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review 2018-02-12 15:51
Collection of magazine articles.
Star Trek - All Good Things: A Next Gene... Star Trek - All Good Things: A Next Generation Companion - Titan Books

Spotted this at the library and since I love 'Star Trek' it seemed like it would be a fun read. Since I had not done any research prior to checking out the book I had been under the impression it had been a book specifically about the episode "All Good Things..." but it turns out it's actually a companion book to the 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' series. Oops! My mistake, but no big deal.


The book is actually a collection of magazine articles about the show. The actors, the movies, the episodes, the crew, etc. So it really depends on what you are looking for. If you were hoping for "new" information that was not in the articles that's not what this is. But if you're someone who liked the show and missed these articles or didn't want to/could not purchase the magazines at the time then this would be a good read.


There are some nice pictures, fun facts and the like. Since it's articles about the show you're not really going to get juicy gossip or stuff that is not going to promote TNG. Some of it was fun and informative, but some was stuff that could be found floating around the internet or some of it just wasn't interesting at all (sorry, I adore Patrick Stewart and Captain Picard but I wasn't interested in Stewart's cat). My own personal preference, though.


That's it. If you've already read the articles then you probably would be disappointed but a collector would probably like this a lot if they didn't already have the magazines or want something that has all of them together. The text font was also a bit small (I'm not familiar with the magazines so I'm not sure if it's me or what) and I've noticed some complaints about the formatting (e-book version?) so you may want to find a way to check this out and have a look before purchasing.

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review 2018-02-06 23:10
Star Trek Boldly Go #11-15
Star Trek: Boldly Go, Vol. 2 - Mike John... Star Trek: Boldly Go, Vol. 2 - Mike Johnson,Tony Shasteen

The Boldly comic series picks up after the latest Star Trek (Kelvin) movie.  In these issues, the crew is still splintered with Kirk, Sulu, and McCoy on a ship, Scotty working on the new Enterprise, and Spock and Uhura on New Vulcan.  I'm not sure where Chekhov is.


The strongest issues are 11 and 12, which is one storyline.  It brings back a couple characters from the first run of the Kelvin Star Trek run.  It was nice to see the characters again, and if the story was workmanlike, it was at least entertaining.


Issues 13-15 are part of an ongoing stor that is not concluded.  It is another Mirror Universe story, so female Kirk returns.  This isn't bad in and of itself, but it also feels repeatitve.  I get the wonder of the mirror universe, the what ifs are great ideas.  But in some ways, it always feels like "we don't know what else to do here, so let's trot it out again".  I can understand the slow, very slow, process of bring the crew back together, espeically when the comics are tied closely to the films, one of the reasons why Chekhov isn't fully addressed.  Still, it could have been better.  

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review 2018-01-05 18:04
Missing something
Star Trek: Next Generation - Ghosts - Javier Aranda,Joe Corroney,Zander Cannon

Not sure what it was, but I didn't engage with this enough for it to be pure five stars.  Maybe I was expecting things to go sideways after the Bumblebee miniseries, because same writer. 


It was a nice mini-series that felt very much like an episode of the series.  The characterizations felt just right, and the art was good, although occasionally things got wonky.


There are two factions, cultures, and peoples on a world, one that wants to become part of the Federation, and one that does not.   They are both fighting on planet, and it becomes harder and harder to tell what the truth is as the story goes on.  


Furthermore, both Picard and Worf are put in danger in different situations; Riker has to balance the needs of the peoples on planet, and also save his people as well.  

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review 2018-01-04 22:59
Love, love, love!
Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation 2 Volume 2 - David Tipton,Scott Tipton,J.K. Woodward,Gordon Purcell

This is the perfect ending: it all makes sense, and combines these two universes completely.  


I love the art, I love the characterizations and I'm moving onto TNG: Ghosts, because I have the urge to read more TNG now.

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review 2018-01-04 19:23
Borg/Cybermen combo
Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who Assimilation 2, Volume 1 - Scott Tipton

Um, yes.   So, so love this.   And having the Borg hook up to - and with - the Cybermen make sense: both are cyborgs who want to assimilate all else into a perfect, emotionless, robot-type race.   




It of course only makes sense for the Doctor and Picard to hook up, and their 'no, my enemy is worse' arguments are pretty hilarious.   Basically, I feel like this feels perfectly in place in both universes, the characterization is nailed, love the plot, and it's funny and gorgeously illustrated to boot. 


Love, love, love.   And I have the second volume via Humble Bundle, too!

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