Star Trek #25
DC Comics (November, 1991)
WRITER: Howard Weinstein
PENCILER: Gordon Purcell
INKER: Arne Starr
COLORIST: Tom McCraw
LETTERER: Bob Pinaha
EDITOR: Robert Greenberger
The Enterprise is finally near Earth during a Starfleet reunion but Kirk isn’t sure he wants to go. His friends talk him into going, though after McCoy was so insistent on Kirk going he has to be coerced into attending himself. Meanwhile, Chekov’s younger cousin Nina Popov arrives to intern in sickbay and despite the age difference she and Sulu seem to hit it off. (He’s straight in the classic timeline.) At the party Kirk runs across an old friend who married a man from a isolationist world during a period when the world was run by a more open government. The man fought to reopen the boarders but she thinks someone killed him because of it. She wants Kirk to investigate, which he has an opening for given he left everything to him in his will…including his wife!
What they got right: We get some fun cameos from Saavik and Styles (although I’m not sure now if DC’s first series is considered canon in their second). We have a good setup for the next storyline. Nina looks like she’ll make an interesting addition to the cast. It’s also nice that Kirk can maintain a platonic relationship with an attractive woman given his reputation.
What they got wrong: Though of course she had to be interested in him at one point, while he was pursuing Carol. (I’m guessing she didn’t know David was Jim’s son as well despite knowing he died.) I don’t know if the penciler or the inker are to blame (I’ve been learning that a bad inker can ruin good pencils–see also The Transformers #10) but while the artwork itself is better than mine (they can draw crossed arms better than I can) the poses are just as stiff as mine and suffer the same “camera” angle issues I do. So at least I’m in good company. 🙂
Recommendation: A good start to the next story and an new addition to the crew. Worth looking into.