Sunday, July 29, 2012
Weekend Comic Book Update (for 29 July 2012)
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Claudia Balboni
Before opening this, I expected it to be the re-imagination of the episode "The Trouble With Tribbles". But, instead, we're taken back even further and are shown the Tribble homeworld when the Enterprise encounters a Klingon bird of prey in Federation space.
When pursuit becomes futile, Kirk orders the ship to trace the Klingon's flight path back to its origin, which is a small planet in the Iota Germinorum system. One with "an abundance of local fauna and flora", according to Spock.
The away team finds Klingon explosive devices scattered through the surface, and it's a race against time to defuse them before they detonate.
I have to say that the original story is one of my favorites. So I had mixed hopes about how it would be redone for the new series. And I'm glad to say that I like how they tackled it. Johnson did a great job of taking what was a key aspect of that story, namely the Tribbles' dislike of Klingons, and turning it into a war the Klingons are determined to win! Well done, and I cannot wait for the next part!
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Mirco Pierfederici
Wrapping up the other-dimensional mission to stop the Nazi Zombies, the Asgardian Zombies and the Zombie Invaders from piloting a sled pulled by zombified Asgardian giant goats.
Yes, zombie goats! That eat ANYTHING! Including characters that are no longer necessary and who feel, as I said before, like they were there solely to be fodder for the zombies. That's why, in the end, I don't get invested in them nor am I surprised when they're killed off.
The mission is generally a success, Dum Dum and Howard The Duck return after Miss America performs the same heroic act as Captain America when she rides a rocket to stop it.
But, unfortunately, the story ends with the setup for ANOTHER zombie series. Something that Marvel needs to stop doing. Because, honestly, another world of zombie heroes and a cast of either heroes who aren't going to die or unknowns who you KNOW are going to die, is boring. And you're not doing it right anyway.
Writer: Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden
Artist: Ben Stenbeck
Dr. Leskovar and his creations come out to play, facing off against Lord Baltimore in this side story about good intentions and the hells they unleash on everybody.
Dr. Leskovar learns that his mistakes have been eaten by crabs who have turned into monsters. His creations want him dead, and he now considers himself the next step in human evolution.
Only he doesn't expect the next step in crab evolution.
A fine story, wrapped up nicely and done at just the right pace. Though I do so hope that Lord Baltimore does one day fine and destroy Haigus. It's very frustrating to see the hells this poor man has gone through while thinking he may never achieve his ultimate goal of revenge.
But, then, that may be his own personal Hell here on Earth.