“I know the elevator music is bad, but it’s only one more floor up!”

Star Trek #67

DC Comics (January, 1995)

“Rivals” part 2

WRITER: Howard Weinstein

PENCILER: Thomas Derenick

INKER: Arne Starr

COLORIST: David Grafe

LETTERER: Bob Pinaha

EDITOR: Margaret Clark

From what I can tell, last issue the crew learned Stonn and T’Pring separated after having a daughter, T’ariss. Stonn remarried to a woman named Sepora and she and T’ariss do not get along, both secretly accusing the other of poisoning the sick Stonn. Also Kirk did or said something last issue that caused the religious Nara’Gi leaders to turn down the treaty they had with the Federation two issues ago. T’ariss breaks her friend Dalen out of prison and the two plot to go to his planet, which is suffering racial tension with the Nara. As Kirk and Stonn go to the reverend in hopes of restoring the treaty Stonn collapses again and is beamed to the ship for a full exam. Neither of them are responsible for Stonn’s condition, but if McCoy doesn’t find a cure he’s going to die.

What they got right: T’ariss is an interesting character and I feel for her backstory as her father is emotionless even for a Vulcan while T’Pring abandoned them for whatever reason. (It also sounds like she died later on.) She and Dalen might make a good one-shot story at some point. I don’t think they could pull a full series and could use some other characters on their team but they have potential. Or add them to the crew. Konom, Nancy, and Bearclaw’s absence from the second DC run is disappointing. Also nobody is trying to kill Stonn (or at least not the new wife and old daughter) so there’s a good thing.

What they got wrong: I can’t really think of anything.

Recommendation: I wish I had the two issues surrounding it but the story part here seems pretty good. It might be worth checking out.

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