Star Trek Unlimited #6
Marvel/Paramount Comics (November, 1997)
“Telepathy War” part 4: “Heart Of Darkness”
WRITERS: Abnett & Edginton
PENCILER: Ron Randall
INKER: Art Nicols
COLORIST: Kevin Tinsley
LETTERER: Phil Felix
EDITOR: Tim Tuohy
The Enterprise-E is part of a team going into the Gamma Quadrant presumably to assess the Changelings’ strength, or at least that’s what Admiral Decker tells the other captains in secret. Meanwhile, Deanna goes crazy and treats her shipmates as her enemies before being taken out. Matt and Pava, who were brought on in part 3, are assigned to sickbay under Odo’s watch as Deanna is treated but when Matt tries to see his father, he’s attacked by a changeling, who has been disguised as the Admiral and trying to sabotage the ship as part of a trap and to leader the larger vessels away from Earth. Led into an ambush they’re saved by a group of Romulans who tagged along in secret while Deanna treating friends as enemies and enemies as beloved friends exposes the changeling, who is killed. The fleet makes a beeline to the Alpha Quadrant and Earth.
What they got right: Usually this comic is double sized to fit in adventures with both the original cast and the TNG cast, but this issue takes advantage of the extra space to tell the biggest story in the Telepathy War crossover, which will conclude in a special one-shot. The mystery is handled well and so is the action. I also really wish this had been on TV so we could see Jonathan Frakes play a Riker changeling or watch Deanna talking about “the ones who love me” as her messed up head (a foreshadow of the Changeling’s plan and why this is called Telepathy War) sees the Dominion as her friends. It would have been both an unintentionally funny scene and some interesting acting by Frakes and Marina Sirtis.
What they got wrong: Though again Omega Squad (or the two we have left in our story with Edam, Nog, and T’Prell still on DS9) really doesn’t get to do much. Matt is attacked by Deanna earlier and the changeling disguised as his father after, which is still more than Pava gets. She doesn’t even get a line of dialog.
What did I think overall: The best story in the crossover, possibly due to the extra length and how it actually ties into the name of the crossover rather than just continuing the general Dominion War arc from Deep Space Nine.