Villordsutch reviews Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Too Long a Sacrifice #1…
Deep Space Nine has returned! Perhaps I finished that a bit too prematurely? Deep Space Nine has returned to the comic book universe, thanks to IDW Publishing. Still just as exciting, but perhaps not “as” exciting as you may have initially hoped due to my opening sentence (apologies). With Sisko and Company last seen in the special Waypoint series, and before that with the impressive Q, Gambit series, now IDW has seen the light and given us an honest to goodness four-part special, titled “Too Long a Sacrifice”, dedicated to the show that re-wrote the Trek book.
With Bashir and Garak’s lunch date being rudely interrupted, by a rather vicious attack upon a Bajoran Replimat, it’s left to the crew of DS9 to not only solve who was behind this wicked plot but to deal with the diplomatic fault out. Both intergalactically and locally, as eight bodies lie still in Sick Bay – Bashir being very lucky he wasn’t one of them due to some quick thinking from Garak.
Odo begins to gather the clues, though with Quark being blamed for the attack by numerous aggrieved parties, this case looks like it will be coming to a quick close. As all the evidence seems to be falling into the lap of our favourite Ferengi.
Honestly, it’s fantastic to see IDW giving more than the Prime TOS and Kelvin TOS a run within its Trek library. I’ve recently collected the entire Marvel and Wildstorm Star Trek: Voyager series of comics and this gave me want to see more a varied selection of Star Trek in print, and here we are. Though this being said, this first issue isn’t a “two-thumbs up” release, unfortunately.
Both Star Trek writers – Scott and David Tipton – are already delivering a mystery of a Deep Space Nine tale that drops in mid-Dominion War, which they are clearly setting up something bigger to land within the next coming three issues. This release stumbles, repeatedly, with the artwork from Greg Scott. From the opening panel of Bashir’s face and from there on in, our main characters seem to deform and take another shape. If this was Odo, I’d guess he was having a bad day, but it’s not. I’ve complained in the past that Tony Shasteen does something similar with his morphing of faces, but Greg – in the release – has taken Tony’s baton and ran full speed with it. It’s very distracting.
This all to one side mind you, it’s fantastic that IDW Publishing is putting their trust in a series, whose source material finished on television some twenty-one years ago, and if we’re being honest it was quite a divisive show for most Trek fans. I’m hoping now that they can turn their attention to Star Trek: Voyager and perhaps give us a limited twelve-issue run…please?