Stardate 7493.5, Admiral Kirk, Dr. McCoy, and Spock have left the Enterprise to visit the colony world of Calibus VII, where McCoy is to be honored. The world is a virtual paradise, the Enterprise will join them in five days, so what could go wrong? Only an interdimensional infestation of zombies. Read on for the review of the first issue of IDW’s Star Trek: Infestation.
REVIEW: STAR TREK: INFESTATION #1 REVIEW
Scott and David Tipton have returned to the Star Trek universe after their "Burden of Knowledge" series to tackle this portion of IDW’s cross-title event. The overall storyline began in the first of a two-issue series simply titled "Infestation", and will also cross into IDW’s "G.I. Joe", "Transformers", and "Ghostbusters" titles with each title getting two issues for a total of ten issues overall.
The Tiptons have set the Star Trek story shortly after the events of the original Motion Picture (released in 1979), and as such, have used the attitudes and looks of the characters and uniforms from that movie. The issue spends a fair bit of time introducing the scenario, similar to a typical Romero zombie flick, and only really blows up the situation into a fully-fledged zombie epic in the last ten pages.
Casey Maloney provides the pencil layouts for the story, his first Trek work since the first IDW Star Trek title, "The Space Between". Gark Erskine did pencil finishes and inked Maloney’s work. The combination of the two ends up rendering a bit more detail than the art Maloney used in his prior Star Trek work, but some of the likenesses still seem a bit awkward. Their attention to the uniforms and stylings from the first Star Trek movie are excellent, and evoke a strong sense of that era.
Luis Antonio Delgado is the colorist for the issue, and this is his first Trek work. He has worked for IDW for a couple of years, and his colors, while dark and gloomy, suit a zombie tale well. The contrast between the TMP look and the aim to feel like a Romero film helps the characters stand out compared to the roaming flesh-eaters. As the story proceeds further and further, the colors move more toward an earthy palatte, giving a good sense of foreboding.
Chris Mowry has been tapped for the lettering, and all of the words are easy to read, clean, and simple. The word balloons used for the zombies are done in a negative style, which helps identify them easily and quickly. Sound effects are used throughout the story for phasers, doors, and even wooden planks (althoug a shovel and a plank do not usually sound the same…).
There are four cover variants for this issue, with the stand-out cover being the A cover which features John K. Snyder III’s work and is highlighted by the old classic Gold Key Comics Star Trek logo at the top. The B cover is almost a panel from the story itself, as done by Maloney and Erskine, while the two retailer incentive covers feature Gabriel Rodriguez’ work (best known for her work on "Locke & Key"), one blank, and one with a pencil sketch from Gordon Purcell.
This issue is the first of two exclusively set in the Star Trek universe, but the third overall in the ongoing storyline. Fortunately, the story contained within this issue is essentially self-contained, not requiring the reading of the first "Infestation" title. The story feels a bit slow with the menace being introduced late, but based on the circumstances at the end of this issue, the second should be pretty action heavy.
Issue #2 is scheduled for release on February 23rd, with the final wrap-up issue being released April 6th. March issues in the series will be drawn from the "G.I. Joe" and "Ghostbusters" titles.
Star Trek: Infestation #1 is available this week comic stores, and #2 arrives February 23rd. You can order both from TFAW.
|Star Trek: Infestation #1
|Star Trek: Infestation #2