Star Trek: Untold Voyages #3
Marvel/Paramount Comics (May, 1998)
WRITER: Glenn Greenberg
PENCILER: Michael Collins
INKER: Keith Williams
COLORIST: Matt Webb
LETTERER: Chris Eliopoulos
EDITOR: Tim Tuohy
At a Starbase for R&R, McCoy goes to meet with his daughter Joanna, who has already been met by Jim Kirk. Knowing his friend’s reputation and his daughter recently breaking off her wedding, he worries about them getting together and tries to warn her off, only succeeding in getting them both mad. When McCoy goes to apologize to Joanna he finds she’s been kidnapped by Jahn, the kid from the episode “Miri”. It seems McCoy’s cure had side effects to the kids due their altered physiology (becoming near immortal and not having parents to make them eat well will do that to you) the cure has become a new disease, one that killed Miri and a few other older kids, and threatens to take the others as well. Jahn wanted to murder McCoy and Kirk (his rival for Miri’s affections) but seeing them both attached to Joanna he opts to make her get sick instead so they’ll know how it feels. McCoy manages to stabilize their condition but the Onlies just want all the “grups” to get lost. Joanna vows to return to medical school and come back to cure them for good, winning Jahn over.
What they got right: I can see McCoy worried about Kirk getting too close to his daughter given his reputation and Kirk being only somewhat older than Joanna. Nothing happens though fortunately. I’m also glad McCoy reconciled with them both by the end.
What they got wrong: Especially considering the dumping on McCoy gets with the Onlies. Granted this is a personal gripe and not a critical one, but undoing the happy ending of “Miri” and killing off the title character didn’t really work for me. To his credit Greenberg does explain the in-universe reasons well enough, although I do wonder why the other Starfleet members that were working with them didn’t get sick and how long this was going on for–that IS a critic complaint, but I don’t like seeing happy endings ruined. That’s just me though.
Other notes: An inspiration credit was given to long time Star Trek writer D.C. Fontana. According to my research she had written a passed-on script with a different kidnapping scenario in mind for Joanna McCoy (poor girl) but the subplot with Kirk is basically the same. Greenberg just swapped out Klingons for Jahn. Apparently Greenberg didn’t like Joanna’s characterization in other works and saw a chance to make her better in the Paramount Comics sub-timeline.
Recommendation: Personal issues aside, this is a well-told story and it’s worth checking out.