Star Trek 1213: The Storm

Because of time constraints, I've decided to barrel through the comics series on the next few Sundays instead of the normally scheduled Star Trek novels. It'll give me time to rest up without missing a day.

1213. The Storm

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: Voyager #1, Marvel Comics, November 1996

CREATORS: Laurie S. Sutton (writer), Jesus Redondo (artist)

STARDATE: Unknown (between Threshold and Meld)

PLOT: Voyager encounters an ion storm in which a Talaxian ship is trapped. The ship goes in for a rescue, but the storm makes transporters and tractor beams unusable. Instead, Janeway has Kim deploy the landing struts to grab the smaller ship. When a strut blows, she finally authorizes the use of the transporter, but an ion discharge yanks the Talaxians into a quantum fissure...

CONTINUITY: Neelix created a holographic version of Janeway's dog Molly (Caretaker) in the holodeck. Paris picked up a baseball subroutine while on DS9.


PANEL OF THE DAY - Baseball-playing Vulcans were never dressed so sensibly.
REVIEW: First off, let me commend Jesus Redondo's art. I really like it. Though highly stylized, his likenesses are still excellent. The way he uses panels, especially when different parts of the ship communicate, is simple, but well done, and there's an energy that carries you through the book. As for the writing, well, it reads like a Voyager script. On the one hand, Sutton has managed to capture the show's feeling exactly. On the other, it is a feeling I truly hate. There's technobabble aplenty, the Delta Quadrant is painted as the smallest place on Earth (never previously met Talaxians know Voyager has - watchacallit - transporters) and it all ends on a temporal anomaly thingamajig. I do appreciate the attempt at creating character moments for everyone in the holodeck. Sutton's flowery narration, however, could become tedious. But the art elevates the whole thing, so it's not a total failure, and I guess true Voyager fans will find what they naturally enjoy from this first issue.


hiikeeba said...

I was not a fan of the art on this series, especially they way everyone seemed to stand and walk with their arms held horizontally, like they were walking a tightrope.


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