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Monday, 6 June 2011

Vintage Star Trek Comic - The Choice Part One

I was going through my box of comics this morning, and I came across the Star Trek comic from 1978 that I got at an antique book store: Star Trek: A Dynabrite Comic - The Evictors and The Choice. The price on the cover is 69 cents - I only wish comics still cost that much, instead of the 5-20 dollars I am used to.

As always, click images for larger, readable scans.

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How impossibly epic!

While reading the introduction (out loud, to all of those around me - whether they cared or not) I used my epic-shatner voice. It's the only way to do it. But wait - who is that with Kirk? And why are they fencing, of all things?

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But fencing is Sulu's forte!
Then suddenly: atoms, and the birthplace of the universe! No origin story has ever been so captivating! I can hardly tear my eyes from the page! They are practically glued on with excitement!

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The birthplace of the universe!
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Atoms! Comets! Planets! Moons!
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And back to the Enterprise.
Now on to the action - where we see Scotty running to his station while shouting in a... Jamaican accent?

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Aye, mon, makin' like hares, mon.
All of the sudden, STUFF happens (oh no, not STUFF!) and they find themselves... NOWHERE! (Insert dramatic music)

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Mr. Spock, assess the situation!
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Nowhere! (To be precise)
We find out that they may just be in... someplace RADICAL! A capsule floats around outside... menacingly and capsule-like.

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In the atom... everything is fine?
Inside the primal atom, they prepare to board a pod that is controlled by Lt. Nova - she wears a suit that allows her to control the pod with her movements. I can just imagine her sitting there, wiggling her arms around.

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I want that suit. Really badly.
Just moments after the cylinder is captured and brought on board, it begins to open, unaided by the crew! (Suspense!)

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Gee, could it be someone's double? Again?
Somehow Kirk often seems to gain a double, and this is no different. "Kirk" jumps out dramatically and immediately begins giving orders.

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Except he wear a blue uniform. And not even a cool science-blue like Spock or McCoy.
Finally we get an explanation by "Kirk" himself! I won't ruin it for you, you will have to read it for yourself, before moving on.

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Over and over! And over! And over!
Finally we come to the end of part one - where we find out why exactly he had to get to this Enterprise... and we end with an agreement: A fight to the death! The last panel is my favorite. I don't know why, but I find it highly amusing every time I see him wave out his hand and declare, "I'm GAME!"

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I'm GAME!
That's it for part one of "The Choice". I regret I will have to keep you in suspense, check back in a day or two for the conclusion!

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