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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...

Title : Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor
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ISBN : 9781600107481
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 104 Pages
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Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor Reviews

  • Brad
    2019-05-23 17:07

    Bloody fantastic! What a great surprise. I bought this during a holiday bookstore visit. I saw "Star Trek" -- I saw Leonard McCoy -- I saw John Byrne -- and I thought, "I must have this." My whim needed to be fulfilled, so I fulfilled my whim. I didn't expect much, though. I figured I'd be disappointed, but that would have been okay because the only reason I bought it was nostalgia. I could cope if it sucked. I mostly wanted to revisit John Byrne's art, and see what he could do with my favourite Star Trek character. I was wrong to have low expectations (mostly because of myself, though. I imagine the power of my personal nostalgia is a large part of this book's success with me).Leonard McCoy Frontier Doctor takes place just before Star Trek The Motion Picture, and Bones McCoy is busy gallivanting around the Federation in pseudo-retirement, curing diseases, saving folks of myriad races, getting in adventures, reflecting on his career, repairing timelines, writing letters to Jim, and visiting old friends. Those old friends were my favourite part. I expected to see Kirk (who was there) and Spock (who was not, which was a surprisingly nice ommission) and maybe even Scotty (who had his obligatory drink with Bones), but it was the unexpected cameos that gave me the greatest joy. I turned a page, for instance, and out of the corner of my eye, in a future panel, I saw a guy who looked familar, "Kooky," I thought, "That looks like Gary Seven." A page and a half later I found out it was Gary Seven. And Roberta was with him. Then the Admiral of the USS Yorktown looked like Majel Barrett, and it turned out it was her -- she was the former first officer of the Enterprise under Captain Pike. And on the same ship, who should be the Chief Medical Officer? Doctor Chapel, of course, looking like Majel Barrett with a different hair cut. Silly, I suppose, but it sure worked for me.The stories themselves were light and fun and beautifully illustrated. The colour palette was perfectly Star Trek. Bones's beard was positively regal, and even the new characters, like Dr. Duncan and his hot Andorian lover, Theela, were a welcome addition. I just wish Byrne had done more. Five issues in one graphic novel isn't nearly enough.

  • Lily S
    2019-05-16 23:59

    What a charming interlude about our favorite space doctor. And his facial hair! :D All of the stories could have been full episodes or even novellas, but they were a fun exploration into what Bones might have done between missions.

  • Simon Ford
    2019-06-13 20:12

    Five Stars, and why not.Leonard McCoys adventures from the end of his first time with Kirk until he's dragged back to Starfleet for the refitted Enterprise's shakedown/mission involving V'Ger.Nice stories that are well written and a pleasure to read too.

  • Jean-Pierre Vidrine
    2019-06-01 15:51

    These are the kinds of stories I love from Star Trek. Weird speculation and boundless possibility the common traits of these episodes. Them being told from the perspective of Dr. McCoy during a wide open time in Star Trek's future history just makes them all the more interesting. The one-page doctor jokes at the end of the collection are amusing.

  • Alan
    2019-05-30 19:13

    In some ways I feel guilty for reading a Trek TPB, but over the past year this is the third TPB I have read written by John Byrne (a bit of a polarizing figure for his 'net comments), and frankly he is doing good science fiction. Yes, he is using the TOS characters and settings to do so. The McCoy stories take place between the end of the television series and the first movie. Bynre may keep the science to a minimum, but the the questions of ethics and morality are part of the story telling; one planetary leader makes a decision that will eventually doom his race, another race is experimenting with clones as if they are toys, a man finds a way to alter past events). Good solid scifi art accompanies the stories, and with Larry Niven's permission a Pierson's Puppeteer makes a cameo appearance on one of the bonus art pages. With so little scifi in comics today, think about giving this collection a chance.

  • The_Mad_Swede
    2019-05-27 21:13

    This fourth volume of Star Trek by John Byrne collects issues #1–4 of Leonard McCoy Frontier Doctor.The series, set after the original series, and constructed as a number of missives from the good doctor to his friend admiral Kirk, offers some delightful stories during the former's stint on the Federation's Frontier Medics Program. There are also nice and subtle little tie-ins with both Assignment: Earth and Crew. Most importantly, however, Byrne truly captures Bones' character well, both visually and in the writing.As an added bonus, I read this while watching the first season of the original series (which previous Byrne volumes had prompted me to finally pick up, having been more of later Trek follower before that), and it certainly did not dull the flavour of either.

  • Mikael Kuoppala
    2019-06-09 23:56

    Back in 1979 "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" showed all the characters from the original Star Trek TV-series returning to active duty. The era between the TV-stories and the first movie was left untouched until an uneven novel series "The Lost Years" gave us stories from those intervening years. Now John Byrne expands on that concept, giving us a collection of interconnected stories about Doctor Leonard McCoy.Free from Starfleet, McCoy tours the most exotic areas of the galaxy, bringing help to those who rarely get reached by any. There is a strong political tone to the thing, but it also works magnificently well as character exploration. And when you add innovative storylines, a clever overall plot and storytelling with emotional resonance, you get yourself a perfect Trek saga about our beloved country doctor in space.

  • David Palazzolo
    2019-06-06 16:53

    Takes place between the end of the original series and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Lovingly crafted by John Byrne, this installment of what I like to call Star Trek: The Byrne-iverse not only has ties to all other of Byrne's Trek stories (Romulans, Crew and Assignment: Earth), but tiny ties to the expanded Trek continuity as well. SEE Admiral Kirk use experimental holo-technology to approve designs for the USS Enterprise refit, WATCH as a helpful Lieutenant floats over to Kirk using gravity boots to give him other updates, NOTE all the references to original series episodes! Then SHED A TEAR when our good Doctor's companions fall in love and leave him and ALSO NOTE that a young Andorian woman with anger management issues named Theela bears a resemblance to another Doctor's companion named Leela!Good stuff--worth a try.

  • Terrence Miltner
    2019-06-07 21:07

    This is exactly the book I expected it to be. And that is high praise considering it was a story about one of my favorite characters, Dr. Leonard McCoy, roaming the universe and solving problems written and drawn by John Byrne whose work in the '80s had a formative effect on me. My high expectations were met on both the story and the art fronts. If you are a fan of either John Byrne or Leonard McCoy, you will probably enjoy these tales. If, like me, you are a fan of both. You will most certainly enjoy this book.

  • Michael
    2019-06-11 18:18

    Not much action to the proceedings, but Byrne presents a strongly plot-centric narrative that recalls James White's Medical Sf work but the background supporting character romance lacks chemistry and detracts from the second and third stories (much as it did in Byrne's Gary 7 mini-series). He gets the Doc dead-on and you can effortlessly "hear" the actor's voice speaking his dialogue i your mind's "ear"...

  • Bill
    2019-06-12 16:52

    John Byrne really nails it. Solid Star Trek and solid science fiction. A complete medical mystery story in every issue. It's like Quincy (or House for you younger sprats) in space. If you like Star Trek and crusty Dr. McCoy, no bones about it, you'll enjoy this book. (I told myself not to do the pun, but I never listen.)

  • Matt Piechocinski
    2019-06-09 19:02

    Fun. Byrne has a really good handle on the Star Trek mythos. I know it's nitpicking, and violating sci-fi suspension of disbelief, but I thought Bones came up with solutions to ailments a little too easy. But other than that, it's really pretty good.

  • John Yelverton
    2019-05-17 00:03

    A wonderful collection of stories about what happened to Dr. McCoy after the five year voyage but before the V'Ger incident.

  • Faith
    2019-06-15 15:58

    Can't beat McCoy being himself, but this collection of short comic books is just mediocre. Fun, but nothing special.

  • Pablo
    2019-05-17 17:50

    Para fans de star trek tos

  • Andrew
    2019-05-22 20:08

    This is a short, fun collection of stories. McCoy's character is spot on.

  • j.
    2019-05-16 18:54

    I'm not much into comics, but I was fairly surprised about how much I actually enjoyed this format. The stories were fun. Nothing totally amazing, but fun. :)

  • Julie
    2019-05-23 20:20

    What a fun read! I am so glad they have Given Bones some time for his own stories. The beard did kind of throw me off in the beginning, but I got used to it.

  • Monty
    2019-06-11 16:13

    Four stories about McCoy's adventures between the original series and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Not exactly what I'd call a "must read," but certainly an entertaining curiosity. Fun.