1111. Prior Claim
PUBLICATION: Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Modala Imperative #3, DC Comics, August 1991
CREATORS: Peter David (writer), Pablo Marcos (artist)
STARDATE: 44397.7 (follows the last issue)
PLOT: Riker and the Enterprise-D realize that the Ferengi attack on the freighter, though real, was just a decoy to get them away from Modala. The planet's dissidents attack the Ferengi and in the ensuing skirmish, Troi and McCoy are captured. Picard and Spock join the rebels and plan their rescue. Though they manage to get inside the government building via the sewers, the Ferengi are waiting for them with guns to the prisoners' heads...
CONTINUITY: See previous issues (Modala, McCoy). The Ferengi are aware of the events of Ménage à Troi.
DIVERGENCES: See previous issues (freighter-shuttle, Spock). The cargo the freighter is carrying is depended on by millions of people, yet the ship is just the size of a shuttle!
PANEL OF THE DAY - Ferengi sure know how to posture.
REVIEW: So now the plot kicks into high gear (not a bad way to structure the story, with all the character stuff up front, so that you never have a laxly plotted issue). Not that the plot is anything amazing, but it does the job. Dynamic art, feuding factions, sneaky Ferengi, and McCoy getting all the best lines. I don't think I approve of how rude Riker is being to the freighter crew, but then he's just been tricked into not getting "screentime" with the guest stars.