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Before The Original Series aired in the UK, British readers were introduced to the concept and characters of Star Trek in the form of comics. The crew is familiar, but the Classic UK Comics represents a peculiar take on The Original Series' universe. The Enterprise leaves our galaxy, the crew often violates the Prime Directive and Spock gives hot-headed advice - these advent Before The Original Series aired in the UK, British readers were introduced to the concept and characters of Star Trek in the form of comics. The crew is familiar, but the Classic UK Comics represents a peculiar take on The Original Series' universe. The Enterprise leaves our galaxy, the crew often violates the Prime Directive and Spock gives hot-headed advice - these adventures offer a different face of the well-known world of Star Trek.


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Before The Original Series aired in the UK, British readers were introduced to the concept and characters of Star Trek in the form of comics. The crew is familiar, but the Classic UK Comics represents a peculiar take on The Original Series' universe. The Enterprise leaves our galaxy, the crew often violates the Prime Directive and Spock gives hot-headed advice - these advent Before The Original Series aired in the UK, British readers were introduced to the concept and characters of Star Trek in the form of comics. The crew is familiar, but the Classic UK Comics represents a peculiar take on The Original Series' universe. The Enterprise leaves our galaxy, the crew often violates the Prime Directive and Spock gives hot-headed advice - these adventures offer a different face of the well-known world of Star Trek.

35 review for The Classic UK Comics Part 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics Part 1. Another part of Zavvi’s Threads box for October 2020. The month they included 3 Star Trek graphic novels. Unfortunately this one took me a while to get through. I’ll start off by saying the artwork is the highlight of this collection. The likenesses to the Original Series cast and Enterprise are very good. The action scenes and art for the alien planets, races and space are for the most part good. However I have a few issues with this collection. Firstly, t Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics Part 1. Another part of Zavvi’s Threads box for October 2020. The month they included 3 Star Trek graphic novels. Unfortunately this one took me a while to get through. I’ll start off by saying the artwork is the highlight of this collection. The likenesses to the Original Series cast and Enterprise are very good. The action scenes and art for the alien planets, races and space are for the most part good. However I have a few issues with this collection. Firstly, the way it is printed means there is a relative amount of gutter loss (text or images close to the central binding that cannot be seen) on the pages. As these are traditional comic strips that flowed across double page spreads rather than more standard approach to modern comics (apart from splash pages). This meant this was prevalent for two thirds of this collection, until the printing style changes. This is a shame as part of the art is lost, along with varying amounts of text. Issue number two: the original authors unfortunately didn’t have to much to work from when creating these original comics, so there are plenty of inconsistencies with what we are used to from Original Series Star Trek. From character names like Kurt instead of Kirk to begin with, characters acting differently - especially Spock, incorrect terminology and colours used for outfits. If you look at this as being an alternate universe take instead it is easy to forgive these issues. The stories themselves are all relatively short. Normally comprising of three parts spread across 6 pages. There is no overarching plot thread, similar to Original Series where you could dip into episodes as and when without feeling like you had missed something. The plots contained are fun and varied however. Spanning your typical topics or space exploration, first encounters with aliens, technology, politics, and war just to name a few. Overall though I could only recommend this to the more die hard Star Trek fan, even then I wouldn’t make this a priority unless for nostalgia reasons. It certainly isn’t for the casual or new fan.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I really liked the art in this book in spite of the artists in 1969 not getting the uniform colors and relationships between the characters right. Star Trek hadn’t aired in the U.K. when the first of these were written. Add in the pulp sensibilities of sci-fi at the time, and the stories feel weird for Star Trek but in keeping with the tone of the Gold Key comics at the time. However, my biggest problem is that most of this book is reprinted comic strips that span two pages. In a magazine that fo I really liked the art in this book in spite of the artists in 1969 not getting the uniform colors and relationships between the characters right. Star Trek hadn’t aired in the U.K. when the first of these were written. Add in the pulp sensibilities of sci-fi at the time, and the stories feel weird for Star Trek but in keeping with the tone of the Gold Key comics at the time. However, my biggest problem is that most of this book is reprinted comic strips that span two pages. In a magazine that folds flat, that’s fine, but in this hard cover, you miss a lot in those center panels. In the last part of the book the strips original format was split up on individual pages, but center sections of the first 75% or so are unreadable.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Declan Waters

    A reprint of the first of the Star Trek comics to be released in the UK. It's interesting how little the writers and publishers knew about Star Trek when these were published ... including naming 'Kirk' as 'Kurt' for the first few issues! As such the characters are sometimes off, and the situations are sometimes non-star trek. However, this hardback edition has a crippling error in the publishing. The first three quarters of the book are double page spread comics... except they've been printed li A reprint of the first of the Star Trek comics to be released in the UK. It's interesting how little the writers and publishers knew about Star Trek when these were published ... including naming 'Kirk' as 'Kurt' for the first few issues! As such the characters are sometimes off, and the situations are sometimes non-star trek. However, this hardback edition has a crippling error in the publishing. The first three quarters of the book are double page spread comics... except they've been printed like that and the hardback spine doesn't open that much... so you can't read the comic on 4 scenes each double page spread! It's comics so you can still work out what is going on, but this means I can't recommend this version of the book at all!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Schmitt

    Poorly formatted; the first half of the book consisted of the two-page spread from the original run, forcing the reprint to curve down into the binding. You literally cannot read portions of the text. Other portions are so poorly conceived by the artist that they are colored by “blotching” what lookslike watercolor paints seemingly randomly around the page. I was honestly looking forward to this issue the most, and it’s turned out to be the most disappointing issue to date

  5. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Bensley

    Would be such a cool collection if not for the terrible formatting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jay Dingsdale

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Mormann

  8. 4 out of 5

    C. Edward Edward

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vic

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hector Navarro

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Piangenti

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rod Simmons

  13. 5 out of 5

    Steven Lawrie

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  15. 5 out of 5

    Reuben Herfindahl

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ippino

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    Bookish Discovery

  18. 5 out of 5

    John Skuza

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    Waylon

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    Iain Ross

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    Steven

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    Dennis Ticen

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    Marco Brambini

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    Russell

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    Peter Langdon

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    Daniel Metcalfe

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diarmuid Stokes

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    Travis

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    Craig Main

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    Bill Winzenburg

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    Veronica Kozlowski

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    Moira

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    Nadia

  34. 4 out of 5

    Hannu Venesperä

  35. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Charlton

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