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Star Trek: Leonard McCoy Frontier Doctor [Paperback]

John Byrne

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9 Nov 2010 Star Trek
Space, the final frontier... and on that frontier and beyond, humans and aliens alike need medical care. Enter Leonard McCoy, Doctor of Space Medicine, late of the U.S.S. Enterprise! Now delight at John Byrne's tale set in the period before Star Trek: The Motion Picture!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Short Trek stories 30 Dec 2010
By Trevor Burnham - Published on Amazon.com
The comic book format hasn't been kind to the Star Trek universe, and a series centering on Bones doesn't sound especially promising--his chemistry with Kirk (seen here only in correspondence) and Spock (not seen here at all) was the character's major draw on the show.

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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Byrne's done it again! 29 Nov 2010
By Frédéric Hermant - Published on Amazon.com
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As a long time Byrne victim and Star Trek fan, the master's output in Mr Roddenberry's universe (Star Trek: Crew or Star Trek: Assignment Earth among others) has not disappointed.
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.
As usual, Amazon does a terrific job at fulfilling overseas orders but do remember to choose "expedited shipping" for (almost) lightning-quick delivery!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very creative 4 April 2011
By Happy Dog - Published on Amazon.com
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Since there are ZERO Star Trek shows currently airing on TV (besides reruns), this was a very welcome fix that hit the spot. The stories were imaginative and I love how the characters are consistent with the old TV show. The only thing I found to be off is the color of McCoy's eyes. They are brown in this novel, but I believe they are Blue in the TV show. Small small nit pick... I would recommend this book to anyone.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a simple galactic doctor 16 Jan 2012
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
This graphic novel is set in the Star Trek timeframe after the adventures of the original series yet apparently before the encounter with V'ger in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." Kirk is an Admiral, Scotty is still a young man and Dr. McCoy has a full beard and a case of wanderlust. He is paired with another doctor and they fly from planet to planet in an old ship treating all kinds of unusual illnesses and conditions afflicting several different species.
Once an adventure is complete, McCoy writes old-fashioned hand-written letters on paper to Admiral Kirk describing his travels. References to the episodes of the original series are used in these stories; the adventures of Gary Seven and Christopher Pike are mentioned. Although, Kirk, Scotty and Nurse Chapel are the only other members of the original crew that are featured. McCoy is depicted as being cantankerous and old-fashioned, yet he is still a brilliant doctor, capable of diagnosing and solving problems using the most modern technical means.
To the Star Trek fan, any new adventure must be seen or read, and this graphic novel is no exception. It is an entertaining look at McCoy's life away from the Enterprise, where he became what he always claimed to be, "just a simple galactic doctor."
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stak Trek: Leonard McCoy Frontier Doctor 4 Dec 2010
By Frederick Jee - Published on Amazon.com
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Trekkies will enjoy the further adverntures of Dr McCoy and his wry look at the universe in this comic novel format. Stories are fun. Great buy for all Trekkies.
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