In Review: Star Trek: Defiant #8

Arc two of the acclaimed Star Trek: Defiant series starts here! Still reeling from the battle on Qo’noS, Worf and the Defiant crew have been ordered to return to Starfleet headquarters
Defiant

Synopsis: Arc two of the acclaimed Star Trek: Defiant series starts here! Still reeling from the battle on Qo’noS, Worf and the Defiant crew have been ordered to return to Starfleet headquarters where they await learning the Federation’s thoughts on their involvement in the fight against Kahless and the Red Path.

 

The Story

Worf and his crew return to Starfleet headquarters to be debriefed about their recent unauthorized mission in the fight against Kahless and his Red Path. However, their journey is not without incident as Worf winds up undergoing major heart surgery. As they arrive back on Earth. Worf, Ro, and B’Elanna Torres have to stand before Admiral Edward Jellico and Admiral Alynna Nechayev and plead their case. However, the two admirals have other plans for Worf and his crewmates and these are plans that do not involve a Starfleet Commission. In short Worf and his crew are released from Starfleet to pursue a new career as Bounty Hunters and they are given three priority targets to go after. 

 

Artwork

Mike Feehan and Marissa Louise do a solid job with the art in this issue, which is impressive given that there is very little in the way of action for the artists to draw. About the most dramatic event is Worf collapsing as he and Spock beam Sela back to her Romulan Warbird and bid her farewell. The panels of Worf lying in Sickbay are quite dramatic as we see the orian known as X finally reveal her name and work on Worf.

I also enjoyed the panels where we see Worf’s dream conversation with his son Alexander whom he managed to save from dying in the last issue with a little help from the orb of creation.

 

Overall

Christopher Cantwell really turns the screw in this issue by delivering an interesting plot twist by having Starfleet make Worf and his crewmates resign their Starfleet Commissions for some off-book missions. Their first target is Hugh the Borg who has been causing all sorts of problems for what is left of the Borg collective. But it is the two other targets that could prove to be quite intriguing. 

I quite like the idea of Worf being a Bounty Hunter because it feels quite similar to where we find Worf to be in the third season of Star Trek: Picard. It’s almost like the comics are trying to move their continuity so it’s a little closer to that which has been seen on the recent TV shows.  I also loved that Worf gets to buy the Defiant.

9.5
Star Trek: Defiant #8
  • Covers
    9.2
  • Story
    9.5
  • Artwork
    9.8
  • Lettering
    9.4
  • Colours
    9.8

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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