Star Trek: Deep Space Nine #9
Marvel/Paramount Comics (September, 1997)
“Public Enemies, Private Lives” finale
PENCILER: Tom Grindberg
INKER: Bob Almond
COLORIST: Matt Webb
LETTERER: Chris Eliopoulos
EDITOR: Tom Tuohy
The Defiant and Cal’s ship are at a stalemate with the Romulans over the planet, though one tries to destroy them when he finds a Klingon, namely Worf, on board. That doesn’t go the way he hoped, and Tomalak probably won’t be happy. He also isn’t happy with his son after he foils another escape attempt by the away team because Narak doesn’t share his father’s unwillingness to kill under the situation. (That’s just the kind of day Tomalak is having.) Also, Jake escapes, so Narak goes after him, and ends up needing Jake to save his life when he falls into a trap. Jake’s compassion finally gets something through Narak’s head. While the Romulans still cover up their operation the away team gets home safely and instead of having Starfleet and the Maquis war with each other they actually made a step towards coming together.
What they got right: The hero, in this case Jake as this appears to be his story more than the other away team members, wins through mercy rather than fists. It’s a nice change when done right and it is here. Narak doesn’t suddenly turn over a new leaf or anything but he finally understands a bit about honor.
What they got wrong: I’m not sure why they suddenly had the Romulan sub-commander suddenly want to kill Worf and the rest of the crew out of nowhere. It’s a fight that doesn’t seem to have any meaning I can figure out outside of having Sisko and Cal team-up in a battle.
What did I think overall: A good conclusion to this story arc. Worth a read.