Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever is a graphic novel based on the Teleplay by Harlan Ellison and not on the Star Trek episode itself. There are subtle differences and how can you tell a story that is almost fifty years old and make it fresh again? In graphic novel form and with the talents of Scott and David Tipton and the artwork of JK Woodward, life is breathed into this tale for future generations whose only sense of the Star Trek mythos are the current JJ Abrams movies.
This is old time Kirk and Spock and science fiction along the lines of Asimov and Bradbury. Its smart, quick and pays the reader the respect to acknowledge that the reader does have the intelligence to follow along.
The story follows the actions of a criminal who has somehow become a Starfleet crew member aboard the Enterprise named Beckwith. After he commits a murder on board the Ship he escapes to the surface of the planet the Enterprise is orbiting. The planet that holds the City on the Edge of Forever. A place where all time and space meet. Kirk and his landing party pursue and find themselves chasing Beckwith back to Earth in the 1930s. They must stop Beckwith whose actions may have repercussions that can change the future forever.
These are themes first set down in The City on the Edge of Forever that will crop up in future episodes of the series and its future generations. Temporal Time Displacement. A ripple in time. The Butterfly effect.
Heady and intelligent stuff. This is what made Star Trek such a phenomenon. It dared to be smart. Which when you consider what television has become, very courageous as well.
Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever is an enjoyable read and well worth the nostalgia it would give any Trekkie. Or just anyone who enjoys good smart writing.