Star Trek 857: Stand-Off!

857. Stand-Off!

PUBLICATION: Star Trek #35, DC Comics, February 1987

CREATORS: Len Wein (writer), Gray Morrow (artist)

STARDATE: 8907.5 (follows the last issue)

PLOT: Having run into a squadron of Romulan ships while chasing after an Andorian plague carrier, Kirk and Excelsior maneuver diplomatically. Eventually, one of the Romulan ships goes berzerk with plague, though its commander manages to disintegrate the Andorian. The squadron commander agrees to let Kirk help and their ships race after the infected one. Meanwhile, Starfleet sends someone to get Excelsior back and arrest Kirk...

CONTINUITY: Dr. M'Benga actually appears. So does the Klingon bird-of-prey in Excelsior's hold. The virus is attacking Spock's brain in a way that undoes the mindmeld he had with his Mirror self, in effect regressing him to his ST III/IV condition. Janice Rand is working at Starfleet Command (ST IV). It's suggested that Kirk's incursion across the Neutral Zone is why the crew is recalled to Earth to face charges after all. Captain Styles is asked to bring back Excelsior, he does so aboard the USS Saratoga (ST IV, with its same captain).

DIVERGENCES: The USS Saratoga is pictured as an Excelsior-class. It should be Miranda-class.

PANEL OF THE DAY - What's the best thing about this Romulan? The moustache or the helmet?
REVIEW: Gray Morrow's art is pretty great, and he's surprisingly effective at drawing spaceship battles. However, there's one strategy that doesn't quite come off. What's that bit with the bird-of-prey? Neither the art nor the writing make that clear. Seeing as it's what made the Romulans want to talk to Kirk rather than blow him out of the sky, I think it's a pretty important point. Can you understand it?
Beyond that, you can clearly see Star Trek IV coming, and it's fun to see Wein scrambled to get the pieces back in position for the movie. I must say he's doing a good job of it.


Anonymous said...

i thought the art work in this series was dreadful... the ships looks awful and you couldnt hardly tell who some of the characters were because a few of them looked so much alike (Kirk Bearclaw Sulu and sometimes McCoy)

Siskoid said...

In the series as a whole? Gray Morrow only did an issue here and there and he IS an acquired taste (in that he's a superlative illustrator, but I don't think it plays to kids - I certainly didn't like his work when these books original came out).


Blog Archive


5 Things to Like Activities Advice Alien Nation Aliens Say the Darndest Things Alpha Flight Amalgam Ambush Bug Animal Man anime Aquaman Archetypes Archie Heroes Arrowed Asterix Atom Avengers Awards Babylon 5 Batman Battle Shovel Battlestar Galactica Black Canary BnB 2-in1 Books Booster Gold Buffy Canada Captain America Captain Marvel Cat CCGs Charlton Circles of Hell Class Comics Comics Code Approved Conan Contest Cooking Crisis Daredevil Dating Kara Zor-El Dating Lois Lane Dating Lucy Lane Dating Princess Diana DCAU Deadman Dial H Dice Dinosaur Island Dinosaurs Director Profiles Doctor Who Doom Patrol Down the Rabbit Hole Dr. Strange Encyclopedia Fantastic Four Fashion Nightmares Fiasco Films Within Films Flash Flushpoint Foldees French Friday Night Fights Fun with Covers FW Team-Up Galleries Game design Gaming Geekly roundup Geeks Anonymous Geekwear Gimme That Star Trek Godzilla Golden Age Grant Morrison Great Match-Ups of Science Fiction Green Arrow Green Lantern Hawkman Hero Points Podcast Holidays House of Mystery Hulk Human Target Improv Inspiration Intersect Invasion Invasion Podcast Iron Man Jack Kirby Jimmy Olsen JLA JSA Judge Dredd K9 the Series Kirby Motivationals Krypto Kung Fu Learning to Fly Legion Letters pages Liveblog Lonely Hearts Podcast Lord of the Rings Machine Man Motivationals Man-Thing Marquee Masters of the Universe Memes Memorable Moments Metal Men Metamorpho Micronauts Millennium Mini-Comics Monday Morning Macking Movies Mr. Terrific Music Nelvana of the Northern Lights Nightmare Fuel Number Ones Obituaries oHOTmu OR NOT? Old52 One Panel Outsiders Panels from Sheena Paper Dolls Play Podcast Polls Questionable Fridays Radio Rants Reaganocomics Recollected Red Bee Red Tornado Reign Retro-Comics Reviews Rom RPGs Sandman Sapphire & Steel Sarah Jane Adventures Saturday Morning Cartoons SBG for Girls Seasons of DWAITAS Secret Origins Podcast Secret Wars SF Shut Up Star Boy Silver Age Siskoid as Editor Siskoid's Mailbox Space 1999 Spectre Spider-Man Spring Cleaning ST non-fiction ST novels: DS9 ST novels: S.C.E. ST novels: The Shat ST novels: TNG ST novels: TOS Star Trek Streaky Suicide Squad Supergirl Superman Supershill Swamp Thing Tales from Earth-Prime Team Horrible Teen Titans That Franchise I Never Talk About The Orville The Prisoner The Thing Then and Now Theory Thor Thursdays of Two Worlds Time Capsule Timeslip Tintin Torchwood Tourist Traps of the Forgotten Realms Toys Turnarounds TV V Waking Life Warehouse 13 Websites What If? Who's This? Whoniverse-B Wikileaked Wonder Woman X-Files X-Men Zero Hour Strikes Zine