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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek the Manga
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop; 1 edition (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598167448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598167443
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 4.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I will be buying Volume 2, this was good enough to make me want to read the next one.
GameraRocks
Each story is written and drawn by a different artist, so expect a wide variety of art styles, although many of the plots are reminiscent of the original script style.
Nicholas Zimmerman
I didn't really like the Borg thing (I think V'Ger started the Borg, for all those who've seen the first movie), but the story was ok.
Elianna Greenleaf

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tom Knapp VINE VOICE on May 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
As part of an ongoing manga invasion of the West, TokyoPop has tackled the original Star Trek series with a collection of tales infused with new energy for a generation that adores Eastern cartooning. A Trek fan from way back -- particularly the Kirk years -- I was intrigued and, yes, a little excited to set out on this new set of action-packed missions.

Unfortunately, it's not very good.

The black-and-white art isn't bad, really, although the five artists at work here don't have anything close to a unified style, making it hard sometimes to keep characters straight. It doesn't help that the artists apparently have no idea what McCoy or Chekov look like; at least you can always recognize Spock, because of his ears; Uhura, because she's a shade darker than the rest; and Kirk, because he's always in the thick of things and giving orders. But the stories range from bland to tedious.

by Tom Knapp, Rambles.(n e t) editor
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Nixon on November 9, 2006
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As a fan of the classic Trek and a fan of manga, I figured I might like this, plus the novelty of owning a Star Trek manga is kind of a hilarious icebreaker I suppose

The stories are all passable, but come off more as pastiches of bad fanfiction with good drawings to go with them. Yeah, that was the Borg Queen, and yeah, the story was crap. The saucer seperation story was interesting too, but only because the saucer separates. Other stories vary from genuinely enjoyable to absolutely terrible (I'm looking at you Mobile Suit Pirate Boy story).

Nitpick, nobody, and I mean NOBODY, on anyt of the art teams was able to draw McCoy right and Chekov was definitely just average otaku stencil with a Beatle wig in most of them.

A translation of the title would have been lovely too

I'll give it four stars, but mostly because the attitude of Shatner drips off of all the manga Kirks, and you can absolutely hear Nimoy talking with most of Spock's dialogue, so they at least got the main two right.

Some more Uhura action would have been nice, have the girl fire a phaser or open a channel, just something

Anywho, the manga was good, the Trekking was good, so do pick this up and try it for yourself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Josh R. on December 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
I got this chiefly because of the hype surrounding it. Seriously, I'm glad it was given to me as a gift, because I liked it far less than I thought I would. The artwork was okay, although the differing styles from artist to artist made it hard to follow. The stories reminded me of the lesser episodes of the Animated Series. In the strictest tradition of Star Trek, this was pretty much what Fry said in Futurama: "79 episodes... about 20 good ones"... this was about 25% good at best. I kind of saw the Borg story coming about a mile away.

If you really want this, get it as a gift. I really thought this would be interesting and good, but at best it was interestingly-different.

My best friend bought me this for Hanukkah. He asked me if he could borrow it after I was done with it. I'm kind of tempted to just let him have it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elianna Greenleaf on April 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
This was a BIIIG disappointment for me. I saw this and thought "Oh, that's that new Star Trek thing!" I'm a Trekkie and I love TOS, so I got it, thinking "It must be good!" Well, it was to manga like Enterprise was to live-action Star Trek TV shows--horrid. It was as if they said "It's Star Trek, right? Well, they should be happy with it! Who cares about storylines and stuff like that?"

#1("Side Effects"): Horrible artwork. I didn't really like the Borg thing (I think V'Ger started the Borg, for all those who've seen the first movie), but the story was ok. I have to keep saying it, though--HORRIBLE artwork. Everyone looks like a deer in the headlights!

#2("Anything but Alone"): Pretty good for artwork. The art fits the TOS theme--old-fashioned, like something you'd see in the '50s or '60s. The story feels as if it was hurried. It probably would've been better in an hour TV show.

#3("Til Death"): My favorite. The art is strange, not really great but not bad either. The story is inventive, another 'doomsday' thing, but one thing that wrecks it is that, once again, they seem to have sped up the story to not make the volume too fat.

#4("Oban"): My least favorite. The art is the worst in the whole volume (most of the time it doesn't look right at all) and the story makes no sense. Sometimes I don't know what's going on!

#5("Orphans"): Pretty good; my second favorite. The mecha angle was ok, but they were playing second fiddle most of the time. The whole thing was a little too much like Gundam Wing (kids flying mobile suits, considered pirates by a lot of people...) Sometimes the art was pretty funny, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
This "Manga style" illustrated novel has several short stories or episodes centering around The Original Star Trek TV series. Each short story is written and illustrated by a different writer and artist. Because of this, each story has it's own unique style.

I think this concept is very interesting and has the potential to keep this series fresh and creative. The dialog in these books are pretty true to the Original Series and the artwork is very good too.

I was impressed with Volume one of this series of Manga. Having seen every episode of The Original Series on TV, this book had some very interesting stories to tell. The character dialog stayed true to the TV series and the artwork was very good. I think fans old and new would enjoy this first volume. Not all the stories are wonderful but there are enough of them to make reading this worthwhile.
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