Star Trek 1131: Emancipation, Part I

1131. Emancipation, Part I

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #4, Malibu Comics, November 1993

CREATORS: Mike W. Barr (writer), Gordon Purcell and Terry Pallot (artists)

STARDATE: Unknown (between If Wishes Were Horses and Dramatis Personae)

PLOT: Dax and Bashir encounter a ship full of escaped slaves in the Gamma Quadrant and bring them back to the station. They seek asylum, though there might be Prime Directive issues involved. When their overseers arrive to collect them, they are all given suicide pills as an ultimate option. Sisko buys them some time during which Dax finds their origin planet, which is actually in the Alpha Quadrant. A slave who doesn't want to be free sabotages the slave ship and is caught by Odo, but who was he working for? The leaders of the rebellion steal a runabout and head to the Wormhole to destroy it, leaving their people free to return to their homeworld free...

CONTINUITY: None.

DIVERGENCES: None.

PANEL OF THE DAY - Suicide pills... the first one is always free.
REVIEW: A very good first installment and a story that, once again, could easily have fit the show. Barr is working the plot more than the characters, but still manages to capture the cast perfectly. Even the Jake-Ben Sisko relationship gets a page. And with Purcell back on pencils, it all looks great. I'll forgive them the old "destroy the Wormhole" gambit.

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