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Reyes, Luis, ed. Star Trek: the manga.

REYES, Luis, ed. Star Trek: the manga. Tokyopop. 192p. illus. c2006. 1598167448. $9.99. JSA

This manga features five tales of the Starship Enterprise by a number of different writers and artists. There is also an excerpt from Constellations, the latest Star Trek anthology from Pocket Books. In "Side Effects," the Enterprise is drawn into a wormhole where the crewmembers meet a woman who can infect them with a strange virus that makes them zombie-like robots. At the end of the story she escapes through the wormhole, where she becomes Captain Picard's problem. In "Anything But Alone," Captain Kirk and company, beam down to a strange planet that will be familiar to watchers of the TV series--the inhabitants wear funny clothes and are hiding a terrible secret. "'Til Death" is my favorite story of the bunch. The men and women of the Enterprise are enlisted in a war of the sexes when they find a pair of sarcophagi with the remains of a man and woman. In "Oban," a cute reptilian critter transforms into a raving beast that wreaks havoc amongst the crew's redshirts. "Orphans" combines the best of Star Trek and manga tradition: the Enterprise battles giant robots.

The stories here are all faithful to the spirit of the groundbreaking Star Trek series. Be aware that in some of the tales the art is a bit uneven. This contains comic book violence, monsters and very mild sexuality. (Captain Kirk uses his patented James T. Kirk moves on a comely doctor). If you have Star Trek fans in your library, this manga is a must. George Galuschak, YA Libn., Montvale PL, Montvale, NJ

J--Recommend for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommend for senior high school students.

A--Recommend for advanced students and adults. This code will help librarians and teachers working in high schools where there are honors and advanced placement students. This also will help KLIATT's usefulness in public libraries.
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Date:Nov 1, 2006
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