Seems, IDW wants me to put in some OT this month. We just had Lost Apollo’s debut a couple of weeks ago, and yesterday (thanks to Joe Corroney’s FB post), I see the conclusion was released! Plus, IDW is set to release ‘City on the Edge of Forever’ on June 25. (Update: JK just informed me that it releases on the 18th…) As you know, I’ve been waiting for this retelling of Harlan Ellison’s originally-envisioned ‘classic’ for months! Yes, Scott and David Tipton are the writer’s on this new graphic novel, but Scott assures me that Harlan’s hands are all over this puppy; as are JK Woodward’s, who is doing the sure-to-be phenomenal artwork. But, right now, everybody buckle-up, ’cause we’re headin’ back out to Henrichs V…
I believe, if I remember correctly, in my last review, I asked, “Where in the hell is Bones, guys?!” (The gruff doctor wasn’t even mentioned in issue 33!) Well, don’t fret, friends, he makes the cover for this, a very thought-provoking conclusion. (I have to be honest, the likeness of Dr. McCoy is just a bit off, for me; but that is not the case inside of these pages, as the doctor is remarkably spot-on, throughout.) Despite that, you can see by this great cover, that Bones is going to be a major-player in this-end of the story. You gotta admit, there’s some excellent medical detail here, and that shot of the Enterprise is awesome.
When we left off, an alien creature was holding the unconscious bodies of Captain Kirk and Carol Marcus in it’s enormous, talon-clawed paws, and it was none-to-happy with the appearance of Spock’s landing party in it’s front yard. But, first, let’s go back to Cocoa Beach, Florida, 1972, where our astronaut Steve Cory is tucking-in his daughter (for the last time); he’s telling her about his launch, as she gives him a drawing to take with him on his trip… (You know, I still have several drawings that my daughter Erica drew, for me, when she was a wee lass; she’ll be 20, in just a few-short hours. Happy Birthday, Erica! I LOVE YOU!) Now, I mentioned this in my review of #33, but there’s a panel here, showing a smiling Steve, and I want you to imagine another astronaut from Cocoa Beach; one who found a genie in a bottle… I can’t say, one-way, or another, if it is, or – isnt, but, damn…RIP LH/MTN…
On Henrichs V, First Officer Spock and the landing party are firing phasers on the beast, with no success in stunning it. The creature does release Kirk and Marcus, however, then it flees the scene, leaving the crew to take-stock and do triage. Kirk jokes that he told Spock this planet would be interesting… (That’s an understatement. LOL! They were just about ripped to pieces!) With everyone accounted for and, alive, they beam back up to the ship, where they go over their findings.
Kirk is in sickbay, fidgeting and anxious to get to the briefing, while Bones tries to patch him up. Spock saves him the doctor’s nagging, calling him to join them. He invites Bones to join him, where they learn that Carol Marcus has made a rather remarkable finding: the beast is a 99% match to a human. Arguments are bandied-about over their findings: the creature’s close match to the human genome, archaic Earth tech, a child’s drawing of an old-school NASA astronaut, life on the planet evolving before their eyes… Well, Kirk decides to return to the planet to acquire more data, and – to play a hunch.
Back planetside, Kirk lures the alien back out into view, against the arguments of Spock. Once the creature returns, an unarmed Kirk calms him by showing the drawing they found. He orders the creature beamed-up, under confinement in a cargo crate. Scotty is his usual witty self, but he’s concerned that the unit won’t hold what’s trying to bust out. Kirk is calm and patient, though; he’s still playing to his gut about the creature inside. Sure enough, the creature begins to tire and it ceases it’s attempt to break out. Spock begins scanning and learns that the creature is changing… It’s Steve.
Everyone is pretty overwhelmed by the creature’s transformation, even Spock is impressed; but Kirk argues that all of the clues were there, that he was fairly-certain of what would happen. Awake, and lost to time, 300 years in the future, Steve begins to tell Captain Kirk about his failed Apollo X trip, about it’s secret development on the moon, how he came to land on the planet, how he begins to forget who he is. (You’re really feeling for this guy, ya know. He’s lost everything dear to him, only to be thrust into a world of wonder and amazing technology aboard Enterprise. It would be like bringing Benjamin Franklin, to today.) But, it’s all cut-short; Steve begins experiencing severe pain and collapses.
As Steve lays dying in sickbay, as a result of his body’s de-evolution and tumors spreading at an accelerated rate, Kirk, Spock and Bones debate what to do with him. Spock proposes sending Steve back to Henrichs V, but, Kirk thinks it’s insane, as they barely got him out of there. Swayed by the Vulcan’s logic, however, Kirk and Dr. McCoy beam Captain Steve Cory back to the planet, in the hopes that he can continue to live in the planet’s unique environment. And, he does live; he changes back before their eyes, into the creature he was. Bones laments that it wasn’t right to leave him to that life, yet, once-again, Spock reminds McCoy that to do otherwise would’ve forsaken his oath, and broken the most fundamental tenet of his profession: do no harm. With a medical ship dispatched to monitor Steve’s condition and study Henrich V, the crew begin preparing to warp-out for new adventures of exploration, leaving a creature below, remembering a child’s drawing…
This was one-helluva story. Was Bones right? Was it right to leave Steve on that planet; an animal, for all intents and purposes? Or, do we accept the risk of ‘sitting in that chair,’ even if it means becoming an alien life-form on a far-away planet; living a life of solitude and living in the wild, having sacrificed everything he held dear? To us, a child grows up without her father, a society goes forward thinking a man is lost and his mission a failure, no scientific data to learn from the experience; and – yet, we continued on. The human race kept moving ahead, in-spite of the loss and seeming setback. Our thirst for knowledge and exploring the unknown doesn’t diminish with these losses and sacrifices; it thrives on them! We keep boldly going… This is Star Trek in all it’s marvel and glory, challenging our minds, while debating issues that are relevant to our lives in real-time.
IDW has hit one homerun after another these last few months: Parallel Lives, I, Enterprise and, now – Lost Apollo. We’ve not even seen City on the Edge of Forever, yet, and I’m already hearing very good things about the upcoming Q story in #35! I’ve got to hand it to Mike Johnson, Sarah Gaydos, Joe Corroney and the rest of this awesome team; you’ve impressed the hell right out of me! Man! This was well-done, folks! Thank you, Ted Adams for letting these talented people continue to explore Star Trek comics!
There’s good news coming from Michael Clark and Bunny Summers at VisionaryTrek.com, too. I’m not going to spoil their surprise, as they have worked very hard for the accolades and prestige to which I speak, but I want to congratulate them on their success. Listen to them on The Holodeck podcast to learn more, and follow us on FB and Twitter, as well.
I’ve received some good news, myself; I’ve been added as a member of Free Comic Book Day’s press and I’m awaiting news on how I can contribute to this year’s Halloween Comic Fest. I’m excited! Plus, I’ve got Salt Lake Comic Con coming up in Sept. Maybe, I’ll get the opportunity to meet-up with Joe Corroney, again, eh..?
‘Til then, I’ll see ya, ‘out there…’
Lt. Eric Cone
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