Friday, May 3, 2019

TCCDM Dig and Flip: "Star Trek: The Modala Imperative" (1992)

"Star Trek: The Modala Imperative" 

(I stumbled upon a good-sized box filled with a variety of graphic novels at an estate sale. No official count as I've just been pulling from the box when I find time to read one.  Afterward, I post the book and go from there.)

"Star Trek: The Modala Imperative"
by Michael Jan Friedman and Peter David, Pablo Marcos (Illustrator)
1992 by DC Comics
192 pages
(Originally two 4-issue mini-series - ST / ST:TNG in 1991)

Chekov's first assignment.  He and Kirk beam down incognito to the planet Modala to observe if their people are ready for Federation inclusion and unexpectedly find themselves in the middle of a society filled with major civil discord and oppression.  Many years later, the TNG crew pay a visit to Modala and discover things have vastly improved, but all is not as it seems.

"The Modala Imperative" (inside)

The story is well paced with plenty of action and excitement.  Plus, it's always great to find something with Michael Jan Friedman's hands on it.  The real fun, however, is when ST characters from both eras interact, which I'm sure Peter David had a field day toying with.  That was just icing on the cake for me.  The artwork looks good and flows nicely, too.  This graphic novel remains a great snapshot of the kind of Trek stories DC was beaming to comic shops in the '90s.  Walter Koenig providing an introduction is just bonus.

"Something's Out There" - Freedy Johnston / "Never Home" (1997)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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