Star Trek: The Primate Directive #3


The death of Spock is like an open wound…

It’s not often that a comic book can make me cry; but as I cracked this issue open today, being reminded of Leonard Nimoy’s passing on Friday morning, it hit me full-bore, once again. The floodgates opened and I had to pause for a moment. Like Kirk, though, we must forge ahead and search for new possibilities. We must honor the man and his legacy, and – remember…

Star Trek: The Primate Directive #3

Published by: IDW Publishing in-participation with BOOM! Studios

Covers by: Rachael Stott and Charlie Kirchoff | Sub Cover by: Kevin Wada

Written by: Scott and David Tipton

Art by: Rachael Stott

Colors by: Charlie Kirchoff

Letters by: Tom B. Long

Essay by: Dana Gould

Edited by: Sarah Gaydos (IDW) and Dafna Pleban (BOOM!)

OVERVIEW: With George Taylor on the loose aboard the Enterprise, Kirk and Spock must find him and make him see reason before Kor does more damage on the planet. But, is it too late – on both fronts?

THE STORY: The Tiptons provide a lot of good information in this chapter; the situation as it stands on the Ape’s planet, how the tides are shifting amongst the different echelons of their society and how Kor intends to ramp-up the stakes to gain the Apes favor.

Also, we see Taylor in a different light. We’re given glimpses into why he’s driven to such lengths, while they remind the readers of who he was, before he landed on this God forsaken world. 

And, although we don’t see a lot from the crew here, there’s plenty of good action and dialogue from Kirk and Spock – even a bit of that dry humor, from the latter. We’re treated to a good round of ‘Kirk-Fu’, too! Hell, yeah!

THE ART: The more I see, the more I like! Rachael and Charlie just keep getting better with each issue. I’m not going to spoil it, but there is a terrific full-page scene, when Taylor is on the run (aboard Enterprise), that just made me say: “Ohh, wow!” It’s totally cool, and maybe, a first? I’ve never seen a panel like it, before. But, I think it’s awesome!

The coloring is great, the details are fantastic and the likenesses are getting better and better. The action sequences are amazing. Plus, there are small details, like the way Spock holds his hand under his chin, in-contemplation, or as he checks readings on his tricorder, there’s Bones smirking and grasping the injured Chekov; also, the hairs on Taylor’s arms, or Kor being smug and diabolical. Little things like that, make for a big show.

And, Tom Long does a great job of moving the story, as well, while doing his best to keep it uncluttered. Great job, all the way around. 

THE COVERS: There are three to choose from, this week. First, the Stott/Kirchoff cover, with Kirk and Taylor in a smackdown on the bridge. Second, is the Wada cover. This is a unique cover with some interesting art. I wasn’t too impressed – at first. However, I’m growing fond of his style. It’s a wall-hanger… Third, the RI cover features a Gold Key motif, with Bones and Zaius’s pictures. 

OVERALL: This is a great issue! The intrigue is building-up, the art department has improved a great deal and I loved the Kirk/Taylor confrontation. Plus, Kor gets things rolling for issue 4, next month. This Planet of the Apes rocks!

‘Til, next time, see ya ‘out there…’

Lt. Eric Cone 

Why I’m a ‘Dormaniac’ – and, didn’t even know it. 

I’m a friend of Dave Dorman, which makes me a ‘Dormaniac’ – at least, that’s what I’ve been labeled as being, on the Fans of Dave Dorman Art page.

To honor his fan-page reaching 200 members, Mickey K. Thompson (a Dormaniac, himself) has started a series; asking us to answer these questions: Why am I a Dormaniac? What is my favorite Dave Dorman piece? Finally, if I could ask Dave to paint a scene (anything), what would it be?

Dave Dorman is known, most-notably, for his Star Wars work at Dark Horse; but he’s had an impressive career in other genre’s, as well. Batman, Indiana Jones, Aliens; plus – the Young Jedi Knights and Han Solo series’ paperbacks, as well as trading cards of various series.

Even though the moniker (Dormaniac) is new, to me, I have been a fan of Dave for a long, long time. The cover for the comic-book adaptation of Batman Returns (above) has been hanging on my walls for nearly 25 years. 

I was quite thrilled when Dave accepted my friend request, several months ago; I was beyond giddy, when I realized he is a standing – indeed, honored member, on my own Facebook fan-page: Batman Past, Present, Future! So, you can imagine that I was ‘over the moon’ for the chance to actually meet Dave in-person, while he was a recent guest at Salt Lake Comic Con’s FanX, in January. 

Why am I an Dormaniac? Because Dave Dorman is a class act! Plus – he was in a Batman shirt! You don’t get any cooler, than that!

Anyway, he greeted me, and fellow-journalist, Jeremiah Michael Stewart, with a genuine smile and a handshake, sincere in his delight to meet us, (as much as we were to meet him). Dave was truly excited to know that he was a member on my page, as well. He, then, allowed us to interview him on his work and a myriad of topics, giving us honest, down-to-earth answers and insights.

What is my favorite Dave Dorman piece of art? While there are many in Dave’s vast portfolio to choose from, I’m a Batman fan… Well, you see it – ‘Batman vs Darth Vader’ is my favorite. Absolutely epic! In fact, Dave was only too happy to sign one of these prints at the con, for me. It was a great meeting; one I’ll remember for a long time. 

After our meeting, I paid tribute to Dave Dorman on my Batman page, by posting a number of his well-known pieces of Batman art. What a great guy, and – what a wealth of talent. 

What scene would I like to see Dave Dorman paint? First, and-foremost, I am a Trekkie. This weekend, we mourned the passing of Star Trek‘s soul, Spock; only, this time, there’s no katra to transfer, and no movie will bring Leonard Nimoy back. I would love to see Dave paint a picture of Spock (Leonard Nimoy) being greeted by his father, Sarek (Mark Lenard) and mother, Amanda (Jane Wyatt), in Sha Ka Ree (Vulcan Heaven). 

I’ll just leave it right there… 

Live long and prosper, Dave. I’m proud to be a Dormaniac, and – your friend. 

Free Comic Book Day Update…

As you’re most-likely aware – if you aren’t, read on – Free Comic Book Day will be celebrated on Saturday, May 2nd, at comic book shops all around the USA! That’s just 63 days away! 

Because of Leonard Nimoy’s passing on Friday (Feb. 27), as a member of FCBD’s press corps, I decided to wait until today, to spread the latest news from Deborah Moreland, (the PR and Marketing Associate of Diamond Comics Distributors) about their new store locator. It’s easy! Click the link, enter your zip code, and the locator will give you details on comic shops within your community, as well as FCBD events and information; the site is being updated daily. 

So! Get your ‘plan of action’ into high-gear and take your kids out to your local comic book store on May 2nd, and enjoy some honest-to-goodness fun! And, of course – FREE COMICS!

While you’re all here, I read a great article by John Dudas, of Sequart Organization, ‘Amazon Did Not Kill the Comic Shop (or, How My Daughter Saved The Comic Shop.’ Not only, does his article give you some great numbers on the increase in comic shops (from Diamond Comics Distributors) over the past year; but he gives great reasons why you should get to know your local comic book shops – and, include your kids! It’s interesting reading. 

A couple of weeks ago, someone on a Facebook comic collecting page asked for advice on how to collect for their kids. John Dudas’s article (above) touches on this, as well; but, as a comic book review writer, myself, I came up with Five Basic Rules (which – were well-received by the group’s members…)

Rule #1: Buy what appeals to your kids. Their love for comics will grow from there.

Rule #2: Buy comics that appeal to you, then read your selections with your kids. Their love for comics will be shared.

Rule #3: Let your kids get to know your local comic book store, and frequent it often; get to know your comic book dealers, start a hold for your kids, and for yourself.

Rule #4: Read the credits, familiarize yourself (and your kids) with the behind-the-scenes workings of how a comic book evolves, into what you’re holding in your hands.


Rule #5: Have Fun!!

Well, that’s it, for me!

‘Til, next time, see ya ‘out there…’

Salt Lake Comic Con Honors Leonard Nimoy

To honor and remember Leonard Nimoy’s passing, this morning, Salt Lake Comic Con has released his Skyped panel, from Sept. 2014, to the public at-large. This will be the first time I have seen this footage, and I’m thrilled to be releasing it to you…

Here is their statement:

We’ve got some sad news to report today as it appears that Salt Lake Comic Con Alumnus Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83 following a brief illness. Nimoy most famously portrayed Spock in the Star Trek TV Series and the films that followed. According to the New York Times, who reported his death, Nimoy had been hospitalized earlier this week with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Aside from Star Trek, Nimoy appears on the TV series Fringe and was an avid photographer and author, with several books published under his name. Nimoy was such a thoughtful and compassionate person who wasn’t afraid to use his celebrity to advocate for causes he cared about. He really did march to the beat of a different drum and, by example, encouraged other people to do the same. Born in 1931, he left an indelible mark on pop culture during his time on this planet.

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It Is Not Logical…

This morning, like billions of humans around the globe, I learned of Leonard Nimoy’s passing, and – it was like being punched in the gut. Noooooooo! Not Spock! This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be! Spock is supposed to outlive us all!

Then, as the news spread – circulating through news outlets and shared posts on the internet, I watched (and – participated in, myself), something extraordinary. People changing their profile pictures, updating their cover photos, writing memoriams and passing-on stories and experiences that they had had because of this man, and the character that he so elegantly – indeed, passionately – portrayed for nigh on 50 years. 

Even President Obama weighed-in with an official statement: “Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future. I loved Spock…”

Ironically, the character Leonard played (so well) was a Vulcan – he, being of an alien species who don’t  show their emotions; well…except on those rare occasions when he was possessed, or under the influence of Pon-Farr, or – maybe, after an extraordinarily profound encounter with something bigger than even he, himself, could fathom.

Even then, Spock would get up, shrug it off and go on being the logical, no-nonsense officer and gentleman he was expected to be. 

Tomorrow, maybe we will do the same; we’ll grieve for thee, shake it off and go about our lives…maybe. But, the impact this character has had on our lives, our culture, our very existence, well…that’s going to stay with us for a long, long time. 

My first remembrance of this iconic character, Spock, was on a Saturday morning cartoon. He wasn’t even the ‘real’ thing! Yet – he, and Kirk and McCoy, had a profound and lasting impression on this 8-year-old, one that is still with me, today. I didn’t know it [then], (indeed, wouldn’t realize it for another 36 years), but Leonard’s portrayal of Spock would change the course of my life. Because of Spock, I know there are always possibilities. 

Spock’s been dead before, but today, we honor and remember this iconic figure; and we celebrate the life and achievements of the man, himself, (his art, poetry, music, teachings, his television, stage and theatrical legacies, his humanity); as we mourn Leonard’s passing, we pay homage to this legend who brought Spock to life, and – into the hearts of billions, irrecovably changing us as a whole. Today, the deeds of the one, far-outweigh the needs of the many. 

On this solemn day, we are allowed to show our emotions; but – as Spock would ask: “Is it logical?”

I’d like to thank Pat Carbajal, for allowing me to use his spectacular art; his personal tribute to Leonard Nimoy and Spock

The Six Million Dollar Man: Season Six – TPB


For your consideration… The Six Million Dollar Man: Season Six TPB is still out there… My revised review…

Originally posted on Go Gator 1's Grins & Gripes:

When I first reviewed this, the date marked the two-year anniversary of my blog; so I figured I’d commemorate the occasion by writing about one of my lifelong favorite subjects: The Six Million Dollar Man. In this case, the Season Six TPB (which released on Dec. 24). And, what a beautiful trade it is, too! I was thrilled with how it turned out…

The Six Million Dollar Man: Season Six – ‘It Came From Deep Space’ TPB
Published by: Dynamite Comics
Written by: James Kuhoric
Art by: Juan Antonio Ramirez (issues 1-5) David T. Cabrera (issue 6)
Colored by: Fran Gamboa
Lettered by: Joshua Cozine
Collection Cover by: Alex Ross
Collection Design by: Katie Hidalgo

As you all know, I selected TSMDMS6 as Best Non-Star Trek Comic of the Year in my VisionaryTrek end-of-year review, and Katie Hidalgo has only solidified that standing with this stunning edition’s…

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