943. Collision Course
PUBLICATION: Star Trek v.2 #39, DC Comics, November 1992
CREATORS: Howard Weinstein (writer), Rod Whigham and Arne Starr (artists)
STARDATE: 8604.3 (follows the last issue)
PLOT: McCoy and Wilson save the Maroan leader's life, so the colonists tell them they can't heal anyone anymore. Meanwhile, the Excelsior routes Maroan raiders taking advantage of a Tabukan sabotaging one of their facilities' shields. The Enterprise arrives to rescue McCoy, which it does after destroying part of the Maroan satellite network preventing anyone on the planet from beaming. Maroan ships in the area soon surrender (as do the colonists when Kirk comes in and tells them to accept Dr. Wilson's help). Back in Tabukan space, facilities explode as the Excelsior watches and does nothing...
CONTINUITY: As the previous issue.
DIVERGENCES: As the previous issue.
PANEL OF THE DAY - Worst case scenario of the day: Somebody broke the tv.
REVIEW: This is the second time the McCoy thread has ended in a cliffhanger, and when the next issue's come around, nothing happens. Come on, now. And how many times can Excelsior route the Maroans before we can just laugh them off as not much of a threat? The fight between the Enterprise and the Maroans is equally devoid of suspense, unless you count my wondering when Saavik will actually do something to show she's been included for a reason. The only interesting bit is pretty much the last page that features some kind of clever plan on Sulu's part, but we don't yet know what it is. But I've learned not to trust these cliffhangers.