The long overdue comic book adaptation of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan from IDW concludes. The last of three issues arrives in comic shops this week. TrekMovie has an exclusive early review, plus a five-page preview of TWOK #3 and a look at a new IDW Omnibus.
StarTrek II: The Wrath of Khan (Comic Adaptation) #3
[written by Andy Schmidt, with art by Chee Yang Ong and color by Moose Baumann.]
Khan aboard Reliant, faces off against Kirk and the Enterprise. Kirk lures Khan into the Mutara Nebula and laughs at Khan’s superior intellect. Although Khan lacks experience, he makes the last move, setting off the Genesis device, dealing a fatal blow to a member of the Enterprise crew, and putting Kirk firmly in the Captain’s chair again.
Andy Schmidt finishes up his adaptation of The Wrath of Khan smoothly. This issue features the most emotional sequences of the story, and is arguably the best issue of the mini-series. We don’t see anything new, just a faithful adaptation of a favorite film.
Khan gets the last word
The art by Chee Yang Ong reflects his background in horror comics. Mortally injured Khan and Spock could easily star in Night of the Living Dead. I don’t imagine this will appeal to many Trekkies, and I have to admit that I’m a little tired of the zombification of the comics industry, but Chee’s dark approach to this story matches my own vision of Khan’s tale.
Spock speaks his last words
Curiously, I have to disagree with Kirk in this last panel. Although I enjoyed the mini-series, probably more than most TrekMovie readers, reading these comics does just the opposite for me, making me feel old. The comics fill a gap in my library, but they retell a 27-year-old story and I’m glad we’re moving on with new films. Before we set aside the past completely, I’ll look back at the other Star Trek comics movie adaptations in a forthcoming article.
… and I feel like making a new movie set in another timeline!
Chee provides covers for all three issues of this series. Issue #3 Cover A features Spock and his hand. Cover B reproduces a publicity photo of the crew. Anyone know why Scotty and Spock are looking in a different direction?
The retailer incentive cover is the last of three interlocking covers by David Deitrick. Spock appears giving the Vulcan greeting. Taking a stab at how the three covers fit together, it looks like Khan is center stage, flanked by Kirk and Spock. Dietrick’s retro covers look very much like his FASA role-playing game work.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan #3 will be in comic stores this Wednesday. You can order issue #3 at TWOK.com.
5 Page Preview of TWOK #3
Here are the first five pages of TWOK #3
Star Trek Omnibus 2 coming this week
Also coming July 1st from IDW is their second comic omnibus, this time a collection of the TOS "Early Voyages" comics originally published by Marvel Comics in 1997. "Early Voyages" takes place ten years before Kirk’s five-year mission, showcasing the adventures of Captain Christopher Pike and his team aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. The omnibus contains all 17 issues. The book can be ordered from Amazon for $19.99.
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.