Review – Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever #3 (of 5) (IDW Publishing)

ST_CEF_03-pr-page-001Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer(s): Harlan Ellison, Scott Tipton & David Tipton
Artist(s): J.K. Woodward
Release Date: 27th August 2014

The last time I reviewed this series was issue number one, so excuse the gap. The basic background to this series is that it’s based on Harlan Ellison’s original draft for the show. However, before making it to screen it was altered as one of the themes to this particular story happens to be drug use, which doesn’t quite mesh with the Utopian vision that Roddenberry had envisioned.

This issue sees Kirk and Spock arrive in the depression, and superficially follows that part of the ‘City on the Edge of Forever’ episode but felt bogged down with extraneous story threads (for example: Spock and Kirk earn their keep separate from Edith Keeler). These changes from the established version seemingly pad out the story and/or follow the Ellison draft more firmly. Yet in a roundabout, way this manages to tie to overarching story more, which in turn makes the connection between Keeler and Kirk seem a pinch more forced.

The art in this issue was strong, JK Woodward’s art usually has me somewhat divided; as I have said on a few occasions it does appear as though photos have been referenced often throughout his work, and when put into a new context this distinctive style doesn’t necessarily work. For the most part though that isn’t much of an issue here. Personally though, what I found to be a large hook are the faux vintage covers which give the series a 60’s-style sci-fi feel that just fits really well and make the books stand out..

Rating: 3/5


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GARYavGary Kane aka (GK)
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