Counselor Troi suggests the ship celebrate Halloween while a mysterious entity begins to spread through the ship, feasting on fear. crewmen begin to go missing all over the ship. soon the entity reveals itself to be Redjac. the crew begins to feel the weight of fear and anxiety, some of them come to Troi for help. Data enters the Holodeck and encounters the missing Lt Bloch, possessed by Redjac and in the garb of Professor Moriarty. Bloc injects Borg Nanites into his body and easily decapitates Data. Data is modified by Bloc into a Frankenstein's Monster type of being. Lt Bloch is a nod to writer Robert Bloch. who not only wrote Psycho but three episodes of TOS. Redjac comes from TOS episode 'Wolf in the Fold', also written by Bloch. this is not the first time the TNG crew have encountered Redjac. the Wildstorm one-shot 'Embrace The Wolf' has similar Holodeck scenes. in fact i do wonder if that story is cannon with this new one, as the TNG crew seem fam
Crusher attempts to save Martok but argues with Sela. the argument grows till Crusher compares Sela to her mother Tasha and slaps her out of frustration, prompting the Romulan to get the planetary communication override codes from the injured Klingon. Ro and Ensign Sato also argue, mostly about Starfleet and the Kobayashi Maru. meanwhile Lore and Data continue their verbal confrontation which ends with Lore beaming out with Korath. In space Spock takes command of the Theseus while B'Elanna and Tom manage to get the Defiant moving again. finally, reaching their goal, Sisko and Worf come face to face with Kahless and Alexander. The confrontation between Dr Crusher and Sela was nice, and much needed in my opinion. as i think of all the ragtag members of the Defiant she is the one least likely to work with them. there is still tension between B'Elanna and Tom, but thankfully little argument. i'm afraid this crossover has worn out its welcome. as most issues have devolve
The Enterprise picks up a distress call and moves to investigate. Onboard they find one survivor who tells them she has a debt to pay to a local crime boss. Later, the Enterprise arrives at Celius Prime in an effort to help their passenger. Pike and some of the bridge crew are beamed off. They face the crime boss who tells them the only way out of the dangerous Scorpion sector is by way of the most dangerous race in the galaxy. Pike agrees to the race but members of this crew are placed among various other ships in the race. The idea of a race in space is nothing new. It's not even new in the realms of Star Trek. You have 'The Great Starship Race' from the old Pocket Book line. And thus far, I feel the novel is superior. Though the Pike of Strange New Worlds is laid back I hardly think he would so easily agree to all the terms and obviously laid traps he faces here. six out of ten.
Second year cadet Picard interrupts a lecture on the Earth/Romulan War by Professor Galen to correct him... only to be corrected himself. after the lecture his friend Doqtis seemingly vanishes while Batanides asks if he is going to a party. Picard has no time for such things. later, Picard's rival drags him to the holodeck to replay the Battle of Cheron. the battle soon becomes a fistfight between the who but is interrupted by... Mr Spock. I appreciate the nods to Picard's past here. Galen and Batanides. Boothby. this is certainly a different Picard than the one we see in 'Tapestry'. this Picard is extremely focused and serious minded, no time at all for fun. i have a feeling Doqtis is Q, though i rather hope that isn't the case. Q need not be in every part of Picard's life. still, this is a fun little comic. six out of ten.
On Earth the Romulan Ambassador complains about the actions of Admiral Kirk. the Federation President orders Kirk and crew back to Earth ASAP. in private the President and Admiral Ubah realize they are now closer to war with the Romulans due to Kirk's actions. On the Enterprise a Romulan Bird of Prey decloaks and demands the return of their shuttle. Spock invites them to scan for it and they find nothing. later, the alternate Uhura knocks out Scotty and takes off in her shuttle. the alternate Uhura eventually locates the alternate Chekov. the Romulan ship easily destroys the ship but she is clinging to the surface of the Romulan ship in an EV suit. she fights he war through the ship. Back on the Enterprise, Spock determines that, with the weapon alternate Chekov gave the Romulans near completion, they must destroy the ship. Alternate Uhura going after alternate Chekov in order to save Chekov seems a bit out of character for what we know of her. again, i find the Romulan stuff to be
Worf and Sisko walk towards the Spire of Kahless and hash out some things. Worf admits he does not fully trust Sisko after all the time he spent with the Prophets. Worf tells him that if faced with saving existence or Sisko, he will choose existence. Meanwhile, Crusher and Sela witness Chancellor Martok in battle, taking out warriors before he finally falls himself. though hardly friends, Crusher manages to get Sela to assist her in trying to save Martok's life. Data and Lore also work together while Tom and B'Elanna continue to argue. upon completing their goal Data informs Lore he will make sure he is once again disassembled after the current conflict is over. It's nice seeing Spock and Scotty interact during this time period. the dialogue between Data and Lore flows naturally, especially on the final page. the opening pages with Sisko and Worf show us where each character is and though they share a common goal they are hardly on the same page. the Tom and B'
Captain Sisko interfaces with the Borg device in an attempt to prevent station data from reaching the Dominion. Doctor Bashir leaves Sisko to rescue Latinum. after a running fire fight Bashir convinces Latinum to jump towards him and through the flames. upon returning to the Captain they find him unconscious. he eventually wakes up and beams onboard the Defiant with the others. later, he tells Worf the device was damaged and to destroy it. no one should use it. Bashir makes a tiny change to Latinum which makes him no longer perfect, and therefore not valuable. This was the best issue of this mini. that said, it still felt a bit underwhelming. Sisko using Borg technology to save everyone and experiencing what Picard did should be more interesting than this. the whole story is basically 'What if DS9 had a dog?' i dunno. maybe because i'm a cat person. six out of seven.
Is that Autobot Stratosphere in G.I. Joe: Special Missions (2013) #3? Yes, it is. I was Paul Gulacy's toy reference guy for most of his run on Special Missions. You ran the CTLP? Yes, the Complete Transformers Listing Page, it linked to every single Transformers website on the internet. I kept it updated and dead links free for years and years. A titanesque task. Who was The Myth on the CTLP? The Myth was my nickname for the youngest Transformers webmaster in the world. Today, he must be in his early 30s. Time flies. You started a petition for G1 reissues? Yes, in the late 90s. My online petition was signed by hundreds and hundreds of Transformers fans who wanted Hasbro to rerelease Generation One toys from the 80s. Is that you credited on the Inhumanoids: The Complete Series - 2 Disc Set? Yes, I supplied all the scans for it. Over the years you've helped multiple major online retailers and publishers sell Transformers and G.I. Joe products?
The shuttle explodes, giving the prisoners a chance to escape. the other Uhura confronts the other Chekov but is forced to abandon her revenge when the prime Chekov is injured. with Kirk and Uhura still onboard the Romulan ship, the others make it back to Enterprise. McCoy and Chapel begin operating on Chekov. as Kirk and Uhura decide how to destroy the Orb it is beamed out. Sometimes Uhura and other Uhura look very dissimilar. same goes for Chekov. it would be easy enough to tell them apart from hair styles and uniforms, but making them look so different is off putting. i still find the other Uhura/Chekov story to be fairly uninteresting. six out of ten.
Sisko and Garak face the firing squad but the soldiers turn their weapons into the crowd, killing Damar's enemies. as the Red Path bears down on Crusher and her group, Sisko arrives just in time to save them. Sisko spies the Vorta head off and investigates. he opens a canister that contains a Founder. instead of embracing it, Vorta kills the Founder. later, the Theseus returns to DS9 where the Orb is analyzed by various teams. The conclusion of the 'Trial' arc was good. and a very Cardassian conclusion at that. i do wish the Vorta's motives were a bit more tangible. unleashing a captive Founder only to kill it is an interesting twist, and goes to show how some have changed after the war. but it also feels somewhat disjointed. seven out of ten
Sisko and Worf meet on Qo'Nos. the two crews do not get along. Kahless makes his speech and the Red Cult rises. Chancellor Martok calls for his arrest. the crews split up into teams to confront the various trouble spots brewing on the surface and in orbit. This is what the two ongoing books have been building to. there are at times jumps in the narrative. people shifting location. makes it a bit jarring at times. still, i do wonder where all this is going. how it will be resolved. how Lore and Sela will betray everyone. cause you know they will. i think some of the bickering between Tom and B'Elanna goes on for far too long. it just feels like manufactured drama. seven out of ten.