Star Trek 1218: Relicquest, Part I

1218. Relicquest, Part I

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: Voyager #6, Marvel Comics, April 1997

CREATORS: Ben Raab (writer), Jesus Redondo and Sergio Melia (artists)

STARDATE: 51123.9 (between False Profits and Remember)

PLOT: As tensions mount on the supply-hungry Voyager, the crew finds an M-class planet that could be the answer to their prayers. However, Neelix has heard a legend that this planet, like others in the system, should have been destroyed by a psionic artifact long ago. An away team investigates and meets an alien called Bonai who sends everyone but Janeway back to the ship. He's looking for a relic of such power it could also send Voyager back to the Earth. If Janeway doesn't help him find it, then he'll rely on a Kazon, a Trabe and a Vidiian (who also have ships in orbit). She agrees...

CONTINUITY: The Kazon's last appearance before this was in Basics, Part II, the Trabe in Alliances, and the Vidiians in Resolutions.

DIVERGENCES: The crew seems filled with many more unknown aliens than I remember.

PANEL OF THE DAY - Food fight!
REVIEW: A terrible title to imagine at the top of an episode, but let that go. The issue spends half its time on "mounting tensions" that are clicheed by Voyager's standards, though Neelix caught in the crossfire is a good bit. It seems strained over all, however, with Kim and Paris landing in the brig and Chakotay giving Janeway the old "the captain can't be seen to crack" speech just because she makes a comment about Neelix's cooking. Maybe there's an alien influence at work, but that's hardly new. Once we get into the legend, well, it better stay a legend. A psionic device with the power to destroy entire systems? Strains credulity. And yet, here's a TOS-style magical alien who doesn't show up on sensors and somehow calls three other species to play his game at this very convenient moment. Too early to pan it at this point, but it'll of course turn out to be Gilligan's Island syndrome as there's no way Voyager returns to Earth thanks to this. As for the art, I think it is getting better, with a few nice expressions thrown into the mix.


Jeremy Patrick said...

Man, in their own way, these Voyager issues sound almost as bad as the Gold Key stuff . . .

So have you decided what you'll be doing when you run out of comics (in a couple of months by my less-than-stellar calculations)? I for one would like to see you keep up with the novels on a once-a-week basis, so that someday you'll have blogged about every single Star Trek story in existence and then you can compile every thing into a 17-volume "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Star Trek But Were Justifiably Afraid to Ask" series of books ;) (okay, maybe the length and title need work, but I do like the idea of you soliciting this material to try and get something published . . .)

Siskoid said...

I think I have a little more than 2 months... the Wildstom stuff and the IDW stuff after Marvel Paramount, and aren't there UK strips I should track down?

But yeah, after that, ST reviews will come more sporadically, keeping up with the books, but obviously not on a daily basis.

I've thought of re-editing the reviews and building a book from them, maybe on lulu or somesuch service, but of course, I would have to remove the images and the material remains available for free on the internet.

Austin Gorton said...

I would have to remove the images and the material remains available for free on the internet.

Eh, free online or not, I'd still buy a book. But I'm old-fashioned like that.

Siskoid said...

It may come to pass. I've been wanting to get into the book business after editing a friend's book, and the episode reviews were definitely something I was looking at as a first shot across the world's bow.


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