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John Byrne
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Posted: 23 March 2009 at 9:09am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I don't have a name in mind for her, but something that did inform my early
thinking was that Roddenberry referred to No 1, in his pitch, as a
"Nile Valley beauty". This planted in my mind the notion that she's
possibly meant to be Egyptian.
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Albert Hoffman
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Picked up the first issue and really enjoyed it. I had not read a Star Trek comic in many a year, so this was a real treat. Loved the look back at the early days of the Federation. I am also planning on getting Missions End. Really looking forward to Crew #2.
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Posted: 24 March 2009 at 10:09am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Crew # 1 is simply perfect.

I only wish I got a new issue of Crew every week during primetime!

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Posted: 24 March 2009 at 10:59am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I read this over the weekend and I loved it. I didn't make the connection that our unnamed heroine was to become the Number One character, but that's a neat tie-in. It's one of those things that isn't necessary to know in order to enjoy the story, but it's pretty cool once you learn the connection.

I must admit that through the first few pages, I thought JB had simply forgotten to give us the character's name. But by the time I got into the meat of story, I realized it was a deliberate omission. Well played!

I also liked the dedication to Majel Roddenberry. Very classy.

This was very much worth the wait. I'm looking forward to issue #2!

 

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Posted: 24 March 2009 at 10:18pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Is there a typo on the last page? She says, "Leave it along, Griggs."

I liked the tie-in of the transporter accident and the corpse looked creepy.

Good start for this series.
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Posted: 25 March 2009 at 1:28am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

In Marvels' Star Trek Early Voyages, a 17 issue series I consider some of my favorite Trek comics (Captain Pike and Ensign Spock) -- "Number One" has a name -- Lieutenant Commander Robbins.  I've not found reference to her first name.





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Fortunately, I'm required to pay attention only to what was broadcast.
Anything else -- including CREW -- is basically fanfic.
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But really, really good fanfic, JB.
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John Byrne
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Hey, sure! "Fanfic" is not a pejorative. Simply means "doesn't count" when
considering the overall continuity.

This was a wise move on the part of Paramount, I think. Given the
proliferation of TREK related material, it would be insane to say all (or even
any) of the novels and comic books were "real". Imagine some hotshot
Hollywood writer turning in a script for a new TREK movie, and being told it
can't be done because it contradicts a scene in a comicbook that came out
in 1987!
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Posted: 25 March 2009 at 8:46am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

JB,

Did you read EARLY VOYAGES ?   I only ask becuase I honestly found it to be the best Trek (in comics) I'd read in a long time.   I like UNTOLD VOYAGES (I think that was the title) that came out at the same time, too.  It used TOS crew in their The Motion Picture uniforms.

Early Voyages seemed well researched for continuity, etc.


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I have not read any TREK fiction since the James Blish novels.
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I was amazed at the Romulan issues....I am grateful for CREW...It shows the magnificance of early Trek. Less was more with regard to the look and technology. The art indicate that classy look but none the less indicated the power of these vessels. I loved it.....I am stilll afraid Trek at IDW will suffer the same fate as Marvel Trek. And I must say that other than the Claremont/Hughes Trek graphic novel...Mr. Byrne's is the best Trek Comics I have ever read..Here's to much much more....

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Well... speaking as someone who only kind of knows the Trek world...

I thought it was great!  Top notch comic - I was totally able to fall into the story, and I thought it was really well done.

 

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Read it last night....really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the rest of the series.  I liked the "explanation" of the 1701 designation.  The Constitution was the ship of the class with the 1700 designation and next came the Enterprise with 1701.  I don't know if that was ever established before but I liked how it was worked into the background of the story as just a part of the way Starfleet operates. 
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I don't know if that was ever established before…

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Not as such, but it seemed logical and Paramount had no objections.
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What a fantastic story - to be witness to the "Shakedown" of the Enterprise is treat enough, but what really grabbed me was Number One and Rasmussen. Really enagaging characters right off the bat.

The story is rolled out just right. The discovery in san Francisco is a nice and creepy mystery. And when we discover what has happened it is pretty damn cold blooded. I have a feeling these Klingons may be trouble down the road for the Federation. Just guessing here.

The art looks fantastic - the star field and planet art mixes really well with the ship. Particulalrly when the ship is in front of Saturn (at least I think it's Saturn as they haven't warped). The two page spread giving us our first look of the Enterprise is stunning. The black borders works really well. Love the panel layouts in this one - excellent for ratcheting up the tension during the action scenes.

A wonderful issue to dedicate to Majel Roddenberry - that's a perfect touch.


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Finally got a copy a couple of days ago. Just finished reading it this afternoon.

Loved the story. What a fun read. Felt like I was watching an episode of the series.

Glad to see the issue dedicated to Majel Roddenberry.

 

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Posted: 31 March 2009 at 8:21pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Drove almost 90 miles one way to pick up #1. Read it in the parking lot...totally worth it.

I'll be able to get #2 locally. :)

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I remember driving 90 miles once a month to get my comics. Also, worth it.

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Posted: 01 April 2009 at 8:41am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

JB, after reflecting on CREW #1...you captured exactly what military "service" is all about. A really great issue.

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...you captured exactly what military "service" is all about…

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Flying in cool spaceships and fighting aliens?
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I like what I have seen so far and am interested in trying more.

I am curious JB. In your ST world, do you think you will ever use the second iteration of Klingons? I have the impression that you weren't a fan of the retcon, so please correct me if I am wrong. But I guess I was wondering if you had room for both versions in your pages. The fan in me thinks it would be cool to see them working side by side.

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JB, maybe self-less service would be a better choice of words.
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In your ST world, do you think you will ever use the second iteration of
Klingons?

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I expect so, eventually. I'm playing around with the idea of doing a little
mix-and-match with the Klingons in the "final" chapter of what's turned
into my Romulans "saga". Just have lumpy-heads mixed in with the
"normal" Klingons, without comment.

I have in my mind a perfectly logical way they can exist side-by-side (that
doesn't involve viruses or different races or aging, or any of the other
reasons offered), so I have no real problem with using both flavors.

(But -- since my Romulan's storyline takes place before the first TOS movie,
would all my lumpy-headed Klingons have the same brow pattern, as
they did in THE MOTION PICTURE?)
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JB, maybe self-less service would be a better choice of words.

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Darn! I was ready to enlist!
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