Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever Preview and Review!

Original Teleplay by Harlan Ellison®
Adaptation by Scott Tipton & David Tipton
Art by J.K. Woodward
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Series Edits by Chris Ryall0306-startrek

Note: The actual title is “Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever the Original Teleplay”; I took liberties to fit that into a headline.

Easily one of the most most-recognized and celebrated episodes of the original Star Trek series, one of the more famous aspects of “City on the Edge of Forever” happened behind the scenes. Writer Harlan Ellison’s displeasure at the rewriting of his original vision has led to its printing several times in script and novel format. To my knowledge, this is the first time it’s had a visual representation.

What a representation it is! This project first came to may attention when I met J.K. Woodward at the 2014 Granite State Comic-Con. He had his portfolio with the original painted art of the first four issues, and I was just blown away by it. One of those sad moments where you don’t want to monopolize the artist’s time, but you could just gaze at the amazing artwork all day long. I purposely held off on the single issues, waiting for the collection I knew had to be coming, and boy was it worth the wait.

The Tiptons are credited with adaptation, which in a very real sense makes them the directors of this work, turning Ellison’s script into pages and panels and chapters. I confess I haven’t read the original script so I’m unclear exactly how and where they left their mark, but their own notes in the annotations suggest they would see that as a compliment.

The features include a foreword and afterword by Ellison, a Paul Shipper cover gallery, a look into Woodward’s creative process, and an annotations section where Woodward and the Tiptons point out the various Easter eggs throughout the story–most of them loving nods to Ellison and his works.

But you don’t have to take my word for it! Here’s a startrek.com article announcing the series, which shows off the first three pages of art. And here’s a Forbidden Planet review of the first issue, showing more pages and maybe even praising it more than I am!

Favorite Line: All of them. I wouldn’t dream of pulling out just one. This deserves to be fully read and savored; pulling out a single soundbite would border on insult. Every Star Trek fan–every fan of great science fiction stories, really–should be pick this up.

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  • This is one of the best ST comics to hit the shelves in 20 years. The Tipton's have done a tremendous job of realizing Harlan Ellison's original vision, and JK has brought that vision to glorious life with his exceptional paintings. Every issue one- upped the 'Wow' factor, of the one before. I was able to chat with JK many times during City's run, giving me extraordinary insights into the behind-the-scenes machinations and his personal feelings on what this series has meant to him. On my own personal note, JK has honored me with a cameo-appearance in issue 5; I'm the profiled hobo over the can fire, wearing my 'trademark' hat. To be included in this series, especially – in a panel with Kirk, Spock and Harlan's character 'Trooper' was a fanboys dream come true!

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