Well True Believers Examiner’s favorite movie time of the year is here! Summer blockbusters are erupting from a nearby cinema complex near you. This week’s mega movie is the sequel to the re-imagining of the Star Trek Universe by Fanboy favorite J.J. Abrams. SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t been locked in a Klingon Ice Planet prison you’ll know the that “Star Trek: Into Darkness” warped into theaters recently!
For those who are Sci-Fi impaired, this vision of one of one of the most revered sci-fi franchises in history takes place in an alternate reality with some starling differences and very familiar similarities.
The comic book version has also been enjoying a rebirth with the re-launching of the film franchise, although a comic book or Manga version of the series has been in existence since its creation in the late sixties. The most recent version receiving a lot of success and fan loyalty is the series by IDW.
This series has covered every version ever produced on film and has introduced character as diverse as D.C.’s Legion of Superheroes in fantastic adventures spanning time and space. The IDW series acquired such a massive and ever growing audience by maintaining a delicate balance of embracing all versions of the intergalactic saga with equal reverence.
It gains new fans with daring new moves like bringing super heroes and other sci-fi legends like Dr. Who into Federation Space. The series also takes a look at lots of unresolved but perplexing questions about the Star Trek Universe like what happened to Khan and his crew of super humans after the immediate exile on Ceti-Alpha V before the cosmic upheaval that nearly destroyed them.
The series often spotlights different alien life forms that inhabit the planets of the Star Trek Universe as well. It’s one of the most prolific of the comic book versions of the series as well with hundreds of issues in print and some have achieved collector’s status in a relatively short time. Both of the big houses Marvel and D.C. have also done series on the various version of the franchise as well.
Some of these classics may still be available online or at your local comic book haunt in the bargain bins. So beam into your local mega-plex IMAX 3D palace of cinematic excellence and experience the pulse pounding new film, go at warp speed to your local comic book store and grab the lost and untold tales of Gene Roddenberry’s phenomenal brain child. Well now my fellow trekkers Examiner must leave you with the traditional Vulcan salutation. “Live long and Prosper!”