Star Trek 931: Veritas

931. Veritas

PUBLICATION: Star Trek v.2 #30, DC Comics, April 1992

CREATORS: Howard Weinstein (writer), Gordon Purcell and Al Vey (artists)

STARDATE: 8588.3 (follows the last issue)

PLOT: On a Quatrini space station, Sulu and Uhura witness the massacre of Quatrini agents at the hands of terrorists from the subservient world Beta, who may just be agents themselves if the sole survivor under McCoy's care is to be believed. The Quatrini security man needs Sulu and Uhura to go to the homeworld to testify, but has Kirk left them in the hands of villains..?

CONTINUITY: Sulu and Chekov have been under orders to follow Uhura around on her shopping trips ever since the tribbles fiasco (The Trouble with Tribbles).

DIVERGENCES: None.

PANEL OF THE DAY - Context: It's what makes things make sense.
REVIEW: This arc looks to be a last hurray for Sulu aboard the Enterprise, especially since ST VI was already out at the time. And this is a good thing. Not only do I like Sulu and Uhura a lot, Weinstein is better at writing for them (and Chekov) than the other, higher profile, characters. Of course, being a Weinstein script, the first chapter has to be weighed down with expositional tonnage. New aliens are introduced, and of course, there's a dissident faction, bla bla bla. I'm really glad Purcell is back on the art (covers even), though his Quartini are given an odd coloring job that doesn't quite work. Not his fault. A good start, especially the Sulu-Uhura scenes, but I snored through the Encyclopedia Galactica entry.

2 comments:

hiikeeba said...

I agree that Weinstein wrote the supporting characters very well. I wonder, though, how much of his "dissident factions" thing came as a result of the powers that be at the time. But, A lot of was about planets with dissident factions (Bread and Circuses, Omega Glory, Last Battlefield, Piece of the Action, A Private Little War, etc, etc). Weinstein seems to view the Trek characters as agents of change or progress, rather than as instigators of the action.

hiikeeba said...

Oops.

"A lot of TOS was about planets with dissident factions."

Sorry.

 

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