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Star Trek: Year Four (Star Trek (IDW)) Paperback – March 20, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek (IDW)
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (March 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600101615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600101618
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,832,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Oscar Fowler on October 27, 2009
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The chapters in this collection, each of which comprises a separate 'episode', read more like treatments or outlines rather than fully-realized stories. With the exception of the opening segment which, interestingly, picks up immediately after the events in final aired episode of Star Trek's original series ("Turnabout Intruder"), each story leaves one wanting for expository text or some sense of closure. Many questions are raised, but few are answered. Questions such as "Why is Captain Kirk behaving so oddly?", "Did the author run out of time?" and "Where's the rest of this?"

References to classic original series clichés are dutifully repeated in nearly every chapter. A Red Shirt will always be killed and Dr. McCoy will always state "He's dead, Jim." One mention of each of these in the collection would have been humorous, but one in each chapter comes across as satirical and disrespectful of the material.

The artwork ranges from interesting and appealing to awkward and childish. Some manga art has an intentional awkward childishness to it, but one gets the sense the art here is unintentionally so.

Overall, these stories feel like proofs of concept and not completed work. There's just enough here to make the volume worthwhile for fans, though they're likely to to be left unsatisfied.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Chu on April 27, 2008
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Warning: A few spoilers ahead...

This graphic novel is terrific for fans of the original Star Trek series. After a brief foreward, it contains multiple stories, including one story about dilithium with some references to today's politics on energy. The characters include Arex and M'Ress from Star Trek: The Animated Series. The artistry is well done. If you are a Star Trek fan of any era, it is definitely worth buying...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 15, 2013
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With the Enterprise testing a new Federation cloaking device, Kirk and Spock take a shuttle craft to see if they can pierce the ship's invisibility. But, it soon becomes apparent that something has gone wrong. The enterprising pair succeed in boarding the ship, only to discover it is out of phase - and when a Romulan ship arrives, they realize that they have trouble indeed!

But things are going from bad to worse as the captain finds out that the Organians have withdrawn from enforcing their cease-fire along the Federation-Klingon boarder, and full interstellar war looms. Now the Enterprise is on a race with the Klingons to find a cache of ancient Preserver technology, and if possible find out just where the Organians have gone.

OK, if the above description sounds like I am describing two unconnected stories, it should - I certainly saw no real connection between the stories.

But, that said, I did think that this was a very good graphic novel. The two stories are well written and interesting, and I thought that the illustration work was quite good. (Not excellent, perhaps, but quite good.) The authors did a good job of capturing the feel of the original series and the characters therein. Also, I must say that I enjoyed seeing so many characters from the TV series show up looking just like that do on the small screen.

Yeah, I enjoyed this graphic novel, and do not hesitate to recommend it.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Gwyn on April 19, 2008
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This is a great book. It really has the characterizations down pat. From McCoy saying "He's dead Jim" many times to the banter between Kirk, Spock and Bones, these stories have the feel of left-over scripts from the original series. The art is somewhat cartoony at times but it works. There is one instant classic panel which shows Kirk in his melodramatic pose of being in pain from an unseen force that will incite instant laughter from any fan of the show. The word balloons even have the emphasis on certain words in Kirk's dialogue to incorporate the immortal melodramatic cadence of William Shatner. Buy this book now, you'll love it. 5 stars.
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This graphic novel is meant to be a continuation into year four of the three-year run of the original Star Trek series. The crew of the Enterprise is still intact and the story lines all are continuations of episodes in the original series.
The first two chapters are a continuation of "The Enterprise Incident", where a supposedly deranged Kirk orders the Enterprise into the neutral zone with the Romulans. Kirk and Spock are under orders to capture a working version of a new cloaking device created by the Romulans that would allow them to penetrate Federation space undetected.
This story begins with the cloaking device installed on the Enterprise and being tested. Kirk and Spock are in a shuttle craft conducting a search pattern for the Enterprise and failing. However, when the time comes to end the test Scotty does not answer their hails and they must discover a way to get back on board the Enterprise.
The device has malfunctioned and Kirk and Spock must somehow restore the Enterprise and fight back against the Romulans that have arrived and are seeking revenge. For the commander of the Romulan ship is the very commander that was duped in "The Enterprise Incident."
The remaining chapters are a continuation of the episodes "Errand of Mercy" and "The Paradise Syndrome." In "Errand of Mercy", the Enterprise arrives at the planet Organia ahead of the Klingons, who are determined to subjugate the planet and use it as a base. A battle for control of Federation and Klingon space is also about to begin. To their surprise and consternation, the Organians prove to be advanced beings that end the war and force a peace treaty between the Federation and the Klingons.
In "The Paradise Syndrome" Kirk and Spock beam to a planet threatened by a collision with a large asteroid.
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