Trek Manga — Big Eyes, Small MouthsIn September of 2006, TokyoPop did article that had not been done ahead aback they appear an album of bristles belief from Star Trek The Original Alternation told in the Japanese ‘manga’ style. For this TrekInk we booty a attending at the aboriginal two volumes of Trek Manga additional we accept an absolute attending at the abutting three from Tokyo Pop.
2006 – “Shinsei Shinsei”Tokyo Pop’s aboriginal effort, "Shinsei Shinsei" (新生新星 or "New Life, New Star") wasn’t absolutely successful, but featured a array of absorbing belief and artwork. The first, by Chris Dows featured a accessible agent for the Borg, while the second, was set in the after-effects of "The Galileo Seven", by Joshua Ortega. Mike W. Barr, columnist of the aboriginal 16 DC Star Trek comics in the mid-1980s contributed a adventure based on a gender war, while Jim Alexander did a adventure on a adept commitment gone wrong, and the aftermost story, by Rob Tokar featured the best Manga-esque art, by EJ Su and featured mechs.
EJ Su’s archetypal Manga appearance artwork of Chekov and Sulu (click to enlarge)
2007 – “Kakan ni Shinkou” A year later, Tokyopop appear a additional volume, blue-blooded "Kakan ni Shinkou" (果敢に進行) or “To Boldly Go”), featuring addition bristles stories. The best notable story, by Wil Wheaton was covered in Andrew Steven Harris’ cavalcade aftermost anniversary and was, to my mind, the best of the book. I won’t go into any added detail, as Andrew covered it absolutely well, so I’ll move assimilate the additional story.
The additional story, "The Trial" is by Mike Wellman with art by Nam Kim and tells a adventure of Kirk actuality put on balloon for both his crimes and his abeyant crimes. He finds himself in a apprehension centermost on Kos forth with abounding added detainees, including a Klingon captain alleged Kofk. The detainees cat-and-mouse for balloon allows Nam Kim to appearance a advanced array of breed including a Breen, an Andorian, and a Gorn. The adventure itself isn’t the strongest, but has a rather able denouement.
The General’s abettor knows that the Zhorans will… do something. We think. (click to enlarge)
The third adventure is my admired in the album and is blue-blooded "Communications Breakdown". Accounting by Christine Boylan, it is set in the actual after-effects of "The Changeling", not continued afterwards Uhura’s academician was wiped of accent and anamnesis by the Nomad probe. It focuses on the accomplish that she has to booty to clean her activity and acknowledge herself as the communications administrator aboard the Enterprise. On her aboriginal day aback at work, she detects article amiss with an admission ache call, but Spock questions her adeptness to do her assignment properly. I don’t appetite to blemish the tale, but answer it to say that Uhura proves her worth.
For me, the fourth adventure was the better anticlimax in the book. Accounting by Diane Duane, "Scaean Gate" tells the adventure of a autocrat from one planet traveling to the planet they are at war with in adjustment to agent peace. The adventure focuses on Dr. McCoy and his interactions with the autocrat and her pet Thirsk, while assuming the trials of the Enterprise as they action off raiders and pirates forth the voyage. For me, the adventure had a lot of abeyant and started off activity like a archetypal episode, but abominably it never absolutely seemed to gel, abrogation it for me as the weakest adventure in the book.
Dr. McCoy gets to appraise a beastly Vulcan boy. The absolute catechism is… if he’s a beastly Vulcan, does that not accomplish him about Romulan? (click to enlarge)
The final adventure was accounting by Paul Benjamin and takes abode on Vulcan at a commemoration adulatory the bearing of Surak, the philosopher who took the Vulcans from a beastly chase to the analytic blank chase that Spock exemplified. At the ceremony, they participants are attacked by a agrarian beastly race, and a adolescent and beastly Vulcan boy is found. As time is spent with him, the Vulcans adjacent activate to backslide to their pre-Surak teachings, Spock included. McCoy is affected to try to break the botheration with an casuistic Spock. The final band-aid is an absorbing one, but the resolution about feels a bit too simple, but still works in the ambience of the story.
How does the additional book assemblage up to the first? I am not abiding that it is absolutely as good, but the belief by Wil Wheaton and Christine Boylan accomplish this additional aggregate able-bodied account the cost. What about addition who does not apprehend manga books? What would they anticipate of this? I am not a fan of anime and manga myself, and I best up the aboriginal of these on a bit of a lark. By the time that I’d accomplished the aboriginal story, I knew that I capital to aces up the additional volume. These anthologies accept a administration accepted from the medium, but, for the best part, arena adequately accurate to the feel of Star Trek.
2008 New TOS Absolute Awning and DetailsRecently, Tokyopop appear a third Original Alternation album advantaged "Aratanaru Michi He" (also termed "Uchu", which agency "Universe" in Japanese). Due in July 2008, it is 192 pages continued and will affection four 45-page stories. Tokyo Pop’s Luis Reyes gives TrekMovie.com the aboriginal capacity on the four stories.
The aboriginal is blue-blooded "Bandi", and is accounting by David Gerrold (writer "Trouble with Tribbles") with art by Don Hudson. Like abounding of Gerrold’s stories, this is activity to be a animated story, and will affection Kirk aggravating to ascendancy his anger. Wil Wheaton allotment to address a additional story, teaming up with EJ Su already again. The story, "Art of War" shows Kirk ambidextrous with his abhorrence of Klingons, but for the aboriginal time affectionate too (foreshadowing the accord accord amid the Federation and the Klingons). The third adventure is alleged "Inalienable Rights" and is accounting by Nathaniel Bowden with artwork by Heidi Arnold. This is a account of chastity about a aboriginal acquaintance with a chase that is not yet accessible and will focus added on Scotty. The final adventure is contributed by Luis Reyes, the editor of the Manga alternation with art by Nate Wilson. Blue-blooded "Sonata", it tells a adventure of Spock in command and award it abandoned at the top.
EXCLUSIVE: Aboriginal attending at the awning from Tokyo Pop’s third Manga (not final…click to enlarge)
TNG accepting its own Mangas too!The additional bit of absolute account from Tokyopop is that there are two Abutting Generation manga anthologies advancing soon. The aboriginal will be accession this October, with a additional aggregate afterward in February. Authors for the aboriginal aggregate accommodate Diane Duane, David Gerrold, Christine Boylan, and FJ DeSanto.
UPDATE: Wil Wheaton on accessible MangaIn a new blog column at Wil’s best accomplished home on the web, WWdN: In Exile, Wil Wheaton addendum that back TrekMovie.com has appear it, he is now chargeless to babble about his abutting Manga Adventure (for aggregate 3). From his post:
Writing scenes amid Kirk and a Klingon administrator was as abundant of a adventure as it was a challenge. I knew that I was demography a huge accident with the story, and it was activity to alive or die based aloft how these two guys interacted. I had this alarming and abrupt Biographer moment while alive on a arena amid them, aback I aloof got out of the way and let the characters allocution to me. I apperceive it sounds actual “ooga booga” but I felt, for the aboriginal time in my activity as a capital-W writer, like I was transcribing article real, rather than authoritative article up. It was affectionate of a big accord for me.
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