Comic Book Review: Star Trek Volume 6: After Darkness

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Star Trek Volume 6: After Darkness

by Claudia Balboni (illustrator), Erfan Fajar (illustrator), Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrott

Series: Star Trek Graphic Novels #6
Publication: IDW Publishing on November 19th 2013
Genres: Comic Book, Graphic Novel, Sci-Fi
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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After Darkness picks up right where this year's blockbuster sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness leaves off!

Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise face a dire new threat rising in the wake of the movie's momentous events!

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’ve never read a Star Trek comic book before, to be honest, but as a huge fan of the franchise and as someone who has most definitely seen the recent movie that the events of this comic book are a sequel to, I felt pretty qualified to go into this without having read previous installments in the comic book series.

Right off the bat, the art style is beautiful. The renderings of the Enterprise, the crew, and space itself were well-executed. The author’s writing style lent itself well to the Star Trek universe. The comic reads like a Star Trek movie. Kirk’s voice was a fantastic representation of his voice in the new movies. I especially loved the banter between Kirk and Bones–that’s always been one of my favorite aspects of Star Trek in any medium–and Chekov, with his “Keptin!” and “Wulcan” was just perfect.

The storyline itself was interesting, compelling, and kept me reading. I really enjoyed it–especially reading about the Gorn again! Though definitely a different entity from the films, I felt this comic book tied in well to the (alternate) universe already established in the two newest films.

After reading this, I’m definitely interested in picking up other installments in the Star Trek comic book series, especially those created by this team.

2 Comments

  • Reply Kelley (Another Novel Read) October 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I don’t read a lot of comics, so I almost skipped this review… until I saw the words STAR TREK. And this sounds pretty awesome! I adore Star Trek, and I’ve enjoyed reading a few of the Star Trek novels, so maybe I’ll give the comic book a try too. So glad you enjoyed this one! :)
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    • Samantha Claire
      Reply Samantha Claire October 12, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      Hooray for Star Trek! You should give it a go! This is one of only a few comic books I’ve ever read to completion, and I really enjoyed it!

      I’ve never read any of the Star Trek novels, but I’m hoping to change that soon. :)

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