Deep Space Nine - IDW

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  1. Andersonh1

    Andersonh1 Man, I've been here a LONG time Veteran

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    Out of all the modern Star Trek series, Deep Space Nine is my favorite. I hadn't been really tempted by IDW's Trek comics up to this point, though I've thought about trying them out, but a DS9 mini-series was enough to get me to finally bite the bullet. And it's not bad... not stellar, but a good stab at capturing the look and feel of the show. I'll try to avoid too many spoilers, but some are bound to creep in.

    The story: obviously we're in the introductory chapter here. There's a rundown of what the station is, and a little of its history as two space travellers arrive and dock, and one fills the other in. It's a decent refresher on the basic premise of DS9. Being an opening chapter, the story sets up the problem and poses questions without really giving very many answers, but that's about what I'd expect at this point. This particular story sits between the third and fourth seasons, after Sisko was promoted to captain and Odo killed the Changeling on the Defiant, but before Worf joins the crew.

    I'll give the writer credit: he's done his homework. The story hits a lot of the right beats. The station exterior and interiors look like the sets from the show. The characters are recognizable from their actions and dialogue, particularly Odo. We get his rule against phasers on the promenade, his suspicion and rivalry with Quark, Sisko's baseball, Kira's aggressiveness when confronted with a problem, etc. We even get a "Morn talks too much" gag. Sisko and Dax's long time friendship is evident.

    The art: servicable, if not as photo-realistic when it comes to the characters as I'd like, but I suppose it's not really fair to expect that level of precision. Not on a monthly book. Some of the characters are drawn more consistently than others. Some of the layouts are slightly busy, but then the artist is trying to replicate the details of the show, so that's good. Kira looks like she was melted down and poured into her uniform, which is a bit over the top. But overall everything seems reasonably authentic when compared to the TV show, and that's the important thing.

    Overall: There's one thing that really made me enjoy this issue, and that's because it succeeded in capturing the look and feel of the tv show, even if the likenesses aren't always strong. A good start, and I'm looking forward to reading the second issue.
     
  2. Magnus' Mate

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    Can't wait to read it, but I'm sworn off wasting money on individual issues, so it'll be the TPB for me.

    Oh, and some of IDW's other Trek series have been pretty good. The Klingons "Blood Will Tell" was rather enjoyable.
     
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    Bought the first issue but haven't had the chance to read it yet...I will hop on any DS9 stuff.
     
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    I might give the DS9 run a shot. I have been enjoying the other Trek comics (movie tie-ins and the TNG miniseries).
     
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    I love Trek but comic-wise only have TNG: The Gorn Crisis and the Prequel comic for the latest movie.
    This sounds good, DS9 is my favorite Star Trek show tied with TNG. Probably will buy the TPB.
     
  6. Andersonh1

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    The comic has put me in the mood to watch the series again. The last few nights at dinner we've pulled out the first season and watched some of the earliest episodes. Kind of odd seeing Sisko with hair, Odo with a more detailed face, etc.

    I'd definitely recommend the series for the DS9 fan. Like I said, it's not perfect, but it's still got that DS9 vibe to it.
     
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    I've been waiting for this, my favorite ST series, still might get the TPB though. Picked up the Cardassians One Shot, must have as a Garak fan!
     
  8. Andersonh1

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    DS9: Fool’s Gold, Issue #2
    Visitors to DS9 continue to flood the station, taxing the crew’s ability to deal with the increased traffic. There are more ships than docking ports, more injured than Bashir can house in the infirmary, and more prisoners than holding cells. And the vandalism of the station continues.

    This issue reminds readers that Sisko and the Federation crew are only administrators of a Bajoran space station, and are not ultimately running the place. Politics interfere with Sisko’s ability to deal with the problem, just as they often did on the TV show, and this contributes to DS9’s unique feel. All the crew continue to be characterized well, though Sisko’s comment about “my” space station struck me as odd. The plot doesn’t move along much until the end, where what’s really going is revealed, leaving two issues to resolve the problem.

    The art is good, but the likenesses are not. There’s no other way to put it. The layouts convey what’s going on fairly well, with the exception of Sisko’s snarl of rage at an inappropriate moment during his conversation with Gul Dukat. The station interiors and exteriors look nicely authentic. But the characters faces, while recognizable, vary in appearance from panel to panel and don’t really resemble the actors who played the characters very closely. I guess it’s tricky to do that many portraits in whatever time the artist had to draw the issue, so I’m not really complaining, just noting the situation.

    Overall: the book looks and feels like authentic DS9, even if the likenesses could use some work. It’s well worth reading.
     
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    OOOOH, I LOVE DS9, I didn't know they did DS9 comics. It's often the forgotten Trek series :( 
     
  10. Andersonh1

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    Apart from TOS, DS9 is my favorite Trek. I think this is the first DS9 series IDW has published. They've stuck with TOS and TNG up til now.
     
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    DS9: Fool’s Gold, Issue #3
    Answers to the problems around the station are finally forthcoming, thanks to last issue’s interrogation and a little pressure applied to Quark, courtesy of Odo and Kira. Though with those answers come yet more questions about whether or not the reason that all the visitors to the station are there is even real or not. Is the rumoured treasure stash based on fact, or has someone started the rumour for their own benefit? As Sisko points out, the whole situation sounds implausible to begin with.

    That aside, something is certainly going on, given that O’Brien is finding markings inside panels and bulkheads that he thinks have to do with labelling the construction materials used to build the station, but he can’t be sure. Meanwhile Bashir and Garak discuss the situation over lunch, and Garak’s reaction would seem to indicate that there he recognizes the rumour and knows the truth behind it. His comment as the Klingon is knocked through the wall is funny and perfectly in character.

    Characterization continues to be the strong point of this DS9 mini series, and what makes it so enjoyable to read. With three quarters of it out now, the story itself feels like a standalone episode of the series unconnected with the larger Dominion threat running in the background. As such it’s nothing remarkable, but it serves to introduce the basics of the DS9 situation and characters. I’m not sure a treasure hunt is exactly the type of plot that I expect when I pick up a Star Trek comic, but on the other hand it is at least more grounded and believable than some of the really ‘out there’ plots the various TV series came up with. And it fits DS9 in a way that it wouldn’t fit the other series. I’d hardly expect to see mobs boarding the Enterprise looking for clues to a treasure hoard, for example. But DS9 is an open port and center of commerce, with ships and people coming and going frequently. So the story certainly takes advantage of the unique setting.

    Sadly, the art seems a bit more rushed this time around. Some of the characters are really looking off, and even the station isn’t quite as sharply drawn as it was in the previous two issues. I hate to be critical, but it’s just not as accurate as I would like.

    Next issue: the story wraps up, and we’ll see if the payoff is worth it.
     

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