Synopsis: With the murderer still on the loose, the inhabitants of Deep Space Nine are starting to divide into factions, made even worse when the Ferengi government gets involved. To make matters worse, conflict between Constable Odo and the Federation’s handpicked criminal investigator threatens to derail the investigation itself!
Odo’s investigation into the murder at the Bajoran restaurant is getting nowhere fast. Having questioned numerous suspects and turned up nothing he and Commander Worf begin to consider a more aggressive tact, which actually helps them break up a smuggling ring and clears Quark as a suspect in the process.
Things get worse when a prominent Bajoran businessman by the name of Keidan is killed and the investigation takes on a new tack when it is revealed that this Keidan made his money as a collaborator during the Cardassian occupation of Bajor, but the last straw is broken when a delegation of Ferengi are also murdered, which leads to the Federation sending in their own investigator to assist Odo.
Once again Gregg Scott provides some interesting artwork for a story, which thus far has been mostly a case of talking heads and very little in the way of action beats. I really enjoyed how the artist drew the interrogation scene at the start of the book where Odo and Worf were double-teaming Quark to try and find out if he knew anything. This series of panels could have come out of any number of episodes of the television series and gave me fond memories of some of the back and forth that we enjoyed between Odo and Quark.
As with the last issue. All the character drawings are spot on to how you’d expect them to appear in the series and the linework throughout has an edginess to it that suits the setting of the comic.
A solid second issue, which sets its store out brilliantly for the introduction of the Federation Investigator who makes an immediate impression on the finale page of the issue. The murder of the Bajoran Businessman and the Ferengi delegation presents us with a number of interesting scenarios. The fact that the Bajoran was a collaboration during the Cardassian Occupation is one such scenario, but that may well be a red herring.
Either way. It will be intriguing to see where David and Scott Tipton will take this story in the next issue.