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Star Trek Volume 9: The Q Gambit
Star Trek Volume 9: The Q Gambit
by Mike Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terok Nor, 27 May 2015
The stories from issues #35-40 of IDW’s Star Trek comic book are collected as Star Trek v9. This is a well-scripted and illustrated story, but the epic plot could have done with more issues in which to develop, as many crew members just appear in cameos. There are a couple of forced scenes, required by the plot, but are too obvious because of their brevity. One example involves a couple of characters shipped down to the surface of a planet for a scene, then brought straight back up as they are then required to be on the station. If they’d been given a bit more to do down there, it wouldn’t have been so noticeable. They have tried to fit in too much into too small a space. However, all that being said, as the Vulcans say, it was a reasonably good and enjoyable story.

The story, without going into details, involves Q taking the Enterprise a century into A future - not necessarily THE future, in which the Enterprise mysteriously disappeared a century earlier, and the Alpha Quadrant has been conquered by the Dominion. After Q has tried to demonstrate to Captain Kirk that there are no-win situations that you cannot cheat your way out of, he drops the ship off at Deep Space Nine, in that alternate (to us) future, where they meet the various characters from the Deep Space Nine series, but in different roles. The humans naturally have set up a Resistance and are up to something, and irk and the crew get involved.

However, there is a reason why Q has chosen this particular event, which will be a spoiler if I tell you, so I will not mention it further.

Anyway, this is an entertaining story, but could have done with being longer, simply to give everyone enough space to be seen properly.


Earth Two (Vol 1) # 22 (Ref-2057958734)
Earth Two (Vol 1) # 22 (Ref-2057958734)
by DC Comics
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Issue #22, 26 May 2015
This storyline runs through issues #21-26 of DC Comics’ ‘New 52’ title Earth 2, and is collected, along with Earth 2: Futures End #1, as Earth 2 Volume 5: The Kryptonian HC (The New 52). For a review of the full storylines running through the individual issues, follow that link.

Issue #22 opens with the rebirth of the Green Lantern - with the implication that the Green works differently on Earth 2… Meanwhile Superman has worked out that the new Kryptonian is likely to be in the Batcave. He leads his army of Parademons there, and runs into Hawkgirl and the Red Tornado, who are training Zod; As a battle erupts, Lois reveals her identity to him…


Earth Two (Vol 1) # 24 (Ref-1347141519)
Earth Two (Vol 1) # 24 (Ref-1347141519)
by DC Comics
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Issue #24, 26 May 2015
This storyline runs through issues #21-26 of DC Comics’ ‘New 52’ title Earth 2, and is collected, along with Earth 2: Futures End #1, as Earth 2 Volume 5: The Kryptonian HC (The New 52). For a review of the full storylines running through the individual issues, follow that link.

Issue #24 sees Green Lantern and Hawkgirl tracking down the imprisoned Flash in Washington, while the refugees from the Batcave arrive on Paradise Island, last outpost of the World Army (and de facto World Government); where Jimmy discovers Zod’s big secret…


EARTH 2 25-variant
EARTH 2 25-variant
by DC MARVEL MALIBU IMAGE DARK HORSE
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Issue #25, 26 May 2015
This review is from: EARTH 2 25-variant (Comic)
This storyline runs through issues #21-26 of DC Comics’ ‘New 52’ title Earth 2, and is collected, along with Earth 2: Futures End #1, as Earth 2 Volume 5: The Kryptonian HC (The New 52). For a review of the full storylines running through the individual issues, follow that link.

Issue #25 opens with Green Lantern and Hawkgirl, having rescued the Flash from Beguiler, now being pursued by her and the Parademon host across the Pacific, while Zod-El relates to Jimmy how he came to be a member of the House of El (and that there were four escape ships from Krypton). Over the Pacific, the Atlanteans join the fight against Beguiler and her forces, while in Kansas, Jonathan Kent refuses to put up with Superman any longer, and the Boom Tube to Apokolips finally opens. Khalid (Doctor Fate) puts his helmet on Zod, who gets a revelation, and begins to understand the cryptic comments Fate has been making; he then repairs the helmet and returns it to Khalid, who begins to heal. Green Lantern, Zod and Superman confront each other in front of the Boom Tube entrance for the showdown…


Earth Two: Futures End (2014 One Shot) # 1 (Ref215749821)
Earth Two: Futures End (2014 One Shot) # 1 (Ref215749821)
by DC Comics
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth 2: Futures End #1 - “Power to the People”, 26 May 2015
This storyline runs through issues #21-26 of DC Comics’ ‘New 52’ title Earth 2, and is collected, along with Earth 2: Futures End #1, as Earth 2 Volume 5: The Kryptonian HC (The New 52). For a review of the full storylines running through the individual issues, follow that link.

Those of you who have been reading NEW 52 FUTURES END TP VOL 01 (N52) will have an idea what is eventually to come; Earth 2: Futures End #1 - “Power to the People” - is set in that storyline, and we see Michael Holt coming into conflict with one or more Terry Sloanes from different Earths, as that storyline moves us towards the next Crisis event.


Earth Two (Vol 1) # 26 (Ref-477988011)
Earth Two (Vol 1) # 26 (Ref-477988011)
by DC Comics
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kryptonian 6/6, 26 May 2015
This storyline runs through issues #21-26 of DC Comics’ ‘New 52’ title Earth 2, and is collected, along with Earth 2: Futures End #1, as Earth 2 Volume 5: The Kryptonian HC (The New 52). For a review of the full storylines running through the individual issues, follow that link.

Issue #26’s cover shows Power Girl emerging from a Boom Tube, which does not happen in this story - though I expect it to soon, having been reading World’s Finest. The story opens with the World Army, the Atlanteans, and the Wonders attacking CERN, where the Boom Tube generator is housed, while Green Lantern holds the Tube closed in space, and Superman and Zod, locked in combat, fall to Earth on top of the battling ground forces. Batman and Queen Marella sneak in to CERN in the confusion, and take on Doctor Bedlam. Lois (Red Tornado) joins Zod to defeat Superman, who actually turned out to be [spoiler].

Bedlam escapes with Michael Holt, Terry Sloan and Mister Miracle to his secret lair, where he has stashed Fury and Barda…


Earth 2 #25 (Rare Batman 75th Anniversary Variant Cover, DC 52) 1st Printing
Earth 2 #25 (Rare Batman 75th Anniversary Variant Cover, DC 52) 1st Printing
by DC Comics
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kryptonian 5/6, 26 May 2015
This storyline runs through issues #21-26 of DC Comics’ ‘New 52’ title Earth 2, and is collected, along with Earth 2: Futures End #1, as Earth 2 Volume 5: The Kryptonian HC (The New 52). For a review of the full storylines running through the individual issues, follow that link.

Issue #25 opens with Green Lantern and Hawkgirl, having rescued the Flash from Beguiler, now being pursued by her and the Parademon host across the Pacific, while Zod-El relates to Jimmy how he came to be a member of the House of El (and that there were four escape ships from Krypton). Over the Pacific, the Atlanteans join the fight against Beguiler and her forces, while in Kansas, Jonathan Kent refuses to put up with Superman any longer, and the Boom Tube to Apokolips finally opens. Khalid (Doctor Fate) puts his helmet on Zod, who gets a revelation, and begins to understand the cryptic comments Fate has been making; he then repairs the helmet and returns it to Khalid, who begins to heal. Green Lantern, Zod and Superman confront each other in front of the Boom Tube entrance for the showdown…


Earth 2 #24 (RARE Bombshell Variant Cover) 1st Print
Earth 2 #24 (RARE Bombshell Variant Cover) 1st Print
by Amanda Conner
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kryptonian 4/6, 26 May 2015
This storyline runs through issues #21-26 of DC Comics’ ‘New 52’ title Earth 2, and is collected, along with Earth 2: Futures End #1, as Earth 2 Volume 5: The Kryptonian HC (The New 52). For a review of the full storylines running through the individual issues, follow that link.

Issue #24 sees Green Lantern and Hawkgirl tracking down the imprisoned Flash in Washington, while the refugees from the Batcave arrive on Paradise Island, last outpost of the World Army (and de facto World Government); where Jimmy discovers Zod’s big secret…


Earth Two (Vol 1) # 23 (Ref1882967371)
Earth Two (Vol 1) # 23 (Ref1882967371)
by DC Comics
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kryptonian 3/6, 26 May 2015
This storyline runs through issues #21-26 of DC Comics’ ‘New 52’ title Earth 2, and is collected, along with Earth 2: Futures End #1, as Earth 2 Volume 5: The Kryptonian HC (The New 52). For a review of the full storylines running through the individual issues, follow that link.

Issue #23 opens with Superman distracted by finding Lois (as the Red Tornado); he turns on his own Parademons and then carries her away to Kansas to meet the Kents, while Hawkgirl and Zod are rescued by the Green Lantern. They retreat to the Batcave, but the heroes forced to teleport away when more Apokolips troops break in, leaving the Green Lantern and Hawkgirl to hold them off while the self-destruct ticks away…


EARTH 2 #22
EARTH 2 #22
by Wilson
Edition: Comic

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kryptonian 2/6, 26 May 2015
This review is from: EARTH 2 #22 (Comic)
This storyline runs through issues #21-26 of DC Comics’ ‘New 52’ title Earth 2, and is collected, along with Earth 2: Futures End #1, as Earth 2 Volume 5: The Kryptonian HC (The New 52). For a review of the full storylines running through the individual issues, follow that link.

Issue #22 opens with the rebirth of the Green Lantern - with the implication that the Green works differently on Earth 2… Meanwhile Superman has worked out that the new Kryptonian is likely to be in the Batcave. He leads his army of Parademons there, and runs into Hawkgirl and the Red Tornado, who are training Zod; As a battle erupts, Lois reveals her identity to him…


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