Star Trek 1204: The Cancer Within, Part II

1204. The Cancer Within, Part II

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #4, Marvel Comics, February 1997

CREATORS: Mariano Nicieza (writer), Tom Grindberg and Al Milgrom (artists)

STARDATE: Unknown (follows the last issue)

PLOT: With Jake and Kira among the ill, Bashir, Worf, O'Brien and Dax follow Pulaski's distress signal to the Maquis base. There, they hope to find a cure for the already mutating genetically engineered Maquis virus, while the Defiant is ordered to attack the base. Pulaski finds the cure and saves her daughter along with the other Maquis. The formula is transmitted to DS9 where everyone there is saved as well. Pulaski and her daughter are to stand trial, though there's little chance the former will be found guilty of consorting with the Maquis. Underground on Bajor, the Shadow Group, which seems to be composed of Bajorans and Cardassians conspires...

CONTINUITY: See previous issue (Maquis, Pulaski). Admiral Nechayev appears.

DIVERGENCES: See previous issue (Badlands).

PANEL OF THE DAY - Defiant versus Maquis raider. Make your bets.
REVIEW: Oh my God, talky! No, really, this reads like a Silver Age comic, with exposition aplenty, overly dramatic exclamations, and a footnote every other page. Rather old-fashioned. It also seems to start a few pages later than the previous issue ended, as if a couple things were lost in the shuffle. Maybe it keys off information given in issue 3, but certainly doesn't pick up from its cliffhanger. A reasonable issue otherwise, with some of the life saving occurring behind the scenes and Nechayev pushing Sisko around like he was still a Commander. Notable for the crew punching sick people and calling it "not a fair fight". I was frankly more interested in this Shadow Group thing, and that's just one page.

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