Star Trek 1332: Chasing Shadows

1332. Chasing Shadows

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Intelligence Gathering #3, IDW Comics, March 2008

CREATORS: Scott Tipton and David Tipton (writers), David Messina (artist)

STARDATE: 45937.2 (follows the last issue)

PLOT: The Enterprise-D stops at starbase to unload their Romulan prisoners and get repairs. Soon thereafter, the respond to a priority message from the USS Jackson, but when they get there, the ship is in no danger. Its captain blames his new engineer, Lt. Commander Carrl, who claims the warp core is building up a deadly "Mantleau wave". No one believes him, however. Geordi and O'Brien investigate and they too find the Mantleau wave. As the ship evacuates, they find the cause: a piece of technology that simulates engine trouble. By the time they go to Picard, they've also found the same device on the Enterprise. Someone at starbase sabotaged both ships so they would put in for more repairs, but to what end?

CONTINUITY: Both Barclay, O'Brien and Ro all appear. The USS Jackson has an Edosian helmsman (Arex's people).


PANEL OF THE DAY - Steeples are for thinking.
REVIEW: Something of a multi-part story is finally developing though it's hard to say if it'll tie into every chapter to date (it probably won't). Chasing Shadows doesn't quite play right, unfortunately. The way Carrl's scenes are drawn, it makes him look guilty of planting the alien tech himself, and while that certainly adds to the suspense, I'm not sure it was meant to imply that. O'Brien's role is problematic for other reasons. Geordi pulls him out of the transporter room to help in this investigation, and the Chief's characterization strongly implies that this little excursion may be why he eventually leaves the ship for DS9. This O'Brien has little to no ambition, and that doesn't mesh well with the veteran Starfleet man with a long and varied career. Had this been about Mr. Kyle or something, I might have bought it. Not O'Brien. And of course, it's just a quest for [TECH] and nothing is truly revealed, so there is that.



Blog Archive


5 Things to Like Activities Advice Alien Nation Aliens Say the Darndest Things Alpha Flight Amalgam Ambush Bug Animal Man anime Aquaman Archetypes Archie Heroes Arrowed Asterix Atom Avengers Awards Babylon 5 Batman Battle Shovel Battlestar Galactica Black Canary BnB 2-in1 Books Booster Gold Buffy Canada Captain America Captain Marvel Cat CCGs Charlton Circles of Hell Class Comics Comics Code Approved Conan Contest Cooking Crisis Daredevil Dating Kara Zor-El Dating Lois Lane Dating Lucy Lane Dating Princess Diana DCAU Deadman Dial H Dice Dinosaur Island Dinosaurs Director Profiles Doctor Who Doom Patrol Down the Rabbit Hole Dr. Strange Encyclopedia Fantastic Four Fashion Nightmares Fiasco Films Within Films Flash Flushpoint Foldees French Friday Night Fights Fun with Covers FW Team-Up Galleries Game design Gaming Geekly roundup Geeks Anonymous Geekwear Gimme That Star Trek Godzilla Golden Age Grant Morrison Great Match-Ups of Science Fiction Green Arrow Green Lantern Hawkman Hero Points Podcast Holidays House of Mystery Hulk Human Target Improv Inspiration Intersect Invasion Invasion Podcast Iron Man Jack Kirby Jimmy Olsen JLA JSA Judge Dredd K9 the Series Kirby Motivationals Krypto Kung Fu Learning to Fly Legion Letters pages Liveblog Lonely Hearts Podcast Lord of the Rings Machine Man Motivationals Man-Thing Marquee Masters of the Universe Memes Memorable Moments Metal Men Metamorpho Micronauts Millennium Mini-Comics Monday Morning Macking Movies Mr. Terrific Music Nelvana of the Northern Lights Nightmare Fuel Number Ones Obituaries oHOTmu OR NOT? Old52 One Panel Outsiders Panels from Sheena Paper Dolls Play Podcast Polls Questionable Fridays Radio Rants Reaganocomics Recollected Red Bee Red Tornado Reign Retro-Comics Reviews Rom RPGs Sandman Sapphire & Steel Sarah Jane Adventures Saturday Morning Cartoons SBG for Girls Seasons of DWAITAS Secret Origins Podcast Secret Wars SF Shut Up Star Boy Silver Age Siskoid as Editor Siskoid's Mailbox Space 1999 Spectre Spider-Man Spring Cleaning ST non-fiction ST novels: DS9 ST novels: S.C.E. ST novels: The Shat ST novels: TNG ST novels: TOS Star Trek Streaky Suicide Squad Supergirl Superman Supershill Swamp Thing Tales from Earth-Prime Team Horrible Teen Titans That Franchise I Never Talk About The Orville The Prisoner The Thing Then and Now Theory Thor Thursdays of Two Worlds Time Capsule Timeslip Tintin Torchwood Tourist Traps of the Forgotten Realms Toys Turnarounds TV V Waking Life Warehouse 13 Websites What If? Who's This? Whoniverse-B Wikileaked Wonder Woman X-Files X-Men Zero Hour Strikes Zine