Star Trek 1294: No Quarter

1294. No Quarter

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: Divided We Fall #2, Wildstorm Comics, August 2001

CREATORS: John J. Ordover and David Mack (writers), Andrew Currie, Michael Collins, Richard Bennett, David Roach and John Nyberg (artists)

STARDATE: Unknown (follows the last issue)

PLOT: As the Dax symbiont is tortured for information by Verad, Bashir brings Lenara Kahn from the brink of death. Crusher and Troi bring the Odan symbiont to the Caves of Mak'ala, but it's a trap set by Verad's Purists. An away team led by Riker frees Ezri as she's about to be executed, but Verad is expecting it. In any case, they're too late to warn to away team at the Caves. Troi has already detected the Purists' rage, and soon, the anti-matter bomb ticking away. With the Purists firing on them and a transporter scrambler activated, they try to reach the bomb, but there are only 2 minutes left on the countdown...

CONTINUITY: See previous issue (Vaughn, Shar, Ezri, Bashir, Verad, Odan, Lenara Kahn, Nog). The Caves of Mak'ala were seen in Equilibrium.

DIVERGENCES: See previous issue (Odan).

PANEL OF THE DAY - Nog's phaser punch!
REVIEW: Divided We Fall continues to impress. There's a strong action vibe, but also some clever writing, and the two crews are well balanced. I especially like the bit where Troi and Crusher's conversation is used as a soundtrack over Ezri's rescue. Some of the puns may be too cute, but it's in good fun. In fact, Ordover and Mack do a good job of giving each character their own voice (Bashir's anger, Troi's jealousy, we're even privy to Odan's thoughts). When Verad phasers one of his henchmen for being the bearer of bad news, I was afraid his villainy was turning into too much moustache-twirling, but the idea that he might be manipulating the heroes and has a bigger plan is interesting. Another thought: What if he's right about the symbionts? They HAVE created a society where they are privileged, after all. The poor souls ready to die for Verad's cause may have legitimate reason to do so!

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