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Review: Star Trek Classics: The Mirror Universe Saga

Star Trek Classics: The Mirror Universe Saga

Today’s generation of Star Trek fans are much fortunate in many ways. Technology has lot to do with it, as they have ways to connect with other fans around the world without ever meeting them. Streaming plays a large part in that as well , as they can watch several series within the franchise and at least two new shows before the year ends.

The one thing that just about every series has touched except for ST:TNG, is the Mirror Universe. As Discovery’s first season went right into making multiple visits over its 4 season run. My favorite was Enterprise’s adventure into that dark abyss, even changing the their theme song, into something ominous. In a story that has not seen publication in 30 years, we find the crew of the Enterprise shortly after the events of Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, facing evil versions of themselves in Star Trek Classics: The Mirror Universe Saga.

We find Spock still recovering from the events of Star Trek III, as his friends visit him, he still has trouble remembering exactly who they are. As Kirk, still reeling from the death of his son, appreciates the peace but something is wrong in the universe, as the Enterprise has just destroyed the research station where his ex-wife and the mother of his son as this crew is from the Mirror Universe. They wreak havoc across the fleet, wrecking the USS Courageous, but not before they run into the heroes we know, as a standoff between the counterparts, leads to some intense stare downs., where the good counterparts get captured. They would soon break free from their captors, and Kirk would find an ally onboard this version of the Enterprise, from his last adventure in the Mirror Universe, Marlena, who knows how beat this crew., taking control of the ship while their Mirror Universe counterparts hijack the the Excelsior and the Klingon Bird Of Prey they took during Search For Spock. While the evil version of Spock returns to Vulcan and gets into a fierce mind meld with the newly reborn Spock. Our heroes hatch a plan to enter the Mirror Universe and exact revenge on the invaders, but their plan fails, when their true identities are be found out, causing the crew to seek help from an unlikely ally in this universe, the Klingons. By the book’s end, they restore everything in order, and Kirk and Spock get their own commands.

Overall, Star Trek Classics: The Mirror Universe Saga is an action packed story, which is worthy of being a movie. The story by Barr is exciting. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, one of the best stories to come from original DC Comics run of Star Trek.

Story: Mike W. Barr Art: Tom Sutton, Ricardo Villagrãn
Color: Julianna Ferriter Letterer: John Costanza, Janice Chiang, Carrie Spiegle
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Purchase: comiXology/Kindle

Valiant Teams Up with Kowabunga Comics for an Exclusive Harbinger #1 (1992) Facsimile Reprint!

Valiant Entertainment has announced a new reprint of the classic Harbinger #1 from 1992, available exclusively through Kowabunga Comics.

The historic and must-read Harbinger #1 launched nearly three decades ago, paving the way for one of the industry’s most iconic super-hero teams whose impact can still be seen today. From writer Jim Shooter and artist David Lapham with inker John Dixon, colorists Janet Jackson & The Knobs and letterer John Costanza comes the ultimate super-hero team series that debuted back in Harbinger #1! The new Dawn of Man is upon us – and the world needs the awesome power of four seventeen year-olds on the road to hell…or heroism! 

Return to 1992 and rediscover the hit comic Harbinger #1 with this facsimile reprint that is sure to delight new and longtime fans alike. This Harbinger #1 facsimile reprint edition also includes the original mail-away coupon as well. 

The Harbinger #1 (1992) Facsimile Reprint comic can be purchased HERE exclusively from Kowabunga Comics. This reprint is limited to just 5,000 copies.

The new The Harbinger series from writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, artist Robbi Rodriguez, colorist Rico Renzi, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou is on sale October 27th, 2021.

Review: Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1

Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1

I’ve heard for so many years how great John Byrne’s Superman work was. He took over post-Crisis and redefined the character for the (then) modern age. Not an easy book to collect, with various out-of-print volumes. DC Comics has finally released a hardcover collecting the first part of Byrne’s work in Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1. I hold his X-Men, Fantastic Four and even his Alpha Flight stuff in pretty high regard. I’m not a huge Superman fan or DC fan. Would I feel the same way with Supes? 

The story is one we’re all familiar with: A scientist on a doomed planet sends his only son across the universe to an alien planet in an attempt to save his life and to spare him from his home world’s destruction. Upon crash-landing on Earth, he’s found by your typical Earth couple who adopt him and raise him as their own and in doing so, he discovers his amazing abilities and decides to use those to help do the right thing and save others. From there, tales with Braniac, Darkseid, the Phantom Stranger and others round out the volume.

John Byrne’s Superman work ends up being pretty stellar to someone like me, who gets to read it for the first time so many decades later. For one, I feel that for one who doesn’t love the decompression of storytelling that everyone has embraced, the pacing is quite enjoyable. The Man Of Steel mini-series would take well over a year by the new standard if done today. I felt like Byrne understood the characters. He wrote a truly amazing Superman and put him through the ringer, so to speak.  And in saying that, Superman comes off truly relevant to the world he exists in. Art-wise, I have always enjoyed John Byrne’s pencils/art and so I knew what I was getting into with this. I knew that part would not disappoint. 

Any problems? Mostly that I’m not a huge Superman fan. It feels odd to like this as much as I do. I’m sure a more traveled Superman/DC Comics fan could pick this apart but from what I know, this is one of the most sought-after comic book runs to get collected again. For me, it’s great to know that something that I’ve heard be so enjoyable actually held up over time, at least for me. This first volume maintains its look by having the art being done by Byrne and by Jerry Ordway in some spots. Terry Austin is one of the inkers involved with this and he’s probably the best inker Byrne worked with. The Adventures Of Superman issues are written by Marv Wolfman and also included. It’s great to see the other books of this era included.

Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1 ends up collecting Byrne’s Man Of Steel mini-series, Superman 1-4, Adventures Of Superman 424-428, and Action Comics 584 through 587. Some extras included are some Who’s Who ‘87 entries. It has a cover price of $49.99 and feels totally worth the price. Also, if DC Comics had released this a few years ago, it would most-likely just have a plain hardcover design underneath the dust jacket. This collection has a very nice art-on-book cover under the DJ. DC Comics has started to put some real quality on the collected editions that get released. If you are a Supes fan, this is one for you.

Story: John Byrne, Marv Wolfman, Jerry Ordway Art: John Byrne, Jerry Ordway
Ink: Dick Giordano, Terry Austin, Jerry Ordway, Mike Machlan, Karl Kesel
Color: Tom Ziuko Letterer: John Costanza, Albert DeGuzman
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: A definite read

Purchase: Amazon KindlecomiXology

Review: X-Men Classic: The Complete Collection Vol. 2

Classic X-Men were reprints of the original X-Men comics… with new material!? These collections collect that new material with some depth as to the history of it all.

X-Men Classic: The Complete Collection Vol. 2 collects Classic X-Men #24-44 and material from Marvel Fanfare #60.

Story: Chris Claremont, Ann Nocenti, Tom Orzechowski, Daryl Edelman, Fabian Nicieza, John Byrne
Art: John Bolton, June Brigman, Mark Bright, Rick Leonardi, Kyle Baker, Jim Lee, Jim Fern, Mike Collins, Kieron Dwyer, Dave Ross, John Byrne
Ink: John Bolton, Ro Richardson, Josef Rubinstein, Bob McLeod, Kyle Baker, Hilary Barta, Terry Austin, Ricardo Villamonte
Color: Glynis Oliver, John Bolton, Christie Scheele, Petra Scotese, Mike Rockwitz, Gregory Wright, Bob Sharen
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski, Joe Rosen, Jim Novak, Bill Oakley, Michael Heisler, Lois Buhalis, John Costanza, Diana Albers

Get your copy in comic shops now and on book shops on December 10! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.


Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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