Publisher: IDW Publishing
Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Date: February 2007
Title: The Space Between
Writer: David Tischman
Artist: Casey Maloney
Cover artists: Jeremy Geddes, Zach Howard
Synopsis: Following Ambassador Spock’s decison to stay on Romulus, Picard takes a week off in the ruins of an ancient city on Rajatha Prime with old friend, Dr. Marjorie Devarona. The dig team finds the wreckage of a two-hundred year-old Starfleet shuttlepod and five valuable harmonic diamonds with skeletal remains of the pod’s occupants. The diamonds divide the archeological team and the killing begins. Picard must solve the puzzle of the diamonds and the dig before he becomes the next victim. Meanwhile, back on the Enterprise, Dr. Crusher and Counsellor Troi experience a little Saturday night fever.
David Tischman and Casey Maloney take us to an impressive rainforest planet complete with ancient ruins, NX-era shuttlepod remains, skeletons, singing diamonds, Andorians, Bolians and Bajorans, oh my. But that’s not what’s got Troi worked up. It turns out that Beverly is a doctor and a disco diva. Of course, Troi joins in the fun.
The B-story is amusing, but this issue features Picard solving a mystery and almost getting killed while on vacation for a week. Captain + Vacation = Trouble. You’d think Starfleet would’ve figured this out by now. Once again, we’ve got a story with the feel of a television episode. There is a bit of action, a bad girl, and an arrival in the nick of time. What more could you ask for?
Now that the first issue of IDW Publishing’s Star Trek: The Next Generation mini-series has disappeared from shelves at local comic shops and the second issue is about to arrive, I’d like to add some followup commentary to my review of issue #1.
Reviews from around the blogosphere and at various Star Trek forums are about what I expected. Most reviewers agree that writer David Tischman captured the essence of the first season TNG and penned a story that could easily have been a televison episode. Casey Maloney’s art has drawn mixed reactions. His technique is very different from past incarnations of Star Trek comics. Artists like Gordon Purcell and Jerome Moore are revered by Star Trek comics fans and are frequently held up as examples while discussing The Space Between #1. There’s no question that past artists have done exceptional work, but I find Maloney’s work both different and interesting.
IDW typically publishes variant covers for every comic. It looks like each issue of The Space Between will have art and photo covers for regular distribution and one or more retailer incentive issues with variant covers. Dennis Calero’s art for issue #1 is a fine introduction to the new line of comics and has been widely praised. The incentive covers by Zach Howard offer a different perspective on the characters. As for the photo covers, well, they’re photo covers. GRINNNDDDD. That’s the sound my teeth are making, because I have a compulsion to buy every variant issue.
IDW has assembled an enthusiastic crew of creators and I’m hoping for a long run. Personally, I feel that diversity is a good thing in comics as well as in life. I’m looking forward to more of the different from IDW.
This issue will have four covers and there have hints on the web that there is something tying together the six issues that will make up this mini-series.