Thursday, August 31, 2006

I have just finished reading Star Trek: The Manga. It was okay. Mike Barr's story "'Till Death" was a rehash of "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," or "Chosen Realm" except this time it's a war between the sexes, and it ends in Balok and Loki fashion. "Anything But Alone" by Joshua Ortega rewrites Enterprise's "Oasis" and Deep Space Nine's "Shadowplay." Chris Dows' "Side Effects" gives us yet another origin of the Borg. "Orphans" by Rob Tokar comes close to originality but brings mecha into the Star trek Universe in a Marvel Comics fashion. (Anyone remember the Loch Ness monster attacking the Enterprise? That was from the so-called "House of Ideas.") "Oban" redoes "Elaan of Troyius" with an cute animal instead of a hot asian chick. Micheal Shelfer's art in the Oban is passable, even though he can't seem to decide which incarnation of the Enterprise he wants to use--the Original Series version or the movie version, or he is just too dependant on his refrences.

Is it too much to ask that we get an orginal story?

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