Star Trek 1109: In Memory Yet Green...

1109. In Memory Yet Green...

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Modala Imperative #1, DC Comics, September 1991

CREATORS: Peter David (writer), Pablo Marcos (artist)

STARDATE: 44375.7 (between The Loss and Data's Day)

PLOT: 100 years after the Modalan revolution, it's ready to join the Federation. The Enterprise-D is sent to participate in the celebrations, bringing Admiral McCoy as a special guest. On Modala, things aren't going all that well for the still living leader of the rebellion, now planetary ruler, as urest rules the streets. Perhaps it's got something to do with the Ferengi foothold the old faction let onto the planet. As McCoy settles down with a bourbon, a second unexpected guest boards the Enterprise - Spock!

CONTINUITY: The mini-series is of course a sequel to the previous one. Admiral McCoy was shown to be still alive in the TNG era in Encounter at Farpoint.

DIVERGENCES: An unaligned "freighter" is drawn just like a Starfleet shuttle. Ambassador Spock appears here a good year before his TNG introduction in Unification (and he hasn't grown quite as gray yet).

PANEL OF THE DAY - Walking in on an awkward moment.
REVIEW: Peter David brings his sense of humor to the Modala story and to the Next Generation as well (he's done plenty of novels, but these are his first TNG comics). He doesn't waste time revealing the Ferengi as the power behind arming the fascists on Modala a century ago, and then gets down to making McCoy tease the heck out of everyone in the cast. It means not much happens, but you don't care. His McCoy is witty and fun, a real hoot! I can't wait to see his version of the Spock-McCoy relationship, 70 years on since the movies.

2 comments:

De said...

Bob Greenberger mentioned once that he had wanted to have another TOS character besides McCoy in the story. Bob thought he was safe in suggesting folks like Chekov or Sulu, but Richard Arnold immediately said no. Out of frustration, Bob asked who they could use and Arnold surprisingly said Spock.

F. Douglas Wall said...

"In Memory Yet Green" was the title of the first volume of Isaac Asimov's autobiography. The Second volume was "In Joy Still Felt".

 

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