Star Trek Comics = Retro Geek FunSeptember 21, 2007
If you’re a geek of a certain vintage like me, the otherworldly strains of the original Star Trek can send little tingles up your spine — even 30+ years after those rapt childhood evenings watching the UHF-rerun of Kirk, Spock and the starship Enterprise. For better or worse, those shows helped to define me. It’s no coincidence that I spent my first eight years after college working as an engineer on the Space Shuttle program.
When I spotted 60s-70s-era Star Trek comics on the WOWIO New Releases this morning (), I was there in a click. Back in the day, I watched the original series and the , but I had never seen this comic.
The writing in the first book is a bit odd with, for example, Spock’s speech laden with uncharacteristic emotion and far too many exclamation points. Then again, the writers didn’t have the prism of decades of pop culture character development on which to base the dialogue. This settles down in the later books, though exclamation points don’t ever seem to really go away in comic-speak.
Bottom line: seeing Shatner and crew rendered in that now-retro comic book style is pure nostalgia.