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Stardates 7099.4 and 7101.6. The year: 2270. The Horta have not been seen by Kirk and his crew for three years. Andorians, Tellarites, and telepathy? What do all of these have in common? Read on for the review of the second issue (from last month) and third issue (released this week) of IDW’s Burden of Knowledge. Plus we have some news of Khan and his plushy future.
NOTE: As we didn’t review last month’s issue of Burden of Knowledge (#2), this review covers that issue and issue #3 which came out this week.
REVIEW: BURDEN OF KNOWLEDGE #2 and #3
Credited as “Tipton Tipton”, the brothers Scott and David have provided us with two more issues in the "Burden of Knowledge" series in the last couple of weeks. The first picks up shortly after the events of issue 1 and has the Enterprise headed to the Waasertla system for a First Contact situation.
It so seems that the denizens of the planet have communications implanted in their heads and communicate by methods similar to telepathy. It also seems that the Waasertlans are going out of their way to impress the crew from the Federation. That suggests that there’s something going on under the visible surface. And, being that it’s Star Trek, of course there is!
The third issue, titled "A Matter of Perspective" like the TNG episode, picks up from the end of the Waasertlan mission as the Enterprise arrives at Starbase 17 for some repairs. Starbase 17 is manned by Andorians, and they have some maintenance to do on Scotty’s engines, something he’s quite rather apprehensive about. After that, on their way to revisit the Horta/Human interaction on Janus VI, the Enterprise is called away to investigate a missing luxury cruiser and encounters some Tellarites.
Federica Manfredi continues to provide the artwork and it still has the weaknesses of the first issue. The figures and scenery evoke the television series comfortably, but the faces still leave a lot to be desired. There are improvements since the first issue, and the faces continue to improve into the third issue. The best sequences in these two issues are the paintings shown to the landing party and the near hit by a proton torpedo. Looking closely at the first shows that watercolors (or something similar) were used in the panels, and the brush-strokes are actually visible under magnification. In the latter instance, the panels are blurred, and feel like a moving image from the show.
Manfredi does the inking in addition to her pencils, and Nicola Zanni provides some ink assists on the third issue, but it is hard to tell where Manfredi ends and Zanni’s work begins. This is definitely a good thing. Some of the old DC issues had multiple inkers and it was often jarring when the second inker’s work began. That is not the case here.
Andrea Priorini continues the color work, and has assistance from Arianna Florean and Chiara Cinabro. The work on the second issue is fairly standard but the third issue takes place entirely in space and this allows the trio of colorists to play with the colors in space. Chris Mowry is tapped to do the lettering in both issues after Neil Uyetake’s work in the first. The word balloons continue to be clean and easy to read. There are fewer sound effects to trouble him, and most of those that exist are unobtrusive and become part of the scenery.
Each issue comes with two cover variants, the main cover portraying a classic pose done by Joe Corroney, and a retailer incentive presenting the bare artwork from the A cover. The second issue’s cover focuses on Uhura, while Spock fills in the background. The third issue focuses on Scotty while portraying a Tellarite, two Andorians, and Chekov (although Chekov appears to be a bit “out of it” for some reason).
The first issue presented a single one-off story that could stand alone, and both of these stories can serve as stand-alone stories too, but glimmers of a larger story are beginning to make themselves known. In some ways, this series is reminiscent of the first IDW miniseries, "The Space Between". Quite where the story is going is not obvious, and with one more issue to come and an excellent cliffhanger at the end of the third issue, things should be quite interesting to start that issue off.
Star Trek: Burden of Knowledge #2 and #3 are available in comic stores now. You can order them from TFAW.
And if you want to get the full series together, you can pre-order the trade paperback which comes out in
PREVIEW: Khan: Ruling in Hell
Last month TrekMovie first reported that IDW was working on Khan: Ruling in Hell, a four issue comic series that will tell the tale of Khan Noonien Singh while he lived in exile on Ceti Alpha V (see previous article for covers & details on issue 1 coming in October). Now IDW Publisher Chris Ryall has revealed an interior Issue 1 page of art by Fabio Mantovani.
Khan Ruling in Hell #1 – interior page
Khan: Ruling in Hell #1 can be pre-ordered now from TFAW, with a special discount.
Ryall also showed off the special dealer incentive Khan plush doll, which is also coming in October. If you want to get the doll Ryall says to inquire at your local comic shop).
Khan plush dealer incentive coming in October
And IDW has just released the cover and summary for Issue 2
Star Trek: Khan: Ruling in Hell #2 (of 4)
Scott Tipton, David Tipton (w) • Fabio Mantovani (A) • Michael Stribling (c)
What was once a paradise begins to crumble between Khan’s fingers. Following a planetary cataclysm, Khan must contend with the rapid deterioration of his formerly ripe and bountiful new home on Ceti Alpha V. In the face of dwindling resources and the beginnings of a revolt from within, Khan continues to hold out hope for rescue and the eventual salvation of his people. But for how long?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
And finally the Issue 2 cover
Khan: Ruling in Hell #2 cover