Star Trek: The Next Generation: Intelligence Gathering # 1, 2
Writer: Scott Tipton, David Tipton; Pencils and Inks: David Messina; Colors: Ilaria Traversi, Elena Casagrande; Lettering: Neil Uyetake; Cover: David Messina
If you’ve been thinking about picking up the latest ST:TNG comic series, allow me to offer a warning: Intelligence Gathering has lot of words. Lots and lots of words. I mean a whole pile of words. And that’s OK, as I have no problem with wordy comics, as long as the writing is good. But, for those of you who like the modern trend of stripped down text, you should know that this comic is anything but stingy with the words.
When buying this series, I was under the impression that it was a multi-parter of a single story arc. ST:TNG and the rest of the Star Trek series work best under longer story arcs. Longer stories let the large character pool all be included without seeming forced and allow for more complicated storylines. But, Intelligence Gathering appears to be a series of one-shots. The first two issues are decent enough, but they could have been so much more if they were part of a larger story, perhaps like Deep Space Nine’s method for season-length storylines.
Intelligence Gathering is good enough if you like the Trek universe, but probably not of interest to anyone else.