, but somewhere down the line in future merchandise, I imagine they’ll switch over to Pine, Quinto, Pegg, Urban, Saldana, Cho & Yelchin.”

Wishful thinking.

23. Jeyl - January 9, 2010

Give the comic credit. When they’re fencing, they’re actually fencing. Trek09′s Sulu? He says he specializes in fencing, but what we saw him doing was flat out NOT FENCING! Some swords use in fencing are Foils, Epees and Sabres. What Sulu was using was a retractable Katana and his moves were not fencing like.

I know that the writers wanted to give NuSulu a nod from the classic Sulu, but it’s more for nodding sake than being beneficial because this is not what he was doing.

24. James Cannon - Runcorn Trekkie - January 9, 2010

A Captain Sulu comic?!?!? Helloooooooooooooo.

25. Andy Patterson - January 9, 2010

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Ah Harry. The Shecky Green of our site. Funny.

I always thought a Sulu show would have been cool. I really thought the brief scenes of him as Captain of his own ship were cool. That’s a show, or direction, I would have enjoyed seeing.

26. Matt - January 9, 2010

Comm Officer: Captain Sulu, message coming in from Starfleet Command.

Sulu: Put it through down here.

*Admiral comes on viewer*

Sulu: Helloooooooo

27. Gorn Captain - January 9, 2010

Nice that somebody remembered Sulu’s interest in Botany from “The Man Trap” after all these years.

28. David Stoeckel - January 9, 2010

A Captain Log Comic is a Good Idea, But why are they starting with Sulu? I thought they would start with Kirk. Also, I had heard that IDW was going to a Comic based on STAR TREK:TITAN. Is that happening or not?

29. Andy Patterson - January 10, 2010

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Not just the “Man Trap”.

Tongo Rad – ” His hobby is Botany.”
Adam- Can?”
Tongo Rad -” Can. Botany is my favorite of subjects”

from the much maligned, but I love it….”The Way to Eden”

30. Alex Rosenzweig - January 10, 2010

Captain Sulu story… Automatic sale for me. :)

I disagree with Kobi, though. I wish they’d do more with Chekov as Sulu’s XO. OTOH, if this is still pre-TUC, then that’ll have to wait.

I sure hope this issue sells well, ’cause I’d really like to see more Excelsior stories.

Best,
Alex

31. John in Canada, eh? - January 10, 2010

I’m really appreciating these 5-page previews. They’ve led me to pick up several comics in the past year.

I’ll have to give this one a pass, though. Art is lackluster and story isn’t grabbing me. (And how can you open a Trek story without an exterior shot of the ship?)

32. Jesse - January 10, 2010

I agree entirely with number 2. A Sulu series would have been awesome.

33. Jennifer Bertran - January 11, 2010

I would have thought they would have started with Pike or Kirk.

34. Frederick Von Fronkensteen - January 11, 2010

Agree on the poor likeness. Sulu should be pretty easy to draw… even the simplistic animated design looked like him.

35. Topaz172 - January 11, 2010

HelllooOOOoo!

36. Faith - January 15, 2010

I’d like to add that the art is by FEDERICA MANFREDI and the colors are by ANDREA PRIORINI. Only the cover (pencils-ink) is by DAVID MESSINA.

37. Maurizio Cacciatore - January 15, 2010

FEDERICA “Faith Of The Phoenix” MANFREDI, great italian artist!!! Live long and prosper…
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