Star Trek 1349: Too Many Presidents

1349. Too Many Presidents

PUBLICATION: Star Trek - Assignment: Earth #5, IDW Comics, September 2008

CREATORS: John Byrne (writer), John Byrne (artist)

STARDATE: Unknown (1972; a year after the last issue; closing piece in 1974)

PLOT: The Aegis team follow President Nixon to China where he is abducted by Communist agents and replaced by a lookalike spy. In the eventual rescue, the president goes after his double and as they struggle, one of them is shot. Unable to ascertain which is which, Gary Seven hypnotizes the remaining Nixon to make sure he doesn't remember he's a fake (if he is). Two years later, Nixon resigns. In a short second story entitled "Ah-Ha!", Roberta plays a prank on Isis.



PANEL OF THE DAY - Sometimes, Isis can't believe it.
REVIEW: Byrne jumps ahead one more year and uses 1972 as the basis for his story. He makers Nixon a lecherous, untrustworthy figure, but also a brave one. The 1974 epilogue makes it clear that Watergate was not the Soviet double's doing, if indeed the wrong Nixon was in the Oval Office (though the staging can be interpreted that way). Mildly pleasant, though lightweight. Something longer with more paranoia about the president's identity might have turned it into a hardier meal. As is, three pages are given over to an even more lightweight back-up which may or may not indicate that, 5 years in, Roberta suspects Isis is more than she appears. Though not the best thing I've ever read, I would like to see further adventures of the Aegis team, heading ever farther into the 70s, and there seem to be plans for it. Stay tuned.


De said...

Maybe it was the Soviet Nixon that headed up the Secret Empire...


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 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