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Star Trek: Early Voyages #5 – #6
December 31st, 2017 by Rusty

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Star Trek: Early Voyages #5 – #6

Star Trek: Early Voyages #5 cover
Date: June – July 1997
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $1.95 each
2017 NM Price: $3 each
Stats: Each: 22 color pages, Bullpen Bulletins, letter column and ads
Writers: Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton
Artists: Patrick Zircher, Greg Adams, Marie Javins and Janice Chiang
Notable Notes: Non-logical Vulcans!

To Boldly Go…

In the late 1990s Marvel briefly held the Star Trek license and published a few short-lived series, of which Early Voyages was arguably the most popular. The unique aspect of this series was that it featured Captain Pike – who, if you don’t know, was the original series captain in the un-aired pilot episode. (You can watch that episode on Netflix if you are interested.) He was replaced by Captain Kirk in the second episode and never seen again… until this series! Since I am a big Star Trek fan, and I only owned these 2 comic books from the series (which contain one story arc) I figured I’d give them a try and see if they satisfied both my comic and Star Trek geekiness! So, let’s see how they did.


Star Trek: Early Voyages #6 cover
Cloak & Dagger: Captain Pike and his away team, including the doctor and Spock, are on the remote and harsh planet of Darrien 224 searching for the crew of the missing U.S.S. Cortez. Just as they discover some clues to the missing ship they are attacked by a group of violent, angry Vulcans! But then they are rescued by a different group of violent, angry Vulcans – go figure! It turns out that both are factions from an ancient Vulcan group of explorers – ones who left their home planet before the logic enlightenment gave us the likes of Mr. Spock. Anyway, the Captain’s group is held hostage by one faction while the other tries to take over the Enterprise. But, due to some clever scheming and hearty defense neither faction is successful – although one of them uses a massive weapon to try and get their way, but alas, it only spells trouble for both Darrien 224 and its inhabitants. Suffice it to say that neither faction lives long nor prospers!

How I Rate These Issues:

  • Story: 3 stars – This felt like an episode of Star Trek! Although, I would consider it a rather typical episode, with some common tropes.
  • Art: 2 stars – Ugh, this was definitely the books’ weak point! The art was very erratic, going from nice, detailed scenes to crappy background figures with no faces! It felt like the artists were being lazy, and it kind of made me upset that they didn’t try harder.
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars – Regardless of the rather bland story and crappy art, it was still fun to read these comics! It felt like watching a missing episode of the original Star Trek series – which was kind of cool!

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