Star Trek: Voyager #1
Marvel/Paramount Comics (November, 1996)
WRITER: Laurie S. Sutton
ARTIST: Jesus Redondo
COLORIST: John Kalisz
LETTERER: Chris Eliopoulos
EDITOR: Bobbie Chase
Based on the fourth Star Trek series, the crew of the USS Voyager comes to the aid of a Talaxian ship caught in an ion storm. While they try various ways to break the ship free without destroying themselves each meets with a problem. Finally, at the Talaxians pushing and with no other options they attempt to beam the Talaxian crew aboard, but as feared the storm interferes with the transportation and the Talaxians disappear.
What they got right: The story brings the action (outside of a short holodeck scene to introduce the full cast at the time). It does work as an introduction to the series for anyone whose first exposure is the comic. Neelix is of course still useless but at least he isn’t being a major pest. The holodeck scene was a fun little moment and a way to introduce everyone who isn’t in the main plot of the issue.
What they got wrong: Though I would think the holodeck scene could have been worked in without having to shove a short flashback into the action moment, maybe putting it first and having the Captain called in for the distress call, then fast forward to them answering the call. The art decisions are the really odd thing here. In at least two panels Janeway is hunched down like she’s trying to fit a full body shot into the panel. Despite the ship being bounced around like it was in a bouncy castle hardly anybody is even trying to sit down. It seems an odd time to stand. And I’m guessing Kalisz wasn’t computer coloring because with all the times the characters are in a white light you’d think he ran out of Caucasian skin colors. Also, I don’t think the transporter bridges time like the guy at the controls says when he loses the Talaxians so how could they be lost “anywhere in time and space”?
Recommendation: The series is staring on a fairly decent note. We’ll see what happens as the storyline continues but it may be worth looking into if you’re a Voyager fan. I’m kind of not so it will be interesting if the comic avoids the problems I had with the show even before seeing SF Debris’ reviews.