843. Wolf at the Door
PUBLICATION: Star Trek #23, DC Comics, February 1986
CREATORS: Tony Isabella (writer), Tom Sutton and Ricardo Villagran (artists)
STARDATE: 8878.4 (follows the last issue)
PLOT: Kirk's landing party barely makes it off Enoch IV alive (with Chekov in critical condition) and Redjac follows them to attack the ship. Excelsior eventually creates a wormhole and traps Redjac inside it.
CONTINUITY: Redjac (Wolf in the Fold). McCoy uses Fabrini drugs to put Chekov in suspended animation (For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky). The ship creates a wormhole using the accident in The Motion Picture. Kirk mentions his command of the USS Saladin (Star Trek Annual #1, which I haven't yet discussed in these reviews).
PANEL OF THE DAY - This startled even me.
REVIEW: A rather exciting second part that uses Trek continuity nimbly to both put an end to Redjac and leave things open for his return. There's a beautiful panel of an anguished Nancy Bryce standing over the corpses of the crewmen she slew while possessed, though this action piece has fewer interesting transitions than part 1. I'd have liked Isabella to write a longer run after this two-parter. He's really good and brought out the best in the Sutton-Villagran team. Sure, the Redjac monster sometimes looks like a cardboard Halloween mask, but also manages to be effective in a few places.