Star Trek 904: ...Gone!

904. ...Gone!

PUBLICATION: Star Trek v.2 #9, DC Comics, June 1990

CREATORS: Peter David (writer), James W. Fry and Arne Starr (artists)

STARDATE: 8490.7 (follows the last issue)

PLOT: Kirk, Spock and Blaise are rescued from Sweeney, and the ship gets away from the trio of bounty hunter forces. Impressed that anyone could survive such an encounter, the colonists on the decaying planet agree to leave on the Enterprise. A disheartened Sweeney abandons his pursuit. And while "the old man of Starfleet", Admiral Nogura, slaps down Vice-Admiral Tomlinson, Kirk calls in to announce he'll be delivering himself to Earth, to stand before his accusers...

CONTINUITY: Admiral Nogura has also appeared in a number of Star Trek novels since The Lost Years, as well the the Motion Picture novelization. Klaa, Vixis, the Federation president and the Klingon ambassador continue to appear. The USS Exeter first appeared in The Omega Glory.

DIVERGENCES: None.

PANEL OF THE DAY - Still got it!
REVIEW: Well, while there's a scene where Sweeney appears to be a robot as another Sweeney walks in, it doesn't tell us much about Sweeney himself. Are they all mechanical? So no revelations, and the character fades into obscurity. Meh. There's a lot of action in this one, but hardly anything I'd call inspired. The ship battles look like messy collages, and the more personal stuff is just ok. The character moments are better, still David's strength, with Kirk misreading Blaise (is she falling for him after all?) as Uhura rolls her eyes, and an interesting conversation between Nogura and Tomlinson. The Trial of James T. Kirk is next, and perfectly in keeping with his character. Rather than see people endangered by the price on his head, he's willing to hand himself over to the Klingons and Nasgul. Of course, I expect these guys to be their own undoing.

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