Star Trek #15
DC Comics (June, 1985)
“New Frontiers” part 7: “The Beginning Of The End…”
WRITER: Mike W. Barr
PENCILER: Tom Sutton
INKER: Ricardo Villagran
COLORIST: Michele Wolfman
LETTERER: John Costanza
MANAGING EDITOR: Tom Codon
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Robert Greenberger
EDITORS: Marv Wolfman & Mike W. Barr
Instead of being put to death the Empire decides his hatred of Kirk would serve better on the battlefield with a new ship. Meanwhile, Kirk forms an alliance between the Klingons and the Romulans but the latter plan to betray everyone. Mirror Saavik manages to switch with her double and tries to sabotage Kirk’s plan to disable the Empire ships using their similarities to Starfleet ships, with a device that will protect their allies from the same attempt. The alliance manages to stop the first wave of Empire ships but Blane comes in with their own version of the Excelsior. However, they used scans of the Starfleet version to push past some of the advancements they haven’t made, which Scotty messed with and Mirror Excelsior ends up being damaged. The battle over the Klingons and Romulans turn on Kirk but he prepared for that and they end up being defeated as well. Now Mirror David has the disabled Empire ships and some people switching sides along with Mirror Spock and Marlena, while the crew’s Mirror counterparts (except for Saavik, whom Mirror Kirk killed thinking it was the real Saavik) get sent out in a shuttle for the Empire to deal with. With all that sorted out, the Excelsior returns to normal space and Kirk’s impending trial for Genesis.
What they got right: The next issue, which is the last one in the trade I’ve been reviewing from, is more of an epilogue so I’m calling this the finale of the arc and it’s a good one. The Mirrors aren’t forgotten, Kirk shows how clever he is in knowing the Klingons and Romulans would betray him and preparing for that. we get a battle of the Excelsiors, and the conclusion is satisfying.
What they got wrong: Although I would have liked to have seen a final fight between Kirk and Mirror Kirk with Kirk winning. Instead Mirror Kirk and the others are killed off by Empire forces who think he betrayed the Empire. It just feels incomplete, but having him somehow survive for a final encounter at this point would just be rehashing and bad storytelling. His story ends here or someone’s just pandering.
Recommendation: There’s one more chapter officially but unofficially this ending is satisfactory. Worth looking into.