Classic Episodes Re-imagined…Kind of in STAR TREK NEW VISIONS THE TRAVELER Review
Photoplay (Story and Art) by John Byrne
Published by IDW Publishing
Star Trek New Visions is the perfect gift for yourself or the Star Trek fan in your life. New Visions is the Star Trek relaunch with the original cast we didn’t get! It takes a format similar to that of the Fotonovels from the 70’s by Bantam books. The main difference being with New Visions we don’t simply get a retelling of a classic episode but a new adventure plotted out by comic legend John Byrne.
This issue begins with the Enterprise on patrol in the Beta Quadrant. While on patrol the ship comes into contact with a distortion of the Space Time Continuum. Further examination determines that the distortion is concentrated into an area no larger than a hundred meters. With this Captain Kirk orders the distortion to be brought up on screen only to reveal an alien vessel.
After determining that the atmosphere aboard the alien ship is able to support human life a boarding party is formed and beams over to investigate. While exploring the alien ship the boarding party finds a humanoid in some sort of stasis. Here, at the request of Dr. McCoy the humanoid is transferred to the Enterprise for further examination. Once onboard the Enterprise the humanoid wakes up and claims that the Enterprise and her crew are in danger for the Q’Al are coming.
The writing in New Visions reminds me of many of the best episodes of the original series. Here we have Captain and crew at their best as they outsmart and outmaneuver a seeming superior opponent. The dialog in the issue also reminded so much of the original series that I even read it in the original actors voices.
As for the art, this is a photoplay so most of the images here are lifted from the original series. Byrne fills in backgrounds and characters as needed for the story and for the most part this works wonderfully with only a few minor exceptions. The exceptions mainly consist of areas where blacks were not even or the perspective seemed off. I would imagine this is because images from the original television series are superimposed over a created background in the issue.
What really stands out overall is the attention to detail that Byrne put into the issue. I thought to myself as I read the issue that it must have been a chore to make sure the images he chose were consistent and helped tell the story. Byrne’s work and dedication to the original series really shows and I for one will be back for more!