IDW Publishing returns home from the Mirror Universe with Star Trek #17, the latest chapter in the ongoing series. This standalone issue features McCoy, in a detailed and introspective portait of the Chief Medical Officer. Spoilers ahead.
Star Trek #17
Written by Mike Johnson and F. Leonard Johnson, M.D., art by Claudia Balboni, inks by Erica Durante, colors by Claudia SGC, letters by Chris Mowry, creative consultant Roberto Orci, edited by Scott Dunbier
McCoy is reminded how much he hates his job all too often. While trying to comfort a crewmember whose husband is grievously ill, McCoy examines his past for clues to how he might deal with his present. A childhood walk with his father in Mississippi; meeting his wife, Pamela, for the first time; meeting a dying young child who wants to be a starship captain; the slow death of his marriage; and another walk with his elderly and still spry father. His past has lead him to Starfleet, new colleagues, new challenges and surprisingly, new resolve.
Fear of flying and dying!
After an action-packed visit to the Mirror Universe, writer Mike Johnson brings us back to nuTrek to focus on Dr. Leonard McCoy. In the film, Star Trek (2009), we meet McCoy with Jim Kirk. He’s crabby and not very happy. Johnson takes us on a tour of McCoy’s past to give us an idea of the events and circumstances that shaped the doctor prior to our first meeting. This is a very introspective story. On it’s own merits, I found it interesting, but came away a little puzzled and maybe a little disappointed. We’ve been told that the ongoing series will give us hints about what’s to come in the next feature film, but I don’t see anything of what might be coming, in McCoy’s story. There’s no reason that every issue has to be informative, but
IDW has announced that the ongoing series ends with issue #20, so I guess I was expecting more. On the other hand, Claudia Balboni returns as the artist for this issue and does an outstanding job, along with inker Erica Durante and colorist Claudia SGC. Their art really draws the reader into McCoy’s past and present. Tim Bradstreet’s cover portrait is unusual. McCoy looks angry, but that’s ok. He does his best work when he’s emotional, in spite of what Spock may think.
Star Trek #17 is available now in your local comic shop. Coming February 20, a fleet of Star Trek comics are tentatively scheduled for release. They include Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness #2, a second printing of Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness #1, Star Trek: The Next Generation – Hive #4, and Star Trek #18.
In you case you missed it, artist Josh Howard posted an animated-style drawing of the Deep Space Nine crew to celebrate their 20th anniversary. This version includes Ezri Dax. There is another version with Jadzia Dax. This is a followup to his 25th anniversary drawing of the Next Generation crew. I hope folks at IDW are paying attention. Large versions are available on Howard’s blog. He also plans to sell prints.
Mark Martinez is an obsessive-compulsive Star Trek comics reader and collector. You can visit his website, the Star Trek Comics Checklist for more than you ever needed to know about Star Trek comics.