Star Trek 5 (January 2012)

It’s hard to take Star Trek seriously. Joe Corroney’s art concentrates on photo likenesses of the new movie cast–he photo-references to the point when two people are in the same panel, they don’t even occupy the same physical space. And scripter Mike Johnson is just adapting old episodes in the new movie continuity. What he does add doesn’t seem substantial.

It all makes Trek a missed opportunity. The creators treat the comic as nothing but a check to cash, but there’s a lot of possibility. For example, this issue features the crew attacked by a planet’s zombie-like inhabitants. Star Trek vs. Zombies. Ought to be fun, right?

Not with Corroney’s art. The issue gets a little more compelling once it’s off the Enterprise, but then the action sequences fizzle.

Johnson also seems incapable of giving characters moments; he gives them one liners instead.

It’s tepid and lame.


Operation: Annihilate, Part 1; writer, Mike Johnson; artist, Joe Corroney; colorist, John Rauch; letterer, Neil Uyetake; editor, Scott Dunbier; publisher, IDW Publishing.

One Comment

  1. vernon wiley

    As much in agreement as I would be to your criticism, I think you have to take into account that these guys probably weren’t paid any money to do this stuff. Definitely a missed opportunity, though. Star Trek vs. Zombies sounds cool to me, and I’m not even a Star Trek fan.

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