Galaxy Quest: Global Warning
by Scott Lobdell, Ilias Kyriazis (IDW, 2009)

It's a hell of a thing.

Galaxy Quest was an awesome film, perhaps the best Star Trek movie never made. Now, 10 years later, Scott Lobdell has penned a comic-book adventure for our heroes that seriously pales in comparison to the original.

The story, involving a doomsday ship approaching Earth and the recruitment of our heroes by the United States military to go into space and save the planet, is silly but serviceable. It works to the extent that Galaxy Quest is supposed to be a grandiose space opera that doesn't recognize the inanity of its own plots.

What irks me the most is the artwork by Ilias Kyriazis. Do old DVDs of the movie not exist in Kyriazis' world? The rough and cartoony style employed here might have worked if the artist had even an inkling of what these characters look like. Really, dude, even the DVD cover would have given you a model for the three main stars.

All in all, Global Warning is the product of lazy work. With some good writing and illustrating, Galaxy Quest could be a hit all over again. But if this is the best they can do, then please let the movie rest in peace.

review by
Tom Knapp

11 April 2009

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