to negotiate a treaty that would lead to the Federation gaining mining rights on the mineral rich planet. Three issues left and Marvel pulls this one out of its fanny? This is probably the most intense issue of the series as Barr draws some pretty spot on parallels from Earth’s history. Kirk calls a briefing of all crew members on the ship's massive new recreation deck. When McCoy joins the Spock rescue party, it’s up to Chapel to keep Fowler alive. Furious, Kirk demands to know why Decker countermanded his order. (Hey, Marvel kept Kirk’s shirt on until issue fourteen so give them some credit.) Also, this series we are about to warp into took place on the Enterprise’s second five year mission, a period of time that the stillborn Star Trek: Phase II TV series was supposed to take place in. Now, there’s a danger that the starship will crash into the Phaetonians home world causing billions of deaths. And here we are at the end of Marvel’s first Star Trek era. Kirk dies fighting the phantom pirates, but The Sustainer revives him, showing that his people have conquered life and death. He doesn’t even have one… so what can he feel for you? So, the creative chaos continues for Marvel. To kick off the issue, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Chekov, and a female Andorian officer named Themon beam down to the planet Valerian to resupply the Andorian colonists that are building a settlement on the verdant world. But, with Star Trek, Marvel had the granddaddy of all sci-fi licenses. Instead, we are treated to the art of Mike Nassar, an artist who may have had a great deal of influence on Frank Miller. Over a decade later, fans got to experience the beginning of The Next Generation and visit Deep Space Nine, followed by the adventures of Voyager and a look into the past with Enterprise. McCoy’s crew indeed free Spock and slay the chieftain of the rival tribe. Star Trek First Contact (1996) Autographed, Star Trek PB (1982 Marvel Illustrated Books) The Further Adventures of the Starship Enterprise, Star Trek The Next Generation (1990 Marvel) UK Fortnightly Magazine, Star Trek The Next Generation Riker Special (1998), Star Trek The Next Generation X-Men Second Contact (1998). Art by Dave Cockrum and Klaus Janson. The Enterprise arrives at the planet Goran IV because of a big fat Federation screw up. Nonplussed, Kirk informs him that the main reason Decker is staying aboard. The people of Solopziz engaged in war for millennia, so now that they are ready to be revived, The Sustainer needed mercy and compassion added to their DNA. The post office and other shippers are overwhelmed and some shipments may experience significant delays. Pasko has written about every great character in comics, but this was his first crack at Trek, so let’s see how he does. Including Star Trek: Voyager, Pokemon Go, Marvel Vs … 1 Image(s) from Star Trek Vol 1 3; Footnotes This issue is emblazoned with an Ed Hannigan cover featuring Captain Kirk dressed as a pharaoh using his scepter to bring a stone sphinx to life in order to attack his crew. This issue is probably the most pure Trek of the Marvel run so far and is well worth checking out for a true Rodenberry like experience. Suddenly, the crew is attacked by a rampaging sphinx statue. I really can’t think of a more appropriate way to end this era of Star Trek comics. Pasko makes it very clear that Kirk and Hester were once an item and, when the two find themselves alone together, the space soap opera begins. And it all was happening while Kirk, Spock, and Sulu fought gym equipment. Sadly, this issue does not feature Cockrum art. So, why didn’t they just do that in first place? All Issues; In Stock; 11 CGC; 20 CBCS; 2 Auctions; Display. Issue one ends with Spock boarding the Enterprise, not exactly the most riveting cliffhanger. So, it looks like, at this point, Star Trek was Wolfman’s baby as he guides the Enterprise into that fabled second five-year mission…. McCoy and his new pals prepare a rescue mission to free Spock and McCoy shows them how to use a bow and arrow because prime directive shrime directive. You know what, though? Speaking of meaty, Kirk and Hester continue their star-crossed romance until it was revealed that the insanity wave is somehow connected to Hester’s grandmother and a mission she went on years earlier. Hey, at least she was in the issue. A Starfleet probe fell to Goran IV and the satellite’s fuel poisoned the planet’s atmosphere. Spock is tapping Kirk on the shoulder as a bug eyed monstrosity approaches form the rear. After eleven issues, Scotty has barely left engineering. He has to deal with Spock, Kirk and McCoy returning to the Enterprise, the re-introduction of the Enterprise’s classic crew, and the introduction to newcomers Ilia and Decker. While Martin Pasko provides stability on the writing side with this fifteenth issue, we have an editorial shake up as Al Milgrom takes over from Louise Jones. Barr keeps the action taut and McDonnell’s art is downright gorgeous as Kirk and company take on the Clerics of the Cathedral, a bunch of super creepy hooded inquisitors. This issue is classic Trek as things get personal for the crew. Anyway, this issue features a civil war between two alien races: the blue-skinned Org and the insectoid Mox. ends Monday November 16! All of a sudden, McCoy’s chief friend starts sacrificing women to the dragon god in thanks for his new weapons and victory. The facility is destroyed quickly while the horrified Enterprise crew looks on. The cover features a space serpent dragon monster thing coiled around the Enterprise. Because, you see, Chekov and Themon are an item. The whole issue was a meditation on the friendship between the crew of the Enterprise. So, as we head into the era of Star Trek: Discovery, let us remember and honor the wonderful wackiness of the past produced by Marvel Comics — gnomes and all. Kirk agrees to relocate the colonists and everyone — gnome, human, Vulcan, and Andorian — lives happily ever after… except for the fact there is now a planet of nigh omnipotent gnomes who ride bats somewhere in the galaxy. There’s a whole bit about the Hephaestains gaining intelligence through symbiotic implants and the Klingons trying to destroy the symbiotes in order to render the Hephaestians animalistic nature so they can take the planet from a non-intelligent species. He informs Scotty that he has been given command of the Enterprise, and gets his first glimpse of the newly refit vessel. Yup, McCoy’s daughter. When they venture outside, they find the girl killed by a beast. And they aren’t damaged or arguing about Chekov’s virility, they aren’t estranged or embittered, they are just young lovers who care about each other. See Also. Drexler is a total megalomaniac and spouts touchy-feely nonsense to the crew, encouraging them to embrace their desires and shirk their duties. Anyway, the explanation was rather clever if a bit overly complex, but I really dug how Spock saved the day — even if I wish more Marvel monsters showed up. The Enterprise’s mission in this issue is to transport a controversial new age (I guess it’s the future so that would be new new new age) guru Doctor Wentworth and his assistant Andrea Manning away from a planet overrun by radiation. These books, often featuring photographic covers taken from The Original Series, are highly collectable and still prized by Trekkers. This is the type of race that can only be pulled off in comics as a TV effects budget would never allow for such an anatomically impossible group of aliens. But the takeaway here is: once you go Kirk, you can’t go back. They all find out the ambassador’s son had disguised himself as Spock and this is when things take a very odd and melodramatic turn. The issue starts with Rand introducing Kirk to her new husband while, in his log narration, the captain laments losing Rand as she joins the crew of the USS Icarus. Well, Spock and McCoy take a shuttlecraft down to the primitive planet Barak-7 for a survey mission. The two writers have a tall order as they most explain how the heck there is a haunted house in space and also suss out how the heck Dracula attacked the Enterprise. It turns out that, yeah, the Federation almost inadvertently committed genocide as the elderly and infants on Goran IV are succumbing to the atmospheric poisons, but there is more drama planet-side. Another issue, another creative shift. Fans of Trek minutia will remember that DiFalco took over for Ilia after the bald woman’s death at the hands of V’ger in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Star trek comic books published by Marvel. It turns out that The Sustainer is getting ready to revive the people of Solopziz, all of whom were kind of arrogant D-bags. Sadly, there is little by way of oddball aliens in the first Trek film, so Cockrum doesn’t get to flex those muscles like he did on his classic run on Legion of Super-Heroes. As soon as the Icarus embarks on its mission with the Phaetonians and Rand on board, the Phaetonians go mad and take over the ship’s systems. The cover of the fourth issue has Kirk and a generic Starfleet officer firing at a giant skeleton with red eyes and a red hood. Please enable JavaScript in your browser and refresh the page. Anyway, with Kirk transforming into a pharaoh last issue, it seems that this will be two issues in a row where James T. is somehow polymorphed, but, alas, the cover is a bit of a bait-and-switch as Kirk and company are simply wearing disguises throughout the issue. Well, no TV budget is bringing that to life in 1981, so go comics! Kirk and his crew are trying to evacuate a primitive people out of the Andrea system before a radioactive Vega cloud engulfs the sector, killing all life. At this point, it’s becoming clear that they deeper Marvel goes in this series, the less of a priority it becomes as every issue features a reshuffled creative team. Based on the screenplay by Harold Livingston and the Story by Alan Dean and Gene Roddenberry. And a generic female officer floating in space surrounded by angry-looking bald heads. As Scotty and the crew are getting trash compactered, Spock takes down the possessed Kirk and saves the day. I guess Barr wants people to believe that Sulu takes his fencing sword everywhere. Martin Pasko returns for the eleventh issue and hopefully won’t have Kirk and his crew shatter every moral underpinning of the Star Trek universe like the previous one did. Drexler compels the crew to mutiny so Uhura and Sulu make the mind-controlled heel turn because they want to go on vacation. Oh, Bronze Age, thy name is variety. Speaking of odd-looking aliens, issue number eight of Marvel’s Trek sports a classic Cockrum cover with some really cool-looking floating bug aliens disassembling a yellow Uniformed Mister Spock. It features a male Starfleet officer that I think is supposed to be Kirk? It was a bit paint by numbers, but Pasko plate spins many plot threads to come up with an exciting adventure while Cockrum is his usual awesome self, particularly with the design of the Mox. and on the web since 1996. Ladies and gentlemen, we have the first healthy romantic relationship in a Marvel Star Trek comic and it belongs to a brave Andorian and the underutilized Pavel Chekov! Kirk orders him beamed aboard, and informs McCoy that he is needed, as an explanation for the doctor's reserve activation. Without all the wistful staring out of windows, the V’Ger story is kind of one sitting digestible.