Star Trek 1148: Dax's Comet Part II

1148. Dax's Comet, Part II

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #15, Malibu Comics, October 1994

CREATORS: Charles Marshall (writer), Leonard Kirk and Bruce McCorkindale (artists)

STARDATE: Unknown (follows the last issue)

PLOT: During the blackout caused by the explosions rocking the station, one of Those Who Wait attacks Kira, but she's tougher than she looks. When the lights come back on, Sisko has the cultists confined to a security cell. Meanwhile, other extremists are sabotaging the station and almost make it to Ops before Odo stops them. The cultists break out and Sisko gets into a public debate about how they hid while "real" Bajorans went on and thrived. At the same time, the crew take three runabouts and create a shield bubble to deviate the comet's path, saving the Wormhold and Bajor from the resulting explosion. Will Dax be able to forgive herself if the deviated comet one day hits a planet with life on it?

CONTINUITY: Nog appears. Sisko says he's a (Edgar Rice) Burroughs fan, which sheds light on his waking dream in Far Beyond the Stars.

DIVERGENCES: None.

PANEL OF THE DAY - So Buck Rogers science WRONG. Star Trek science RIGHT.
REVIEW: A good finally in that 1) it includes a great speech from Sisko and 2) its techno solution is dynamically illustrated. So it works for me. I do have caveats however. For one thing, writers of late have had the tendency to make Odo invincible. Not only is there too much shapeshifting relative to the show, but here he's defeating numerous opponents off-panel and getting all the big hero shots. It jars with the tone of the show and the comic. Second, the link to the title is extremely flimsy, just a postscript told in a caption box, and not even from Dax's point of view. And third, well, I'd like to know what happened to Those Who Wait! Sisko gives them a stern talking to and they disappear from Trek entirely (unless the story has a sequel later, but I'm not aware of one). That's a problem with a comic with revolving writers - introducing new elements may not be followed up on, and certainly aren't on the show.

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