From IDW comics, the creative mind of John Byrne and based on Gene Roddenberry’s classic Star Trek, the New Visions series of classic Trek stories are photo montages, which are masterfully reworked with the aid of Photoshop to once again bring to life fantastic new tales of Captain Kirk’s Enterprise once again.
One of the things I like best about this series of photo novels is that they are done quite well, with a sincere classic Trek feel and it is almost just like watching an old Star Trek episode. The other thing I really like about each of these IDW Trek photo novels is that the creative talent putting it all together is John Byrne himself, who many older comic fan will remember as one of the foremost and popular comic book artists from the 80’s and 90’s.
While Mr. Byrne is still an amazing artist, it is absolutely a delight to see that he is finding new breath for his creativity in a fresh yet retroactive way. When I see an IDW Star Trek New Visions photo novel on the shelves of my favorite comic shop I pick it up with no questions asked. I don’t need to flip through the book as I do with almost any other book because I just know I am going to enjoy Byrne’s latest classic Trek tale.
This latest issue of the New Visions story line is likewise no different as Byrne has yet again dove into the classic Trek mythos and visited one of Star Trek’s best episodes, “The Doomsday Machine” by Norman Spinrad. Byrne has further explored the aftermath of this great episode and created an amazing follow up which takes the reader to the days immediately following the episode with a new story entitled “Cry Vengeance”.
Likewise, this photo novel also has a secondary short story that explores and dives into the personal history of one of those characters we get to see as a supporting crew member in many great episodes; transporter chief Lieutenant Kyle. The episode is entitled “Robot” and is just as compelling as the first story in this photo novel, dealing with robotic sentience, feelings and emotion.
This latest issue of IDW Star Trek New Visions photo novel is well worth the $7.99 cover price and will be very much enjoyed by most classic Trek fans.
Written by: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, as well as a science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. Tye is a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art, and he currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator. Tye also serves on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Osceola County and also has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine and you can visit Tye on Facebook as well as at www.thelightersideofscifi.com. You can also send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to TBourdony@scifipulse.net.