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Who Killed Captain Kirk? (Star Trek Graphic Novels) Paperback – 14 Aug 1993

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; 1st ed. edition (14 Aug 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852864931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852864934
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 16.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mr. W. Mitchell on 15 May 2008
Format: Paperback
Great comic, nicely put together with a decent plot line, If you like the original series you'll like this
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Poor artwork, but brilliant stories, characters & humour 1 Jan 2001
By M. Treuthardt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A compilation of some of DC Comics' version of the Star Trek series, this is a must for Trekkie fans who enjoy good adventures, interesting characters and great humour. This comic book has three self-contained adventures loosely connected together: a gang of space outlaws massacre Federation and Klingon colonies in order to provoke a war; a powerful telepath has a nervous breakdown and turns the Enterprise into Dante's Inferno; and Captain Kirk is the victim of an attempted murder by one of his own crew!
The artwork by Tom Sutton and Ricardo Villagran is hardly top-of-the-range, but it has its good points: the various aliens in Starfleet uniforms pacing up and down the Enterprise are amusing, and the close-ups of the faces (such as Kirk's after he has yet again been beaten by Finnegan) are good too.
However, it is Peter David's scripts which make up wonderfully for any shortcomings. David pills up the humour and the ironies beautifully. The friendly bickering between Kirk, Spock and Dr "Bones" McCoy must bring a smile to any reader.
For me though the best thing about this compilation is that the emphasis is not just on the original cast members (as is usually the case with comics based on Star Trek series), but also on new characters created by DC; in this case some of the junior officers of the Enterprise (the next generation as it were). These include the Klingon defector Konom (signs of Worf here) whose marriage to the human Nancy Brice is put in question when they meet ... half-human, half-Klingon dwarf! There is also the moody William Bearclaw who has to go to great lengths to convince Kirk that he is not the bigot the captain takes him to be, and his long-suffering girlfriend Elizabeth Sherwood. Particularly entertaining is Lieutenant M'ress, a feline humanoid who teasingly flirts with Sulu (in his introduction, George Takei tells of how he tried to extend the part of Sulu; one wonders if an affair with a cat-like alien is what he had in mind).
Best of all, however, must be Commander Sean Finnegan who, in spite of a childish sense of humour, leads the investigation into the attempted murder of his old Starfleet Academy rival, James T. Kirk. Much to the despair of his more serious associate, telepath Eather Van Horne, Finnegan is very engaging, not to mention irreverent, especially when dealing with "Jimmy". After years of getting the upper hand against Klingons and Romulans, Kirk finally meets his match with this fun-loving Irishman who leaves him lost for words in spite of all his attempts to get even! David makes his characters so much more than they might have been!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A very entertaining read, and a good addition to my Star Trek: TOS library 2 April 2014
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
From February 1984 to February of 1996, DC Comics held the rights to publish Star Trek comic books. This graphic novel collects the stories from STAR TREK 49 to 55.

The illustration work is good, standard comic book fare from the time – good but not great. It is nice that there is consistency in the look of the illustrations, I often find it disturbing when you read along and find a sudden and massive shift in the style of the work.

The stories themselves are quite good, and make for some really good reading.

Overall, I found this to be a very entertaining read, and a good addition to my Star Trek: The Original Series library. Now, it is true that there are a number of characters that you may not recognize in this book. These were added over time in earlier comics, but later dropped, due to restrictions placed on the work by Paramount Pictures. Nonetheless, you don’t have to know the characters’ histories to enjoy their roles in the stories – they work quite well, and add a lot to the stories. I highly recommend this book!

In case you are interested, the stories are:
Aspiring to Be Angels – 4/1988 – Racing to the aid of a Klingon planet under attack, the crew of the Enterprise find themselves locked in combat with a Starship commanded by a rogue Federation captain.

Marriage of Inconvenience – 5/88 – What the Enterprise found on the planet Miraud didn’t just shake up Federation-Klingon relations, it also has shaken an upcoming marriage.

Haunted Honeymoon – 6/88 – When a powerful telepath begins to have problems, he quickly becomes the problem of everyone aboard the Enterprise!

Hell in a Handbasket – 7/88 – With Lt. Castille’s illusions gripping the Enterprise, Captain Kirk and company are sent to Hell and back...literally!

You're Dead, Jim – 8/88 – When a crewman stabs Captain Kirk in the chest; it becomes a race to save his life.

Old Loyalties – 9/88 – As a matter of course, the Federation Security Legion is called in to investigate, and who is the investigator sent? Kirk’s old nemesis, Finnegan!

Finnegan's Wake! – 10/88 – Convinced that the wrong man is charged in the attack on Captain Kirk, Finnegan works hard to figure out who the real attacker was, but can he get to him before he strikes again?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The clues are there 4 Aug 2013
By BarClay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Peter David is well known in comic book circles for good reason, and this collection shows him at his best. When he was the writer of DC Comics Star Trek comic books, he demonstrated a firm grasp of the characters. Certainly, his grasp of the characters is far better than many of the novels currently available. Peter David placed the Enterprise crew in creative and complicated plots that were as good as anything that had been on TV or in the movies.

This graphic novel, a collection of issues 49 - 55 of the comics, allows the new reader to follow the entire story. The casual reader may wonder about the title. Captain Kirk is alive and well as the story begins, and he remains so for many pages. When his demise strikes, the reader may wonder why all that other information was included. Pay attention! There are reasons the graphic novel begins where it begins. The clues are there.

One thing may strike the Star Trek fan as strange. There are major characters who are not part of the TV/Movie crew. These characters had been introduced years before when DC Comics began the series, and they later disappeared without comment from the story lines. To the Star Trek fan who never read the comic books, they can disconcerting. Who are they? Where did they come from? Why do we even care about them? Think of them as guest stars. Star Trek fan should find plenty of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the rest of the regular crew to make this an enjoyable read despite these intruders.

Tom Sutton and Ricardo Villagran's art work is serviceable, but not gripping. It is for this reason alone that I rated this graphic novel 4 stars, rather than 5. But the artwork is serviceable enough that, if you are paying attention, you can figure out who killed Captain Kirk. (Well, OK -- you can figure out who almost killed Captain Kirk.) The clues are there.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It's good! 26 Feb 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
At first, I was dissapointed that this book was a comic. I read it anyway because of my curiosity that the writer of the comic is Peter David. I found that this book was quite fun. It has a good story and humor (When "Bones" saw a monster carrying its head) and much more. However, the drawings were not nicely done. There are some inaccurate colours and pictures. Nonetheless, this is a good collection for Star Trek fans!
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