Star Trek 981: A Wolf... in Cheap Clothing Part Two

981. A Wolf... in Cheap Clothing Part Two

PUBLICATION: Star Trek v.2 #70, DC Comics, April 1995

CREATORS: Howard Weinstein (writer), Rachel Ketchum and Arne Starr (artists)

STARDATE: 8688.8 (follows the last issue)

PLOT: Mysteries abound on Zanak Prime as the crew follows the trail of the man who bought an idol in the previous issue and has tried to make its path untraceable. His goal is to sell it to Klingon colonists who want to secede from the Klingon Empire, but persons unknown have intercepted it. And how does the stage magician Orana fit into it? Is she trying to get into Kirk's pants, or is she using her sleight of hand for more nefarious purposes? She disappears after a date (and it was going so well), and Kirk immediately gets hit on the back of the head...

CONTINUITY: None.

DIVERGENCES: None.

PANEL OF THE DAY - Klingon clapping can be dangerous.
REVIEW: The plot thickens to the point of seizing, but I'm happy to see Kirk use his male wiles. The comics are very stingy with Kirk's sexual escapades. I don't care if he's older now, I miss the original Space Lothario. There's a lot of running around after Maltese Falcons, but the characters were so well set up in the previous issue that it remains interesting and even witty. I do wonder why Kirk's cover isn't blown when Orana pulls out his Starfleet communicator as part of her act right in front of the Klingons though. Regardless, the star of the show for me is the art. Rachel Ketchum puts in so many background (and foreground) details, you can tell she's having fun creating this world. And we have fun with her.

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