Star_Trek_IDW_ongoing_issue_5_cover_AExploring the Star Trek Universe through comics. Spanning four decades reviewing the newest stories & those from the comic archives.

Welcome to issue 7 of The Holodeck. In this week’s issue we continue our look at IDW’s current ongoing series with “Operation Annihilate!” and “Vulcan’s Vengeance”

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Issue 7: IDW Ongoing Star Trek #5: Operation Annihilate Part 1

IDW – Star Trek Ongoing: Operation Annihilate

Details: Publisher: IDW January 2012

Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Joe Corroney
Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Colourist: John Rauch
Cover artist: Tim Bradstreet
Editor: Scott Dunbier

Our Thoughts: This story was a great first parter. It follows in the footsteps of the original episode but manages to break away in some interesting directions. We felt that there was more menace from the creatures which adds to the story and finding Kirk’s brother alive was unexpected. The art we felt was amazing (apart from Spock’s nose) with some great likenesses.

The Final Verdict: Overall, a great story & art.

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Star_Trek_IDW_ongoing_issue_6_cover_AIssue 7: IDW Ongoing Star Trek #6: Operation Annihilate Part 2

IDW – Star Trek Ongoing: Operation Annihilate

Details: Publisher: IDW February 2012

Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Joe Corroney
Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Colourist: John Rauch
Cover artist: Tim Bradstreet
Editor: Scott Dunbier

Our Thoughts: The story concludes in the same way it started with strong storytelling and art. This issue the writer moves away from the original episode and almost tells a standalone story. Watching Kirk find his family was enjoyable and again we see strains on the Spock / Uhura relationship. Some good interactions between the main characters. The art again is very strong with some great backgrounds.

The Final Verdict: Overall, although this is a retelling of the classic episode it manages to stand on its own in terms of story & art .

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StarTrek_Ongoing_issue_7Issue 7: IDW Ongoing Star Trek #7: Vulcan’s Vengeance Part 1

IDW – Star Trek Ongoing: Vulcan’s Vengeance

Details: Publisher: IDW March 2012

Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Joe Phillips
Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Colourist: John Rauch
Cover artist: Tim Bradstreet
Editor: Scott Dunbier

Our Thoughts: Finally we get to see an original story in the JJ verse and we are not disappointed. We find out some interesting facts about Vulcan and the aftermath of the planets destruction in the 2009 film. The story has quite the mystery feel to it and the story flows well with nonstop action. A nice ending that leaves you with more questions. The art for us was not on par with the previous issue, some of the likenesses were not great but overall details were good.

The Final Verdict: Overall, a good first part that leaves you wanting more.

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Star_Trek_ongoing_issue_8_cover_AIssue 7: IDW Ongoing Star Trek #8: Vulcan’s Vengeance Part 2

IDW – Star Trek Ongoing: Vulcan’s Vengeance

Details: Publisher: IDW April 2012

Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Joe Phillips
Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Colourist: John Rauch
Cover artist: Tim Bradstreet
Editor: Scott Dunbier

Our Thoughts: The second part starts at high warp speed. We get to see the Romulan Empire with some great details on the planet, the senate but we were not too keen on the flying cereal bowls. We see Kirk the diplomat which is nice while Spock has some interesting interactions with Sarek. Again this story flows well and concludes well. We both thought that this had some small resemblances to “Balance of Terror”. Again we felt that the art was not strong with likenesses but the rest of the story was drawn well.

The Final Verdict: Overall, this original story stands out well and shows that they do not need to go back to the original series that often.