Star Trek 1120: My Brother's Keeper

1120. My Brother's Keeper

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shadowheart #3, DC Comics, February 1995

CREATORS: Michael Jan Friedman (writer), Steve Erwin and Charles Barnett III (artists)

STARDATE: Unknown (follows the last issue)

PLOT: The plot thickens. Gowron has been supplying Northa's rebels with weapons to keep a known Duras sympathizer busy, but now needs the "Shadowheart" to be discredited lest the Empire fall to more fundamentalist ways. On Nothra, Worf, Riker and Kurn escape the ants and follow the river, where more dangers await - river dragons, storms - even as they are being followed by a Klingon death squad. The rebels attack and carry the trio off...

CONTINUITY: See previous issues (Gowron, the Rozhenkos, Kurn). Young Worf used to play soccer (Let He Who Is Without Sin).

DIVERGENCES: The same title is used for a series of TOS novels.

PANEL OF THE DAY - Worf, also a skater
REVIEW: As Worf goes deeper and deeper into the jungle, his flashbacks to Nikolai go further and further back in time. I was going to applaud Friedman for invoking Conrad's Heart of Darkness, but then he hits it a little too squarely on the nose by having Riker say that title. Ah well, still a strong central structure. Worf's relationship to both his brothers is well explored even though the various dangers are more or less random. The political moves made by Gowron really fit the character (and everything to come in DS9), but it does only leave one issue for Nikolai to make an appearance and explain himself. It's that explanation that scares me (bla bla bla), but we'll see. For now, good third issue.

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