Kisses, bugs in the ears, giant drills, fights in the snow, Scotty, and Captain Data. Wait…Captain Data? It must be the reviews of the fifth and sixth issues of IDW’s adaptation of Star Trek. IDW wraps up their version of the 2009 Star Trek movie today, find out how it all works out, plus a five-page preview of issue 6.
NOTE: TrekMovie skipped our review of Movie Adaptation #5, so we combine that with the #6 which comes out today
REVIEW: STAR TREK: THE MOVIE ADAPTATION #5 and #6
Picking up after the finish of the fourth issue, the fifth issue of IDW’s Star Trek adaptation starts much more slowly than the last few issues. A tender moment between Uhura and Spock sets the scene before the more sinister visit to the Narada and the interrogation of Captain Pike by Nero’s crew. That leads into the fracas between Spock and Kirk that resulted in Kirk meeting the Prime Spock and Scotty.
The sixth issue begins as the Narada enters the orbit of Earth and the Enterprise follows them, hiding near Saturn, while Spock and Kirk transport over to try to save Pike and stop the drill, discovering the Jellyfish in the process. Just following orders.
It seems that Mike Johnson and Tim Jones had decided to only use deleted scenes in the first couple of issues of the series, as neither of these two issues contain any segments. Especially disappointing is the lost chance to present the scripted scene with the Prime Kirk in the movie’s epilogue, but it is understandable why they chose to omit it.
These are reportedly David Messina’s final two issues for Trek comics, and once again he works with Claudia Balboni on them, with Gaetano Carlucci inking their pencils. Between the two issues, three panels stand out with distinction: the mind meld between Prime Spock and Kirk that features a panel from the "Countdown" series showing Captain Data, the deployment over the Narada’s drill from Earth orbit, and the scene where the Enterprise comes to the rescue. Like the fourth issue, the fifth issue is fairly dialogue heavy, but Messina’s art is allowed to stand on its own in the sixth issue, sprawling over wide panels and standing taller than normal.
Ilaria Traversi continues her color work on both issues, and continues to recreate the color palette from the films. The scenes aboard the Enterprise continue to have blueish tones and the Narada darker tones, identifying the two scenes easily. The work in space continues to be strong, and the use of color really strengthens some scenes.
The final two issues bring the movie’s adaption to a decent close, and capture the canonization of Uhura’s first name, with Neil Uyetake showing Spock’s displeasure quite aptly. The sixth issue flows much better than the fifth, which is a result of the flow in the movie itself, but the sixth issue also seems to be over in a flash due to the pace of the storyline. Overall, it was a good adaption of the movie, and allowing Jones and Johnson six issues let the story breathe and flow much better than the three issue adaption of "Wrath of Khan" did last year. After the previous three movie-related series done by Messina, this was a fitting closure to his work on the line, and he does as admirable job finishing off the saga.
PREVIEW: ST09 Adaptation #6
Movie Adaptation #6 available today – Paperback Collection in October
Originally slated to be released on August 25th, the Star Trek movie adaptation #6 was delayed in shipping and will now be available in comic shops on Sept 1st. You can pre-order it and purchase the other issues at TFAW.
And if you want to get the full series together, you can pre-order the trade paperback which comes out in October.