Synopsis: Death casts its shadow as Constable Odo searches for truth amid a web of treachery and lies. Everyone on the Promanade has a motive for this murder, be it vengeance, justice… or old-fashioned greed.
When a bomb goes off in one of the Promenade’s finest restaurants and Dr. Bashire and Garak barely escape with the lives. Odo is called in to investigate who it was the set the bomb. At first, it is suspected to be a terrorist attack, but when no one comes forward it turns into a murder investigation. The question is which one of the eight people that died was the target and who stood to gain from the deaths. Captain Sisco wants answers and the pressure is on Odo to find them, but a certain key part of evidence points the finger at a certain humble Ferengi bar owner.
The artwork from Greg Scott is for the most part fairly good. I like the rough and edgy art style he uses for this book because it kind of suits Deep Space Nine given that for its time it was the edgiest Star Trek series around. There are a few panels where character likenesses have a bit of a wobble from certain angles, but all the close-up work of character faces is really good and true to the likeness of the characters from the series. I particularly liked how the artists handled the standoff between Odo, Worf, and the two Nausicans in Odo’s office. And the art that depicted the explosion in the restaurant was really dramatic.
Star Trek writing legends Scott and David Tipton deliver a promising start to a Star Trek: Deep Space 9 mystery story, which will hopefully bring us some dramatic Odo moments. The dialogue is sharp and very much in keeping with how the characters would interact on the series. I particularly enjoyed the dialogue between Bashir and Garak at the start of the comic was bang on point as to where the bits of dialogue between Chief O’Brien, Dax, and Odo at the start of the investigation.
Overall. A solid start, which has me gagging to get the second issue.