The Gorn appeared in only a single episode of ST: TOS, and thus they were prime material to be fleshed out in a graphic novel. With The Gorn Crisis, the challenge has been met and the task successfully accomplished.
The painted artwork is most striking here. Even with no dialogue, a careful reader can absorb the panels and 'feel' the action as it unfolds. During regular scenes, the artwork flows consistently and definitely enhances the story. During one segment, I picked up something in a foreground rendering of one of the Gorn that I felt I had previously missed. Sure enough, I went back two pages and there it was in the background. Very well executed. If I had one artistic nitpick, I would say that Data is not captured quite as well as the other characters. Still, the artistic style is excellent (and different) here, bordering on outstanding.
The story itself is compelling - while there are several main subplots going on, they transition seamlessly and everything makes perfect sense. Having the Gorn and Klingons appear together in the same story leads to some intriguing elements, as one would imagine. A few scenes were predictable to me, but that did not lessen my enjoyment of the tale. There were quite a few surpises as well, right from the opening scene. The entire story is epic in scope, and it is satisfying on all levels.
Especially welcome is the artist's appendix which explains some of his logic behind the re-engineering of the Gorn race. After all, we only remember some tall guy in a Godzilla suit that didn't slither but stumbled around on the outdoor set back in the 60's. This new version of the Gorn is much better, IMHO.
Frankly I thought Classic Star Trek was dead after the 2009 movie, but I was in error. IDW has brought forth both familiar and fresh aspects to the Classic ST universe that I find very appealing. This was my first TPB purchase from IDW; it certainly won't be my last. 5 stars for the appropriately named Star Trek Classics Vol. 1, because in my mind it is a classic. Kudos all...