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John Byrne
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Posted: 09 May 2009 at 1:32pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Originally, CREW was planned for six issues. But the Holders of Purse at IDW
prefer 5 issue packets for trade paperback collection*, so Chris Ryall asked
me if I would mind dropping an issue. I didn't, but I had already finished
issue 3, and since dropping an issue would mean Young One would be
heading for the Enterprise sooner than I planned (I still wanted the last
2 issues to be on that ship) I asked for an extra page, so I could slide in the
Epilog originally intended for issue 4. Then I trimmed a page from issue 4,
so IDW would not have to foot the extra cost.


*When collected, my ROMULANS stuff will obviously be an exception, as the
issue count is 1, 2 and 3, plus the trade-only retelling of "Balance of Terror".
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John Mietus
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Posted: 09 May 2009 at 2:13pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa...

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...Retelling of "Balance of Terror"?

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Awesome.
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Posted: 09 May 2009 at 2:16pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Awesome indeed!
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Ed Deans
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This issue felt like something that could easily be a TOS story, just with a larger budget. The shading was a real leap forward. I hope you keep using it.

So JB is doing "Balance of Terror" for the trade? Cool.
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Leigh DJ Hunt
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Unlike Greg, this was actually my least favourite of the series mainly because the story just didn't have an extra twist in it that I personally felt it needed.But the book still looked beautiful and I am really growing to love the character of Number One.
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Really? It felt like vintage TREK to me--we're given a compelling "lost colony" mystery and then it's gradually explained, bit by bit. Maybe not with a huge twist at the end, but it's still an interesting plot.
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I love this series!   The little details from the original pilot are expanded upon and make the story ring true.  This issue was lots of fun.  I like how the street scenes could have been shot on the Desilu backlot!  The design for the U.S.S. Ventura was also nice.  It reflects an earlier generation of Starship that could have been around for decades befor Constitution class ships showed up.  Is it computer generated?  It looks so clean and perfect.  I love injokes and references.  I study each panel for anything that might be hidden there.  The names on the tombstones are ( I believe) Lucy Kenton and Abraham Kenton.  Is that a reference to anything?  Also, the Captain is not identified but the close-up on page 10 immediatly made me think of Percy Rodriguez.  He played Commodore Stone in the Tos episode "Court-Martial".  It would be a nice fit!  I can hear his voice when I re-read his lines.  On another note, it's a bummer that we are losing an issue because of the printing requirements for the future trade paperback.  But, that's business!

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I'm thoroughly enjoying this series as well, however I do think there is a
potential danger in staying TOO close to the feel of vintage Trek. For
example, as Charles notes, this feels like one of those episodes that could
have been shot on a studio lot. Those episodes were always my least
favorite. As a kid, I wanted to see the Enterprise zooming around space,
encountering strange new worlds and civilizations. Every time they came
across a planet that looked exactly like Earth, I felt just a little bit cheated. I
wanted Kirk shooting down Klingons, not dressing up like Elliott Ness.

The best thing about JB's Star Trek work is that it's what vintage Trek would
have been like with a proper budget.
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Also, the Captain is not identified but the close-up on page 10 immediatly made me think of Percy Rodriguez. He played Commodore Stone in the Tos episode "Court-Martial". It would be a nice fit! I can hear his voice when I re-read his lines.

When I sneekpeeked a page from this issue, some folk wondered if the Ventura captain was meant to be Stone, and I pointed out that the timing is not quite right. This episode takes place about eighteen years before TOS, and I felt Commodore Stone was meant to be a closer contemporary to Kirk than that. (Tho Percy Rodrigues was almost 20 years older than Shatner.)

Anyway, pay close attention next issue, and see if you notice anything. . .

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I'm thoroughly enjoying this series as well, however I do think there is a potential danger in staying TOO close to the feel of vintage Trek. For example, as Charles notes, this feels like one of those episodes that could have been shot on a studio lot. Those episodes were always my least favorite. As a kid, I wanted to see the Enterprise zooming around space, encountering strange new worlds and civilizations. Every time they came across a planet that looked exactly like Earth, I felt just a little bit cheated. I wanted Kirk shooting down Klingons, not dressing up like Elliott Ness.

In principle, I agree. But I am too much of a TOS fan to not have my own "Miri"/"Piece of the Action"/"City on the Edge of Forever". At least I resisted including Floyd's Barber Shop in the background!

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JB,

Your STAR TREK stuff continues to be excellent.  CREW has been very enjoyable.  Can't wait for more!

On a side note....who knew IDW had been around for 10 years?!?!?
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On a side note....who knew IDW had been around for 10 years?!?!?

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I was thinking that!

JB, will the 'missing issue' turn up in a future issue of The Crew, that's assuming we will get more.

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Perhaps. The basic story is pretty simple. I could slot it into any of my
proposed TREK projects without too much tweaking.
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Great third issue, JB. Loved the opening shot with the transporter scene. Felt like I was watching an old episode of the series.  Really enjoying this series.

Quick questions:

Do you think there will be a Crew 2? If so, will it focus on another character?

 

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John Byrne
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Have to see how CREW sells before we'll know if there's enough interest to
warrant a sequel.
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Posted: 11 May 2009 at 10:11am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Sales figures from the first three issues haven't been an indication, or do they
wait for the entire series to come out before making that determination?
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I love crew....I have to be a little honest in that perhaps number 1 was too quick in destroying the robot? I felt there was an alternative...but she protected her crew......
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In the original pilot, No.1 was shown as prone to take the most direct
route to dealing with problems!
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From the figures so far, Crew has higher orders compared to JB's previous Star Trek titles.

That has to be a promising sign for a sequel.

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"From the figures so far, Crew has higher orders compared to JB's previous Star Trek titles."

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Really?  Great!  That's got to be a sign of positive word of mouth.  If anything you would expect the first books to sell more based on JB's name and the novelty of his working on TREK books.  Also the very first one had the most recognizable "cast" since it featured Romulans.  Sounds like the people that bought the first issues are sticking around and spreading the positive news!  Good stuff!
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Become One with the Body. . . .
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Become One with the Body. . . .

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Now there would be a cool mini-series. The story of the USS Archon.

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Kind of a downer, tho!
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Perhaps the Horizon, then? They were contemporaries, after all.
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Enjoyed the reading immensely yesterday when I went to the shop and bought my copy.
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