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Star Trek: Year Four (Star Trek (IDW)) Paperback – March 18, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek (IDW)
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600101615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600101618
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,178,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This title is a short volume set for a comic book series set in the time period in between the original series of Star Trek and its first movie. The story focuses on the crew of the USS Enterprise under the command of James T. Kirk, during the fourth year of their five year exploration mission. As an added plus the story is written by D.C. Fontana who was a writer for the original series and the animated series.

The combined plot of this series attempts to explain a number of loose ends that were never properly explained in the jump from the TV series to the movies. The consequences of Kirk stealing a cloaking device from the Romulans and how it eventually fell into Klingon hands. How the Klingons and Federation were able to come into conflict again after a powerful race called the Organians used their power to demand a cease fire. The final plotline tries to explain why the Preservers seemed to disappear from storylines after the original series ended.

Each of these plot lines seems unrelated at first, but by the end it quickly becomes apparent that they are intertwined. Overall the stories have the classic Star Trek appeal, no doubt due to having one of the original writers handling this. The only real complain I have is that the story feels a bit to big to fit into the small size of a comic book. The only other thing of note is that the character Arex, originally introduced in Star Trek: The Animated Series, is featured quite heavily in these stories, often overshadowing the other supporting members of the original series.

Overall if you are a fan of Star Trek and are looking for a comic book set in the classic series era this book will probably appeal to you.
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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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The Tiptons knew how to write Star Trek comic books. They feel very much like an extension of the old TV show. I suppose that the new, rebooted cast has taken over, we won't see any more of these books. What a shame!
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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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