841. Wolf on the Prowl
PUBLICATION: Star Trek #22, DC Comics, January 1986
CREATORS: Tony Isabella (writer), Tom Sutton and Ricardo Villagran (artists)
STARDATE: 8878.1 (follows the last issue)
PLOT: The Excelsior is lured to the planet Enoch, where an evil god is worshiped... Redjac! But Redjac has already started killing officers aboard the ship, leaving taunts on the walls, written in blood. After Konom is severely injured (though likely the vessel for a couple murders), he is in Sickbay to witness Redjac's murder of the medical staff. Kirk beams down to Enoch with a landing party that includes Redjac's newest vessel, Nancy Bryce...
CONTINUITY: Redjac is from Wolf in the Fold (a story retold in flashback).
DIVERGENCES: Saavik calls Uhura "Uhuru", a classic mistake that rears its head again.
PANEL OF THE DAY - Redjac? Or how Scotty REALLY feels?
REVIEW: Tony "Black Lightning" Isabella brings real grit and cinematic pacing to his Star Trek story arc by juxtaposing horrific scenes of violent murder with talking scenes between characters. This cross-cutting amps the suspense and gives meaning to the deaths of crew members we know nothing about. Throw in an old and well-remembered enemy, Kirk actually affected by redshirts' deaths, and good use of the Konom-Bryce romance and Konom-Bearclaw rivalry, and you've got a pretty solid comic book. I also like how Isabella makes Redjac move around subtly, without explanation. If a character acts strangely here, or has an odd thought there (as in the above panel), it might be Redjac! Creepy.