A stowaway, a destroyed fleet, death, doom, and destruction. Oh, and R2-D2. It’s obviously time for the review of the fourth issue (of six) from IDW’s adaptation of the 2009 Star Trek movie. We also have another preview from the Captain’s Log: Jellico comic.
STAR TREK: THE MOVIE ADAPTATION #4 REVIEW
Picking up seconds after the finish of last month’s third issue, the fourth issue of IDW’s Star Trek adaptation starts with a bang as Kirk storms the Enterprise bridge to warn the captain of the attack at Vulcan. The Enterprise quicky encounters the wreckage of the armada that preceeded them (including R2-D2). The alien ship in orbit contacts them and the crew is introduced to Nero.
Like the last issue, there are no added scenes in this segment, which covers the time from the arrival at Vulcan, through to Spock’s beaming down to the planet. The story is dialogue heavy, but also features the space-jump scene down to the Narada’s drill.
The panels in this story are smaller than prior issues, allowing for more content, but they do take away from the larger feel that the earlier issues had. This almost seems to be a necessity due to the heavy requirements of the action sequences and the cuts between the Enterprise, Narada, and combat scenes. It also works well to split some of the dialogue so that no panel feels too heavy with Mike Johnson and Tim Jones’ words. Despite the use of smaller panels, David Messina still allows himself to use some expansive imagery for some of the sequences, including the arrival of the Enterprise, and the first viewing of the Narada.
Messina is assisted by Claudia Balboni for this issue, and the pair continue to work with Gaetano Carlucci (the inker) to present the imagery from the screen on paper. The shots used do feel a bit like a storyboard version of the film, but (with rare exception) the characters look very much like the actors who portrayed them. The designs of the Narada are just as detailed as they were in the ship’s appearances in the other related series ("Countdown" and "Nero") and almost give the ship the feel of one of the "squiddies" from "The Matrix" films.
Ilaria Traversi comes on board replacing Giovanna Niro for this issue, and her ability to recreate the color palette from the film is impressive, and she changes the colors in space from the earlier blues to the red spectrum. The contrast of space to Vulcan during the space-jump is great and does give a feel that there are grand distances being shown.
As the back half of the series begins, the heavy exposition continues, but it is intermingled with large doses of action sequences. The story ends on a strong note, but some exciting bits from the film (Chekov’s beaming of Sulu and Kirk) are thinned down – likely due to their not playing out well one the graphic page. Like the last issue, this is another by-the-numbers adaptation, but the pacing is improving, even if some segments seem a bit rushed. The key is that Jones and Johnson are allowing themselves the time to spend on the important parts of the story, and bringing the characters out well on the page.
Movie Adapt 4 available now
Star Trek: The Movie Adaptation issue 4 is available in comic stores now. You can order it from TFAW.
And if you want to get the full series together, you can pre-order the trade paperback which comes out in October.
COMICS NEWS: Another Jellico preview
Recently TrekMovie revealed the final three Captain’s Log comics will be focused on Captains Pike, Jellico and Garrett. We also previewed some of artist JK Woodward’s work for the Pike and Jellico comics. Since then Woodard pointed us a blog post of his, where he reveals another page he ‘recovered’, check it out.
Also new in stores: Star Trek Motion Picture Trilogy
IDW has also just released the "Star Trek Motion Picture Trillogy" collection, which brings together the recent IDW Star Trek II adaptation with the DC adaptations of Star Trek III and Star Trek IV.
This collection is available at Amazon: