Star Trek #74
DC Comics (August, 1995)
“Star-Crossed” part 2: “Loved Not Wisely…”
WRITER: Howard Weinstein
PENCILER: Rachel Ketchum
INKER: Mark Heike
COLORIST: Ray Murtaugh
LETTERER: Bob Pinaha
EDITOR: Margaret Clark
Years pass since the previous issue. Now Lieutenant Kirk is first officer of the Eagle but Gary is sure Jim’s recent meetings mean he might be getting his own captaincy. Visiting Earth, Kirk decides to drop in on Carol Marcus and learns about his son, David. He goes home to the family farm to decide if he should stay with Carol and David or continue in Starfleet, but the choice becomes easy when he’s given command of the Oxford. Carol knew that would be his choice and asks him to stay out of David’s life.
What they got right: We get to see Jim’s family, including his brother was killed in an episode of the show, subtly referenced here so that if you hadn’t seen the show it wouldn’t mean anything to you but if you had it’s a nice bonus. That’s how you do continuity for older audiences without losing newer ones. The story with Kirk having to choose between Carol and David or his career in Starfleet makes him a bit more human. Carol looks more like the proper age in this issue and baby David looks like what the adult actor from Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan might have looked like at that age.
What they got wrong: The problem is that same continuity is messed up here. I checked the Memory Alpha fan wiki and confirmed that Kirk didn’t know he had a son until Star Trek II. The novels made the same mistake. I guess everyone wants to be the one to write the key moments but that takes away from people who made them officially. (Comics and novels are not canon.) None of the ships we see Kirk on in this flashback portion of the arc (next issue I believe was a “present day” story) are ships he was actually on in the show. I don’t know if the show ever specifically said the Enterprise was Kirk’s first command but the named ships were not Eagle or Oxford but the Republic and the Farragut. This is why it’s a good thing we have fan wikis today to collect this kind of information. Weinstein didn’t have that back in the day but it’s still something wrong and I have to bring it up.
Recommendation: Thus far an interesting, if factually off, story arc. Might be worth checking out.