This is a really good strip Mark. You hit the emotions on their faces just right. I love the dialogue in the first panel, and this whole story actually. It’s so wonderful to see someone trying to deal with PTSD not only from Vu’s perspective but also with Lar.
I think Guzman was right to bring them back there to help Vu deal with his fears since medication and therapy just weren’t working. But, it’s because of Lar’s calm, constant, unwavering love and support for Vu that he’s finally able to get out of his own head and make that breakthrough he hasn’t been able to otherwise. It’s like a lightbulb went off for Vu and you can see the joy on Lar’s face in the second panel. Seeing someone you love come back from the dark – there’s just no words. The look of peace and resolve on their faces say so much in the third.
So many people suffer from PTSD, I just think it’s awesome that we’re seeing a story of how a Red Shirt deals with his trauma. It makes the Trek Universe so much more real and alive – all while staying as close to the ethos of Trek as possible.
Also, I think Cpt. Guzman is smarter than others give her credit for (in her own bullheaded fashion). She’s a great counterpoint to Cpt. Barrett (which your characterization of Mrs. Roddenberry’s No. One was spot on, by the way).
Bravo, Mark! I can’t wait to see the rest of the story.
The concept for this story is all Ryan. While I helped rearrange the plot and helped with the dialogue, these are mostly his characters and words. Guzman is the only thing that’s solely mine. And, you’re right, she’s not as bad as people make her out to be. She loves Vu in her own way, otherwise she wouldn’t be on the station with him.
In that case, please pass along my highest compliments to Ryan. And then tell him to GET ON THAT NEXT SCRIPT! lol 😉
…and you are too modest of your art, kind sir. Highest compliments to you as well.
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