1118. The Lion and the Lamb
PUBLICATION: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shadowheart #1, DC Comics, December 1994
CREATORS: Michael Jan Friedman (writer), Steve Erwin and Charles Barnett III (artists)
STARDATE: 46479.3 (between Aquiel and Face of the Enemy)
PLOT: Though believed dead, Worf's foster brother Nikolai Rozhenko has taken on the identity of the legendary Shadowheart and is fighting with Nothrani rebels against the Klingon governorship. Worf, Riker and Kurn are tasked with stopping him before his actions destroy the alliance between the Empire and the Federation.
CONTINUITY: Nikolai Rozhenko appeared in Homeward (in the future from the story), but was mentioned as early as Heart of Glory. Attending his "funeral" are his parents (Family) and Alexander. Jenna D'Sora (In Theory) is part of Worf's security team. Admiral Quinn (Conspiracy) gives the Enterprise its mission. Gowron appears. Kurn (last seen in Redemption) does not, but is assigned to the mission.
DIVERGENCES: None (as yet).
PANEL OF THE DAY - Channelling Dr. Seuss?
REVIEW: Shadowheart quickly shapes up to be a promising Klingon story. We get to see plenty of Klingon action, including new specialist uniforms and equipment, all very well drawn by Erwin and Barnett. It also acts as a prequel to Homeward, and thus as a strong Worf story. And the trio of Worf-Riker-Kurn (the three recurring Klingon heroes, Riker by virtue of A Matter of Honor) should work well together (as well as Worf, Dax and Kor? we'll see). I'm actually excited about this one.