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Star Trek: Crew #3

Posted: Saturday, May 9, 2009
By: Ray Tate

John Byrne
John Byrne, Lovern Kindzierski (c)
IDW Publishing
"Ghosts"

Angel: Blood and Trenches is an utterly gorgeous depiction of naked pencil. For Star Trek: Crew, Byrne chooses a more traditional look for his art. The subject demands ink and color, but again, the title is a testament to Byrne's skill as an artist and a storyteller.

In the classic Star Trek, Jim, Bones, and Spock would beam down to a colony and discover that they've somehow been turned into Nazis or that they engage in blood and circuses. The makers of the show explained these original twists by suggesting that the leaders of the various colonies based their governments on the history they knew.

When Number One and her crewmates beam down to a planet that appears to be a dead ringer for the late '50s, Byrne captures the feel of Trek. Number One is our viewpoint character and through her Byrne lays out the clues and explores a superbly drafted environment.

The dialogue could have been clunky or merely serviceable. Instead, Byrne's choice of words economically characterize while fitting into the matter-of-fact professionalism of Starfleet personnel. The dialogue combined with the illustration carry the reader through a story that could travel in several different paths. Even when Byrne reveals the answer behind the mystery, the reader remains rapt.

Number One's fellow crewmen sometimes joke that she's becoming Vulcan, quickly applies her intelligence and experience to the situation. Byrne even jokes about her remarkable ability to make this unique intellect even more plausible.

The ending neatly bridges Byrne's imagined adventures for Number One and her actual posting on Enterprise. Once again, Byrne gives us all we need to know in just one panel that will Trekkers hear the opening majesty of Star Trek's theme.



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