Star Trek #16
DC Comics (July, 1985)
“New Frontiers” part 8: “Homecoming”
WRITER: Mike W. Barr
PENCILER: Tom Sutton
INKER: Ricardo Villagran
COLORIST: Michele Wolfman
LETTERER: John Costanza
MANAGING EDITOR: Tom Condon
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Robert Greenberger
EDITORS: Marv Wolfman & Mike W. Barr
The Excelsior returns from the mirror universe and Styles hasn’t given up his urge to see Kirk arrested and tossed out of Starfleet. While Starfleet keeps the whole invasion secret Kirk slips some information to crusading Andorian reporter Lyndra Dean, who is more than happy to run the story. The outpouring of support for Kirk ties Starfleet’s hands and Grand Admiral Steven Turner is forced to keep Kirk and crew on to give Excelsior a proper shakedown and find any other easily exploitable problems. However, Spock is assigned to captain the U.S.S. Surak, a science vessel studying the Genesis wave.
What they got right: Heck of a gambit by Kirk, but it worked out for him. It’s a satisfying enough conclusion and with the Enterprise-A not yet constructed it makes sense that he’s got a new ship.
What they got wrong: I know this was kind of out of Barr’s control but I’m wondering how this direction will wrap around to how Star Trek IV began? The only ship available being the Klingon bird of prey they rename, Spock still not back to his old self as he has to reawaken his human side along with his Vulcan side, everyone still on the outs with Starfleet and Kirk awaiting trial. That’s kind of the problem with how the third movie goes into the fourth, and while I don’t expect them to care about the non-canon comic it still affects the future of the series. Sadly I don’t have any of those issues since my next comic in the collection as of this writing goes past The Voyage Home. Also, did Kirk or Dean suggest that Kirk “almost single-handedly” stop the mirror invasion because he may have been in charge of the mission but he had plenty of help on both sides that even “almost” isn’t a fair assessment.
Recommendation: This ended up being a good story arc. While I still think Marvel’s later Mirror Mirror comic better tells how Spock could end up slowly bringing down the Empire this story mostly makes sense as the history leading up to the return of the concept on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I’ll do a review of the collection this weekend over at The Clutter Reports but this isn’t a bad storyline to look into.