Star Trek 1035: The Rift!

1035. The Rift!

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: The Next Generation #30, DC Comics, April 1992

CREATORS: Michael Jan Friedman (writer), Carlos Garzon and Pablo Marcos (artists)

STARDATE: 45482.6 (between The Masterpiece Society and Conundrum)

PLOT: The Enterprise rushes to save a space station about to be eaten by a rift in space. Riker beams aboard to help with the evacuation and ends up being the only one left behind when the station disappears. Within, he meets the intangible phantoms of people who fell into the rift before him and they're convinced it's impossible to escape...

CONTINUITY: Okona (The Outrageous Okona) still hasn't been reunited with his ship. At least the likeness is better.

DIVERGENCES: The Rift (without the punctuation) is also the title of a TOS novel.

PANEL OF THE DAY - Never let them see you sweat!
REVIEW: Riker in the Phantom Zone, basically. This is just a set-up for the next issue, but a pretty ok one. Garzon uses angles and panel shapes to make the interior of the rift distinctive, even if I'm not a fan of his figure work, and the stakes for Riker are high enough to bring the reader back the following month. Still, there's awful lot of "beaming action" in this one.

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