Star Trek 1243: Requiem in Obsidian

1243. Requiem in Obsidian

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #15, Marvel Comics, March 1998

CREATORS: Michael Martin and Andy Mangels (writers), Greg Scott and Josef Rubinstein (artists)

STARDATE: 50810.3 (between Ties of Blood and Water and Ferengi Love Songs)

PLOT: Eight years ago, Garak killed a telepathic courier. Today, he thinks he's seen her around the station. Simultaneously, his neural pathways are degrading. He is dying. The Ullian skulking around DS9 is actually the courier's sister, hoping to cure him of a viral engram left like a ticking bomb in his head. Her moral code leads her to heal him, but Garak's not sure he deserves to be saved. One of Odo's deputies stuns her while she forces her cure on Garak and she dies, but not before he is saved.

CONTINUITY: Garak is heavily featured. Ziyal also appears. Morn is in the background. The Obsidian Order used to use Ullians (Violations) as telepathic couriers. The viral engram was kept at bay for 8 years by Garak's implant (The Wire).


PANEL OF THE DAY - Spot the flying monkey!
REVIEW: Deep Space Nine has a rich cast of characters, none more intriguing, perhaps, than Garak. Requiem in Obsidian gives us a (pretty badass) glimpse into his life as an agent of the Obsidian Order on Terok Nor and then plays with the question of whether or not he has a conscience. His Ullian savior could have benefitted from a little more development before sacrificing herself, but it works as is based on what we know of the Ullians from Violations. Scott and Rubinstein (last seen on Trekkers) again have fun with the surroundings, providing strong likenesses and lots of detail in the crowd scenes. Sadly, just as this series was picking up (thanks to Martin and Mangels), it came to an end, and the mini-series about the station's occupation failed to materialize.


Timothy Tuohy said...

This issue was so much fun. We did not know during the production of this issue that the end was near. In fact Scott and Rubinstien were going to be the artists for the mini-series. Paramount loved Greg's art and having Joe inking him was my thanks to him for being one of my inking heroes!

Siskoid said...

That's right, you started out as an inker, didn't you?

Timothy Tuohy said...

Actually, I was the other "i" word. An intern. Terry Kavanagh gave me my first credited ink job and from there I got some work here and there. I was Rubinstein assistant for awhile. Every single balck space, star field and zip-a-tone in "Infinity Gauntlet" #6 is me! My favorite job ever was getting to ink Rod Whigham on the Punisher. He was going to be the artist for the Phase III book that Julio and I had planned. I think my most competent ink job was for a 2099 story for Joey Cavalieri that never saw print.

Siskoid said...

We never think of the people who have to do starfields and the like... Sorry to hear about the 2099 story (hey, it's still got 89 years before it's too out of date to be reprinted, right?)


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