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Star Trek: Leonard McCoy Frontier Doctor Paperback – November 9, 2010
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His latest, Leonard McCoy Frontier Doctor might be is finest yet. Taking place a few months before completion of the refit Enterprise, it features one of my favorite periods in Star Trek chronology: the grey and beige pajama period! I might be one of the few who don't object to this era's uniforms and Byrne seems to enjoy the period as well.
Presently "unemployed", McCoy sets out to operate in a "Doctors Without Borders"- type of program with the help of two assistants and a beat up ship. As usual, Mr Byrne manages to bring a fresh perspective to a time honored franchise as was done on many other occasions with the Fantastic FourFantastic Four Visionaries - John Byrne, Vol. 1, or Wonder Woman Wonder Woman: Lifelines, or Superman Superman: The Man of Steel, Vol. 1 of course.
McCoy's portrayal would do DeForrest Kelley proud. Even separated from his two couterparts from the Enterprise, Bones manages to convey grumpy warmth and relief to assorted alien worlds with their very particular medical issues.
But the best bit is certainly a highly spoileriffic appearance by two cornerstones of the Star Trek world, who may have been difficult to reunite in any other medium but comics and which at the same time constitutes a truly touching love letter to the Trek universe and the special people who have populated it along the years (sorry for being cryptic!) .
Oh, and Gary Seven and Roberta are in it too...
We have to thank IDW for bringing two legends together and letting Mr Byrne weave his own little universe and continuity seamlessly into the beloved franchise.
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Bones's characterization is very genuine, the grumpy-but-compassionate medical genius we all wanted as our family doctor shines true & pure in this GN collection.
The only flaw is that the narrative flow from one episode to another is a tad abrupt.
BTW--Gary Seven shows his face here.
Given those limitations, this is a surprisingly enjoyable (though light) collection, with plenty of true-to-the-Trek-spirit sci-fi goodness. There are weak spots, to be sure--I don't particularly care about Assignment Earth, the Roddenberry-planned Trek spinoff (adapted into a single episode of the original series), and some of the stories have jarringly abrupt endings. And I would've liked to see more familiar faces here (Scotty makes a cameo; Harry Mudd is referenced but, disappointingly, doesn't show up). Still, all in all, this is a pleasant addition to the Trek franchise.