Star Trek: All Of Me
WildStorm Productions (April, 2000)
I also wonder how they got the Paramount Comics logo since that was the imprint with Marvel and at the time WildStorm had just joined DC Comics.
WRITERS: Tony Isabella & Bob Ingersoll
PENCILER: Aaron Lopresti
INKER: Randy Emberlin
COLORISTS: Dick Bell & Jeromy Cox
LETTERER: Ryan Cline
DESIGN: Alex Sinclair
EDITOR: Jeff Mariotte
After defeating a group of Orion pirates and bring them in without the ship self-destructing, our crew is immediately diverted to Pollux II, where Armand St. John, a brilliant but rather crazy scientist Spock used to know from the Academy, has discovered a new invention that took him away from his work on transwarp drives. According to St. John the machine allows him to bring alternate versions of himself from across the multiverse, something he learned about because he had the security clearance to read the reports on the mirror universe. This includes alien and gender-swapped versions of himself and Spock, but Spock realizes the machine is a scam, possibly given to him by someone else, which allows him to create alternate versions of himself, which fade away when Spock uses his mind-meld to make St. John believe the device doesn’t work just as the duplicates take over the Enterprise. The whole event was caused by a powerful alien calling himself Djinn, who has a hatred for humanity and not only used the event to get rid of St John before he could advance the Federation but lure the ship away from a colony about to make their own breakthrough. Kirk and Spock are left to wonder if they’ll ever face him again.
What they got right: The story itself would have made for an interesting episode, although given the budget necessary for all the different Armand St. Johns they might have had to save it for the Animated Series. Scotty really gets to shine in how he keeps control of the ship away from the St. John army.
What they got wrong: Unless they were trying to set up a future story Djinn’s part in this graphic novel is really unnecessary. We’ve seen plenty of strange machines on alien worlds both in use and left behind that he could just as easily have found the device and believed he was making alternate versions of himself.
Recommendation: This was a pretty good graphic novel, one that isn’t a trade like so many of them are today. It’s worth checking out if you see it.