INFESTATION: STAR TREK #1 (of 2)
Written by: Scott and David Tipton
Art by: Gary Erskine
Published by: IDW
Cover Price: $3.99
They’re coming to get you, Uhura (yeah, I had to look up how to spell her name).
The Infestation continues! We switch gears a little here and visit the Star Trek Universe with Admiral Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy on their way to a settlement that wants to honor Bones for his work in a Frontier Medics Program. Bones isn’t happy about it.
The first indicator that something is wrong is the total lack of communication with the settlement, called Calibus VII for you Trek Fans out there, and when they land there is no sign of life…at all.
After landing they begin to investigate the reason for everyone being, well, gone. They find a body and, after some scans, Bones simply says “He’s dead, Jim” only to have the corpse reanimate and attack one of the extra people (who weren’t wearing red shirts, that surprised me). Then all hell breaks loose.
Zombies come out of the woodwork and Kirk and crew quickly learn their Phasers have no effect on the walking dead and they begin to lose their crew as a few are turned into zombies.
McCoy tries his best to figure things out but there is very little information available other than it’s some kind of virus that travels through the body’s system with ‘unprecedented speed and aggression.
Undermind is not mentioned but felt here when the recently changed Starfleet Officers try to take Kirk’s shuttle craft and leave the planet. Some quick thinking by Kirk gets a warning out to the Enterprise as prevents the plague from leaving the planet. It also strands Kirk, Spock and Bones on a planet infested with zombies for five days at the most.
Spock seems preoccupied with learning the source of the plague and how to stop it. After some work they figure out a source of energy which seems different from anything else on the planet and begin the long trek to it’s location.
The issue ends with the three trying to get into a satellite building before they are overrun by the zombies. Kirk finally decides it’s time to set their Phasers to maximum power.
What’s fun about this is, while you know that these guys can’t die, you feel they are actually in real danger of being bitten and turned to zombies. It’s also interesting to learn that apparently the concept of zombies has been all but forgotten but this time in the future and the reactions of our main characters are the same as they would be today. They don’t understand what’s going on but they know it’s dangerous and lethal.
The Tipton’s do a great job of setting this up. As a non-fan of the original Star Trek series I was still able to read and enjoy this while the art of Gary Erskine perfectly matches up the feel of the original Star Trek with the dark nature of Infestation. I have to admit I was a little worried how these two concepts would meld together but after reading this…I’m very happy.
It was also hard to read this without hearing the voices of the actors.
This really shows the scope of Infestation and it’s a lot of fun!