Friday, July 17, 2009

Star Trek Omnibus Volume 2: Early Voyages

IDW gets it right this time. One of the best runs of Star Trek comics is back, and it looks a lot better than the first Omnibus, which had poor reproduction.

Early Voyages was a seventeen issue series featuring Captain Christopher Pike of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Every issue was written by Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton. The art team went through a few changes, with Patrick Zircher, Mike Collins, and Javier Pulio on pencils and Greg Adams and Steve Moncuse on inks, but there's not a single issue with bad art. In short, the book looks great, and it's a damn good read, too. Abnett and Edginton mix single issue stories and continued stories with occasional background arc elements. There are elements of Pike's past and Starfleet's future here, and some of the supporting characters, like Colt, get the spotlight.

The only problem with the book is that the comic was cancelled so abruptly that the last issue came before its continuing story had ended. But that's no reason not to read it. This is one of the best and most consistent runs of any Star Trek comic. If you like Star Trek but you've never read a Star Trek comic, this is a great one to start with.


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