As I write this Wednesday’s edition of “Yesterday’s” Comic is focusing on Star Trek comics. I just completed Early Voyages, which focused on the Christopher Pike years of the Enterprise. As I prepare to go into what currently passes for the chronological order of my comic collection, I’m about to start the Captain Kirk years, and this will be all over the place when it comes to publishers and in DC’s case volumes since they had the license more than once. First up in the current timeline is a book & record, or in this case comic book and record, that I thought would be easier to examine as a Saturday Night Showcase.
The Crier In Emptiness is one of a series of audio dramas Peter Pan Records produced, later splitting some of them up and including them in comic adaptations for their Power Records comic book & record series. This series featured numerous audio drama/comic packages with licenses from other kid-friendly franchise and even included original DC and Marvel stories. This story (or just the audio drama…or maybe just the comic adaptation–I’m going by what little I could find on the internet since there are no credits on the record or the comic) was written by Alan Dean Foster, who has written many Star Trek novelizations as well as other science fiction and fantasy works. (He even made novelizations and original novels based on the Michael Bay Transformers films, and they’re better than the movies.) The Grand Comics Database claims the penciling on the comic was done by John Buscema, with Dick Giordano and Terry Austin both doing the inks. I don’t know if they’re right because again, no credits on the record or the comic. No colorist written, and you may see why they wouldn’t want to be credited given the huge visual errors involved. The story however is really good and I’m happy to bring it to you tonight. Enjoy!
For this and other video-ized Power Book & Records check out the Power Records Project on YouTube. I once found a website that had downloadable PDF collections of the comics with audio but I lost the link a long time ago. If I find it I’ll toss in an update. As for the review:
What they got right: The story itself would have made for a perfect “bottle show” (one that has only one or two sets, usually a main location in series, to save on the seasonal budget). The idea of a being of pure sound and the crew having to deal with it, as well as the solution, is a good idea. The “Edoian Elisiar” is a reference to Arex from the animated series, the name of the race Alan Dean Foster used in the episode novelizations for the cartoon-born character, which he brings here to this story. I like how they try to depict the sound creature, matching it up to the audio drama without trying to spell out the sound effects. Onomatopoeia just wouldn’t have worked here (sorry, Jerzy Drozd), especially since this came with a copy of the audio drama.
What they got wrong: As should be obvious if you watched the video, they messed up Uhura and Sulu. Uhura is supposed to be black and Sulu Asian. Given how well everyone else matches the actors (within certain legal limits) this is a huge mess-up, especially given this came out in 1975 according to my research. I’m not sure why they went with Lieutenant Connors, when they weren’t using the regular actors anyway. Why not just use Chekov or even Arex?
I’m not sure how easy these things are to find and I wouldn’t mind getting more of these Power Records comic book and records. However, I really enjoyed the story and I’m glad I still have mine, plus this alternative. Now if I could just find that website with the downloads. If you liked this I may do more of these for Saturday Night Showcase. This one was just properly timed with the Star Trek comic reviews.