TrekInk: Review of Star Trek #12, November solicits, and comics news roundup

Scotty’s unauthorized transwarp beaming research comes back to haunt him with a furry vengeance in Star Trek #12. Meanwhile, IDW Publishing solicits more Star Trek comics for November 2012 and TrekMovie rounds up recent comics news. Some spoilers after the break.

Star Trek #12
written by Mike Johnson, art by Claudia Balboni, colors by Arianna Florean, lettering by Neil Uyetake, inspired by the original teleplay of The Trouble With Tribbles by David Gerrold, creative consultant Roberto Orci, edited by Scott Dunbier

Story

The Truth About Tribbles, Part 2: While the little furry beasts multiply wildly on Iota Germinorum IV and Earth, the landing party must rely on Uhura’s Klingon language skills to disable the explosive device left by a Bird-of-Prey. Back on the ship, with news of an uncontrolled fuzzy infestation back home, Scotty is in serious trouble. Science and medical personnel analyze the little furballs, hoping to find a way to manage their proliferation. A discussion with Scott gives Spock the clue to a chilling solution, which Scott is volunteered to test. Success means some absolution for Scott, but he has one more encounter–a furry beast with four more legs than your average tribble.

Fuzzy bastards!

Fuzzy bastards!

Review

Mike Johnson takes the ongoing Star Trek comic where no tribble has gone before. Tense scenes defusing a bomb lead into serious questions about a lifeform that might turn into a life-threatening hazard. Of course, the seriousness is broken up with Scotty’s irreverant dialogue. I still find it a little difficult to reconcile the carelessness of alt-Scotty in comparison with Scotty Prime, but Johnson’s re-imagining of the classic television episode is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. My only quibble about this tale of the tribble is the four-legged coda. The ending begs a lot of questions. I wonder if they’ll be answered in future issues? I guess we’ll see.

The artwork by Claudia Balboni is outstanding, as is the coloring by Arianna Florean. Their work has the look and feel of the 2009 film which I also found very entertaining. Their beagle work is quite good too. I gave the covers for this monthly series a hard time last month. Don’t get me wrong. I like Tim Bradstreet’s stylized covers with their photo-realistic art. It’s probably been a few months since I last said this–variant covers are annoying as hell. Since IDW is going to the trouble of publishing a fistful of variants, I wish they would inject a little more variety into their efforts. This month’s covers follow the same pattern as previous issues, Tim Bradstreet’s art is featured on the regular cover and a retailer incentive sketch cover. The other retailer incentive cover has a photo of alt-Spock. I would have selected a photo of Scott, but what do I know? Is Simon Pegg less telegenic than Zachary Quinto?

Star Trek #12 cover art by Tim Bradstreet

Cover: Art by Tim Bradstreet

Star Trek #12 RI A cover art by Tim Bradstreet Star Trek #12 RI B photo cover

Cover RI A: Art by Tim Bradstreet, Cover RI B: Photo cover

Regardless of whether or not you like the covers, this alternate universe tale was entertaining and you can get a copy of Star Trek #12 at your local comic shop this Wednesday. IDW Star Trek comics can also be purchased online at TFAW:

November Star Trek comics solicits from IDW

Star Trek, Vol. 3, cover art by Tim Bradstreet

Star Trek, Vol. 3
Mike Johnson (w) • Stephen Molnar & Claudia Balboni (a) • Tim Bradstreet (c)
The countdown to the next STAR TREK movie continues here. In The Return of the Archons, Kirk, Spock, and the crew search for a lost Starfleet ship that may hold clues to the future of the entire Federation and in The Truth About Tribbles, the crew of the Enterprise encounters the classic alien species in an ALL-NEW story inspired by the fan-favorite episode.
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-515-8

Bullet points:

  • Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci oversees this latest chapter in the ongoing adventures of the starship Enterprise!
  • Featuring an afterword by Tribbles writer David Gerrold!

Offered Again!

  • Star Trek, Vol. 1 • FC • $17.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-150-1
  • Star Trek, Vol. 2 • FC • $17.99 • ISBN: 978-1-61377-286-7

Star Trek #15, cover art by Tim Bradstreet

Star Trek #15
Mike Johnson (w) • Stephen Molnar (a) • Tim Bradstreet (c)
The countdown to next year’s STAR TREK sequel continues here, in an all-new re-imagining of the classic Mirror Universe story! Witness the transformation of the new Enterprise crew in part one of this blockbuster story, overseen by STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Variant Covers:

  • Variant Tim Bradstreet sketch cover!
  • Variant Photo Cover!

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive #3 (of 4), cover art by Joe Corroney

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive #3 (of 4)
Brannon Braga, Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (w) • Joe Corroney, photo (a & c)
The Borg story to end all Borg stories warps towards it thrilling conclusion!
In the far-flung future the Borg Queen faces off against the Borg King… an ancient Locutus! The stakes have never been so high, as the fate of the Enterprise–and the entire galaxy–hang in the balance!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Variant Covers:

  • Variant David Messina Famous Borgs in History cover!

Bullet points:

  • Co-written by Hugo winner and legendary ST: TNG scribe, Brannon Braga!

Star Trek TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #7 (of 8), cover art by J.K. Woodward

Star Trek TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #7 (of 8)
Scott & David Tipton (w) • J.K. Woodward & Gordon Purcell (a) • Woodward (c)
The Doctor and his companions must travel into the past and navigate through one of the Federation’s most crushing defeats in order to prevent an even worse fate in the present!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Cover art by Jenny Frison

Variant Covers:

  • Jenny Frison variant cover!

Bullet Points:

  • Featuring fan-favorite villains the Borg and the Cybermen!
  • Ask your retailer about the Jenny Frison (I, Vampire) incentive cover!

Recently released

Star Trek 100-Page Spectacular Summer 2012
Star Trek 100-Page Spectacular Summer 2012
Nathan Archer, Christopher Golden, and Tom Sniegoski (w) • Dave Hoover and Jeff Moy (a) • Travis Charest (c)

  • Embrace the Wolf is a Next Generation tale originally published by Wildstorm. Data returns as Sherlock Holmes in a thriller featuring a terrified planet and a crazed killer in 19th century London. The art by Dave Hoover is outstanding.
  • False Colors is a Voyager tale from Wildstorm. Seven of Nine must risk her life to save the ship from pirates with stolen Borg weaponry. Jeffrey Moy contributes some pinup art of Seven.

FC • 100 pages • $7.99

The latest issue of Star Trek: The Official Magazine celebrates the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation and features an article on the TNG/Who comics from IDW Publishing. This monthly magazine routinely features reviews of Star Trek comics, although they are usually a couple of months behind actual release dates.

Star Trek: The Official Magazine #41 Star Trek: The Official Magazine #41, alternate cover

Star Trek: The Official Magazine #41, regular and alternate covers

More Star Trek comics news

Another cover image for Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Vol. 1 was released recently, featuring the artwork of Thomas Warkenton. The cover provided with the October solicits may have been a placeholder. This cover is much more appealing.

Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Vol. 1, cover art by Thomas Warkenton

Cover: Art by Thomas Warkenton

In case you missed it, the summer issue of Star Trek: The Official Magazine contains an article on Star Trek comics. In Four Colour Flashback: A Universal History of Star Trek Comics, Andy Mangels concisely presents 45 years of comics history with cover images and original art. It’s worth tracking down a copy if you don’t already own issue #40.

Star Trek: The Official Magazine #40 Star Trek: The Official Magazine #40, alternate cover

Star Trek: The Official Magazine #40, regular and alternate covers

Time for one last thing

Finally, I had nothing better to do the other day, so here’s a scintillating video of a 1979 McDonald’s Happy Meal Star Trek Video Communicator in action, featuring comic strip #3 with the title Time and Time and Time Again.

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.

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