Star Trek #78
DC Comics (December, 1995)
“The Chosen” part 1: “The Hunted”
WRITER: Kevin J. Ryan
PENCILER: Rachel Ketchum
INKER: Mark Heike
COLORIST: Ray Murtaugh
EDITOR: Margaret Clark
After a ten week crawl home and two weeks of repairs the Enterprise is ready to return to duty with a simple exploration of a “Multistellar Phasing”, seven stars perfectly synced. (It makes more sense when Spock says it, but it doesn’t currently matter to the story.) However, they pick up a distress call from a Klingon colony just over the neutral zone and go to help. All they find is a dead colony with energy signatures pointing blame at the Federation. Of course this is when the Klingons show up and blame the Enterprise crew, forcing a quick retreat. As both sides now prepare for war the crew is ordered not to prepare for the Klingons but to a Starbase near the Romulan neutral zone, where there has been some more trouble.
What they got right: The Organians and why they may or may not interfere is actually taken into account in their discussion, and it could server any writers forgetting about or wanting to ignore the peace treaty…if anyone was going to write a story about conflict between them in the classic timeline. The story is both conceptually interesting (someone trying to start a war between Klingons, Romulans, and the Federation while apparently willing to keep it two on one) and well-executed.
What they got wrong: Isn’t this technically part two since the previous issue is also part of this plot? The art team doesn’t do so good on facial expressions. I wouldn’t even call it “dull surprise”, because even that is more emotion than you see on the characters’ faces.
Recommendation: A good “start” to this storyline. It may end up being worth picking up after the next two issues.