Star Trek 1058: The Armies of the Night

1058. The Armies of the Night

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: The Next Generation #49, DC Comics, August 1993

CREATORS: Michael Jan Friedman (writer), Peter Krause, Pablo Marcos (artists)

STARDATE: Unknown (follows the last issue)

PLOT: The mission to retrieve Locutus from his Cube is a failure, but Data detects his presence at Starfleet HQ on a 90%-assimilated Earth. Picard, Data, 2 Rikers and 2 Worfs (Worves?) beam down to take out the base's forcefield and kidnap Locutus there, while Shelby causes a distraction with our universe's Enterprise (though she clearly has plans of her own and has no respect for Alt-Riker). As they near success, Worf is shot and killed. But which one..?

CONTINUITY: See previous issues. Locutus finally puts in an appearance.

DIVERGENCES: Alt-Riker doesn't know Guinan, even though 1) she joined the ship before the events of The Best of Both Worlds, and 2) he specifically mentioned her among the dead two issues ago.

PANEL OF THE DAY - That cardboard cutout didn't stand a chance.
REVIEW: This issue keeps the excitement going, though there's really no suspense in finding out which Worf was killed on the cover and cliffhanger. I mean, really. Though Alt-Worf's honor quandry makes for good drama, the best addition this issue is the in-fighting between the alt-characters. Shelby still finds her Riker gutless and expects his mission to fail, so she's got a plan up her sleeve, while Alt-O'Brien's loyalties seem to be on Riker's side. Everything's set up for the big, double-sized finale of issue 50.

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