Star Trek: Assignment Earth #1

Writer: John Byrne Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: August 6, 2008 Critic Reviews: 5
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  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate May 25, 2008

    A particular scene toward the end highlights the waste of war and global schism. The scenario generates a pall of sadness that sharply contrasts the feeling of daring felt in the opening pages. The expert staging and the meaning give Star Trek--Assignment: Earth far more weight than the typical Star Trek tie-in. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Marx Pyle May 25, 2008

    Fun. Yup, that about sums it up. A pleasant surprise from a spin-off that's 40 years overdo. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young May 25, 2008

    For instance, the issue opens with the final scene of the Star Trek episode in which Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock are saying "good-bye" to Seven and Lincoln before beaming up to the Enterprise. Byrne draws these iconic figures as little more than hastily sketched caricatures that would be more appropriate as a one-page satire strip in Mad Magazine (except that the dialog is straight out of the original TV episode). Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Leroy Douresseaux Aug 7, 2008

    Brighter Than a Thousands Suns is a mildly entertaining story, with good structure and even pacing. Im interested if and how it fits in with the stories that follow. [Assignment: Earth begins in 1968, and each following issue jumps forward one year in time.] Alone, this story isnt really that much. The art is okay, with the storytelling being much better than the technique. Byrne allows colorist Tom Smith to create too much of the arts value and texture with his colors, which aint all that. Judging this first issue alone, I cant see much of a reason for Star Trek: Assignment: Earth to exist other than as fan fiction masquerading as licensing. And $3.99 is a bit much to pay for unspectacular fan fiction. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks May 25, 2008

    Star TrekAssignment: Earth ended up being a very frustrating comic for me because of Byrne's inconsistencies. There are many moments where John Byrne is effective at presenting a good story well. But there are many others where his awkward storytelling choices undercut the flow of the story. Based on this, it might be a while before I seek out my next new comic by him. Read Full Review

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