1203. The Cancer Within, Part I
PUBLICATION: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #3, Marvel Comics, January 1997
CREATORS: Mariano Nicieza (writer), Tom Grindberg and Al Milgrom (artists)
STARDATE: Unknown (follows the last issue)
PLOT: The Maquis have created a virus to use against the Cardassians, but it's gotten out of control. A fleeing shuttle reaches Deep Space 9 with all hands lost, infecting many who breathe the same air, including Major Kira. Maquis agents destroy the shuttle and any evidence aboard, damaging the station and occupying the crew's time, as they must fix the power supply so that sickbay has what it needs to keep the infected alive and in quarantine. On the Maquis base, Katherine Pulaski's daughter has called in her mom to help. As Pulaski learns the Maquis created the mutating virus, she finds her daughter infected and dying...
CONTINUITY: The Maquis and Katherine Pulaski appear, as does Bajoran engineer Rom.
DIVERGENCES: Not out of the realm of possibility, but there are a couple of divergences in the art, namely that the Maquis seem to be using a Starfleet shuttle and that the Badlands do not feature the usual CGI effects.
PANEL OF THE DAY - Pulaski's Sally Field moment
REVIEW: As opposed to the Cancer Without... Truth be told, this is a better issue than the previous two. We have a new chapter in the life of Kate Pukaski, a sequence that manages to make engineering look exciting, and a solid Maquis threat. The art is still on the rough side, and the coloring too dark, but Grindberg and Milgrom still manage some attractive close-ups of female characters. I'm not saying it's exceptional work, but it kept me interested.