In Review: Star Trek: Defiant #4

With Kahless and the Red Path’s mission to conquer the universe looming over their heads, the Defiant crew must overcome their differences if they’re to prevent another massacre
Defiant

Synopsis: With Kahless and the Red Path’s mission to conquer the universe looming over their heads, the Defiant crew must overcome their differences if they’re to prevent another massacre, and it’s the most unlikely of diplomats to convince them of as much…

 

The Story

Picking up from where last month’s issue left off. Worf who has been critically injured and his away team have returned to The Defiant. Worf is being kept alive by an orian who has decided it to be more profitable for her to tag along with the Defiant Crew. But he is being kept alive by a mix of fast surgery and the stimulant that the Red Path has been using to keep their soldiers pumped up. Of course, this stimulant is causing Worf to have irrational outbursts, which he is struggling to keep a lid on.  Meanwhile, on the bridge, Ro and B’Elanna Torres are still taking shots at each other about their past with the Maquis. However, thanks to an intervention by Lore. The two women do manage to find a way to work together and manage to get a headstart on cracking a code that is preventing them from being able to track Kahless’s ship. 

In another development. We learn that the Klingons have invented time travel and this may be something that has helped Kahless on his mission. B’Elanna realizes that Kahless might be getting help from a Klingon scientist called Korath who happened to be the same scientist that helped Admiral Janeway travel back through time to help the USS Voyager get home. Armed with this new information. Spock and Lore go to investigate Koraths lab while Worf and the remaining Defiant crew continue to try and crack the code that is preventing them from being able to track Kahless’s ship.

 

The Artwork

Angel Unzueta and Marissa Louise are doing a brilliant job of the artwork and seem to have gone to great effort to get the lighting on the defiant right as well as the various locations on the ship. I loved the panels in Defiant’s sickbay where the Orian who still remains nameless is treating Worf’s injuries. The artist does a great job of capturing the anguish and frustration on Worfs face while he is being treated.

I also loved the sequence of panels at the end of the issue where we see Sela make contact with The Defiant. The art team does a great job of capturing her likeness as it appears on the Defiant’s viewscreen.

 

Overall

This was a great issue, which moves the story forward brilliantly. I enjoyed Spock’s log in which he is discussing the fine line between logic and madness and how it all relates to his decision to put Lore back together. Furthermore, I enjoyed the exchanges of dialogue between Lore and the other characters. But what really makes this issue great is the appearance of Sela toward the close when she offers Worf her help.

It will be interesting to learn what agenda Sela has in future issues. As I am pretty sure that she is not offering help from the goodness of her heart. And given past experiences with Sela it will be fun to see how everything plays out.

9.7
Star Trek: Defiant #4
  • Covers
    9.4
  • Story
    9.8
  • Artwork
    10
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    10

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