The comic book adaptation of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan from IDW continues. The second of three issues arrives in comic shops tomorrow and TrekMovie has an early review, plus a five page preview of the comic.
StarTrek II: The Wrath of Khan (Comic Adaptation) #2
[written by Andy Schmidt, with art by Chee Yang Ong and color by Moose Baumann.]
Previously on The Wrath of Khan: Kirk treated his birthday like a funeral, Chekov introduced Captain Terrell to Khan Noonien Singh, Khan introduced a Ceti eel into Chekov, Dr. Carol Marcus was cut off during a long distance call to her ex, and Saavik failed to understand humor.
Meanwhile, back on terra firma, 27 years after appearing in theaters, the first issue of a comic book mini-series adapting the second Star Trek film, written by Andy Schmidt with art by Chee Yang Ong, aroused mixed feelings among Earthers. Questions were raised. Does the comic add anything to the story? Do we really need a comic adaptation so long after the fact? Are tribbles the solution to early onset of male pattern baldness? These questions and more, may not be answered, but we will take a look at the second issue of the mini-series.
Schmidt’s script continues to unreel the film’s highlights. There are no surprises here, and there shouldn’t be. I see what I expect in this adaptation; McCoy’s outrage on learning the details of Genesis, Kirk and Khan playing cat and mouse, meeting again, and resuming the game. Finally, Kirk and his away team find Chekov and Terrell, and then Genesis, and the tragic death of the Reliant’s captain.
Khan greets his old friend …
By now, Chee’s approach to telling the story is familiar. He put’s his effort into the panels with close-ups, then pans out, and character likenesses fade away. I don’t find this disturbing, but if you judge a comic by the minutea of every panel, you might be disappointed. Taken as whole, though, Chee’s art is fine for bringing Kirk and Khan together again, with all of Khan’s rage, and Kirk’s guilt over past decisions. The script and art suit the story unfolding.
… and Kirk comments on Khan’s drinking habits.
Chee provides covers for all three issues of this series. Issue #2 Cover A features portraits of Kirk and Khan. Cover B reproduces a publicity photo of Spock.
The retailer incentive cover is the second of three interlocking covers by David Deitrick. Khan appears shaking his fist at someone, presumably Kirk, from last week’s cover. I’m guessing this is the left panel of the complete interlocking image.
So, is this mini-series something that a Trekkie can’t live without? Well, my Trek experience has been defined by the diversity of Star Trek comics stories and art, so I’m enjoying this series. Your mileage may vary. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan #2 will be in comic stores this Wednesday and the concluding issue will be available in July.
5 Page Preview of TWOK #2
Here are the first five pages of TWOK #2
Pre-order before you miss out
You can pre-order issue 2 and 3, but issue 1 is already sold out at TWOK (may still be available at your local comic shop)
Mark Martinez is an obsessive-compulsive Star Trek comics reader and collector. You can visit his website, the Star Trek Comics Checklist for more than you ever needed to know about Star Trek comics. And yes, he knows that the IDW pages are incomplete. Blame it on IDW for publishing Star Trek comics faster than he can read them.