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IDW Publishing Reviews – Star Trek #1 and Ghostbusters #1

IDW PublishingIt felt right lumping these two comics together to review.  IDW Publishing has debuted this week (Ghostbusters) and last (Star Trek), two heavy weights when it comes to established properties.  There’s lots of good and bad when it comes creating comics off of established universes, you tend to be restrained by the stories you can tell and how you can portray character (bad), but you also get an established audience (good).  But, when all is said and done, it’s the story that matters.  It doesn’t matter I can pick up the continuing stories of some of my favorite characters if it’s horrible.  So how do these stack up?  Find out below.

Star Trek #1

Writer – Mike Johnson, Artist – Stephen Molnar, Colorist – John Rauch, Letterer – Neil Uyetake

Star Trek #1There’s been some previous comic book series (I’ve never read them), but this is the first (I believe) to be an ongoing one taking place in the new universe set by J.J. Abrams big screen reboot.  The characters are a bit younger and green and the Enterprise a new vessel that’s not exactly the unbeatable juggernaut we’ve seen in previous films.

The plot is interesting having the crew head to the edge of the galaxy where they experience a strange event and find a mysterious distress beacon.  The mystery is cool and a lot of the Star Trek winks are there (guess the crew member to die! hint, he wears red). The art is good and there’s so solid translation from the already existing designs to the comic book page.  My one gripe is the faces are a bit flat and don’t show enough emotion.

The comic feels like a continuation of the movie and a bridge for it’s eventual sequel, which is great.  I might not have been a big fan in the past and reader of any of the Trek comic books before, but there’s more than enough there to get me to come back for a second issue.  If you’re a die-hard fan or a new one from the movies, this is a definite buy.

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Ghostbusters #1

Writer – Erik Burnham, Art – Dan Schoening, Color – Luis Antonio Delgado, Letterer – Shawn Lee

Ghostbusters #1Who you gonna call?  It’s been too long since we had a Ghostbusters movie and hopefully we’ll get one soon.  What better way to get that ball rolling and get people pumped, than kick of a new comic book series.  But, the question is, what tone will it take?  You can go the horror route or you can take a comedic route, or you can do a blend.  The tone of the comic book series is more in line with the old animated cartoon series (can’t say I ever watched it).  There’s a lot of humor here and some “horror” moments you might find in the movie, ie more on the humorous side.

The comic is good and feels like a nice continuation of the movies.  It references both a lot, which help solidify what we might expect and it looks like the new bad guy will directly reference the first movie.

The art was my issue with the series.  It’s a bit too cartoony, it matches the old cartoon (duh).  There’s a short story after featuring a certain bureaucrat that has a different style that I think would actually be better for the main series.  It’s kind of hard to get scared by some nasty ghost when they’re a bit funny to look at.  Maybe I’ll be wrong in the long run, but that’s my concern.

Otherwise, I loved the first issue.  The story was fun and it’s perfect for adult fans and safe to give your younger kids (and then introduce them to the genius of the first movie).

Story: 7.75 Art: 7 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy for FREE for review.