Star Trek 1097: The Unconquered

1097. The Unconquered

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: The Next Generation #78, DC Comics, December 1995

CREATORS: Michael Jan Friedman (writer), Gordon Purcell and Terry Pallot (artists)

STARDATE: Unknown (follows the last issue)

PLOT: Data deduces that the two alien ships weren't working together, and Troi confirms it from the impressions she gets from the second ship. The ones that have the Hornet are the same who mutilated Enterprise crew members, and the second seem to be trying to bring them to justice. The Enterprise enters a subspace rift and allies with them, reaching the Hornet just as it gets boarded. In the scuffle, Captain Hagler is killed, but the bad aliens are captured. The two Starfleet ships return safely to our space.

CONTINUITY: See previous issue (USS Hornet, Hagler, Solanagen aliens, McRobb, Rager). The Solanagen aliens' language is as translator-proof as it was in Schisms.

DIVERGENCES: In the Solanagen universe, there's none of the distortion present in Schisms' scenes.

PANEL OF THE DAY - Frame of Mind?
REVIEW: Though the story is a simple one too often told in "flashes of insight" and doesn't give us a clue as to what the aliens really wanted, Friedman makes up for it with heart. McRobb's family is at stake and makes Geordi realize his own family can wait until he's out of the space business. The strongest moment, however, is Riker not telling Hagler she died for nothing (since the Solanagen allies actually stopped the baddies, not her). It's played in a way I might have imagined it on television. The aliens look great under Purcell's pencils, though I'm disappointed that the other universe looks just like ours, with none of Schisms' disorientation.

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