The colony is overrun by zombies, Kirk, McCoy, and Spock are on their own with only the robot from "Lost in Space" to help them! Surely George Romero is somewhere to be found! Read on for the review of the second issue of IDW’s Star Trek: Infestation. Plus we have a 5-page preview.
STAR TREK: INFESTATION #2 REVIEW
After their take on zombie movies in the first issue, Scott and David Tipton put a definite "Star Trek" twist on the events in this, the final Trek issue of IDW’s cross-title event.
When we last left our intrepid heroes, all three security guards with them had been zombified, their shuttle blown apart, and the entire colony’s population were zombies… chasing Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. The three manage to secure themselves inside a computing facility where McCoy wants to (obviously) try to cure the disease. Kirk sympathizes, but seems far more interested in a mass slaughter solution.
As the zombies are out of the picture for the first portion of this issue, the backstory is finally told, and sure enough, it plays out like a cross between a Star Trek episode and one of the better issues in the old Gold Key series. The Tiptons have the right balance of things as it feels much more like a Trek story this time out.
Once again, Casey Maloney provides the pencil layouts for the story, as Gary Erskine finishes and inks them. Like the first issue, the likenesses of the main characters are recognizable, but occasionally feel a bit off. The best section of the story is the flashback where the art feels much more like a Gold Key era comic, with more of the European art feels that series was associated with than the classic comic style. The only real failing is the comic-book super-hero-esque villain. The character looks too out of place in this environment.
Luis Antonio Delgado colors this issue too (in addition to the B cover). He is allowed a bit more freedom in this issue, and his color work on the flashback scene really makes the segment feel just perfect. The issue is filled with earthy tones, and they suit the story well, contrasting with the classic Trek feel as the story comes to its conclusion.
Chris Mowry letters this issue again, and the fight scenes that close out the issue are full out sound effects and Mowry’s lettering is given a chance to shine. He even gets to use four different styles of word balloons through the issue to distinguish the four main groupings of characters.
This issue only has three covers, and again the stand-out cover is John K. Snyder III’s Gold Key tribute, which looks like it fell right out of the early 70s, complete with text, word balloons, and quotes. The bare zombie hand cover from the first issue by Gabriel Rodriguez comes to its full potential this time around with images from Casey Maloney and Gordon Purcell, and the third cover is an image of the "Star Trek Infestation" badge that some retailers received.
This issue is better than the first, and moves it into the realms of a proper "Star Trek" story. The solution feels a bit like something that would be found in an episode of the "Next Generation" series, but flows naturally with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy leading the charge. It wasn’t as action heavy as the end of the first issue suggested that it would be, but the conclusion is very satisfying.
The final wrap-up issue for the entire Infestation series will be released April 6th. March issues in the cross-over series will be drawn from the "G.I. Joe" and "Ghostbusters" titles.
Here peek inside Star Trek: Infestation #2.
Star Trek: Infestation #2 ($3.99) will be available in comic stores on Wednesday February 23rd. You can order both issues from TFAW, with a 20% discount.
|Star Trek: Infestation #1
|Star Trek: Infestation #2