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New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics Paperback – July 18, 2014
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Joseph F. Berenato obtained a B.A. in English and spent four years as the entertainment editor of The Hammonton Gazette before returning to his roots at his family's blueberry farm in Hammonton, NJ. In 2010, Joe was a contributor to Gotham City 14 Miles, and is currently under contract to author Something Strange: The Unauthorized Ghostbusters Encyclopedia and co-author It's Alive! The Complete Universal Monsters Encyclopedia, with Jim and Becky Beard. Joe is also co-editing Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes, due in 2015 from Sequart Organization. Recently Joe contributed to ATB Publishing's forthcoming TOS 109, edited by Robert Smith. An editor at Hasslein Books, Joe is a graduate student at Rowan University, and is slated to obtain a Master of Arts in Writing in 2015. You can find him at jfberenato.wordpress.com.
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For me, some of the critics of the ST comic writers, seemed overly harsh. Have they ever written a published piece of ST fiction? It's easy to point out the plot holes thirty, forty years later. But remember, the original market for comics were children. So if some details were wrong, who are we to nitpick? But than again, pointing out inaccuracies can be part of the fun.
Some articles go into the political correctness of the Trek comics. Some points are valid, and some I would argue otherwise. The article exploring the ST comics and records made an excellent observation when Sulu was portrayed as black and Uhuru as white. Even as a child I picked up on that error, I'm glad others picked up on that as well.
"Faith of the Art: Stripping Down the Star Trek Daily Newspaper Seriels," by Dick Handly is one of the best articles, as it goes into great detail on the efforts to bring the U.S. and U.K. dailies into a collected form for the ST fan, who missed their releases the first time around. The UK Trek strips should be released shortly, so this article was very timely.
There has been a problem with fandom of having too much. When there's so many comics, CD's, DVD's, books of a certain franchise, where can one go to find the really good stories. New Life and New Civilizations made me aware of some ST comics that I may have missed and should try to track down.
If you want to know about Star Trek comic book history, Joseph Berenato's anthology is THE book for you! I had an exclusive look at NEW LIFE AND NEW CIVILIZATIONS: EXPLORING STAR TREK COMICS, (as well as, access to many of it's contributors); here's my full review: