Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Fantasy Picks for the Final Frontier

(Sorry for the lack of content. I've been sick.)

Good news for fans of Star Trek comics: GTI, which did the Marvel comics-on-DVD discs, is giving Trek the same treatment.

This is a massive amount of books. According to TrekMovie.com, it's

the original Gold Key series, the Marvel series that was placed around the first motion picture, the two volumes of DC releases through the 1980s, Marvel’s second run, and the Malibu and Wildstorm runs to close out the license before IDW came along.

It touches on every TV series except "Enterprise," and should include adaptations of every movie except Wrath Of Khan, Insurrection, and Nemesis. It should also include print-exclusive books like the Pike-centric Early Voyages, Marvel's Starfleet Academy series, and DC/WildStorm's New Frontier one-shot.

And it got me thinking ... as long as we're doing fantasy-drafts for regular superhero comics, why not for Trek comics? I don't intend this to be a meme, but I won't tell you not to jump in.

For the most part these ended up being rather predictable, in the sense that the writer and artist were an established team with a substantial body of work together. I chalk that up to being lazy, but I stand by my picks.


1. Enterprise: Geoff Johns and Steve Rude. Johns I picked for his fascination with continuity; and the Dude because he could make the 22nd Century look great. Why isn't the Dude drawing the Original Series, you ask? Well...

2. Star Trek (The Original Series): Grant Morrison and Richard Case. I trust the prospect of a Kirk, Spock, and Bones produced by the men who brought you the proto-Vertigo Doom Patrol pretty much writes its own proposal. While there is one condition -- a post-Motion Picture setting -- that still leaves plenty of room for the strangeness that helped define the show.

3. Star Trek -- The Next Generation: Gail Simone and Nicola Scott. I'm still not stretching too far here, but I do think that they'd be a good fit for the crew of the NCC-1701-E. (Let's leave the TV era behind, OK?) Honestly, I'd read Simone & Scott on quite a few books, regardless of genre; but TNG has the strongest group dynamic of the Trek series, and clearly they do groups well.

4. Star Trek -- Deep Space Nine: Greg Rucka and Joe Bennett. I haven't read any of the post-series "relaunch" books, but I'd love to see what Rucka would do with the crew. DS9 just feels like a Rucka/Brubaker type of show. As for Bennett, Rucka's most recent Checkmate artist has the clean style which tends to dominate the Trek comics. Thinking about it a little more, though, I wouldn't mind seeing his old Detective Comics collaborator Shawn Martinbrough tackle the former Terok Nor.

5. Star Trek -- Voyager: Chris Claremont and Carlos Pacheco. Ah, now we come to the reason for this post! The one-two Naomi Wildman punches in "Once Upon A Time" and "Infinite Regress" have convinced me that she is a Claremont character if ever Trek had one. Voyager's grownup crew is fairly Claremontian too. If Trek had thought balloons, the bridge of NCC-74656 would be crowded with 'em, all internally monologuing about their secret crushes, struggles with becoming human, and angst-filled longings. Claremont already did some of that with the Debt Of Honor graphic novel, but Voyager practically begs for the treatment. Combine that with Carlos Pacheco's elegant linework (he could make Seven's dinners look believable) and everybody's happy.

Any other suggestions?


RAB said...

I reckon you're onto a winner with asking Gail Simone to do some Trek but can't help feeling you've got her on the wrong series. What she could do with the classic original lineup!

And move Grant Morrison to Enterprise with Chris Weston, provided they agreed to do the Temporal Cold War.

Finally...you want Claremont to write more Trek stuff? Really? Don't get me wrong, I totally see your point about Naomi Wildman, but haven't we had enough of that from him? Especially when it would all be Seven of Nine wrestling with the darkness in her soul and dressing like a dominatrix, until the Borg Queen joins the Voyager crew and makes a creepy speech to Naomi about "I will never harm you, little one." Not to mention the crimes against literature Chris would perpetrate given access to Chakotay.

Tom Bondurant said...

Those are all valid concerns, but I just can't shake the Claremontian vibe I'm getting from Voyager.

Maybe Marv Wolfman would be better, but I could totally hear Janeway snarling "Your choice -- your funeral!"