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Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice #1

Review by Paul Bowler

Terror strikes the Promenade in Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice #1 leading Constable Odo to investigate a web of mystery and deceit across the station. As the crew of DS9 try to establish the cause of the explosion, Odo uncovers a wealth of suspects and motives to look into, and it quickly become apparent nothing is quite as clear cut as it first seemed…

Stalwart Star Trek writers Scott Tipton and David Tipton brings us the first Deep Space Nine comic book series in a decade, with this new four-part Star Trek series from IDW Publishing. Set against the backdrop of the darkest days of the Dominion War, the issue opens with Garak and Bashir taking one of their frequent lunches on the Promenade, but their meal is cut short when an explosion rips through the eatery. Garak saves Bashir, but casualties are high, and Odo’s brief interview with the owner who survived the blast soon finds the finger of blame pointed squarely at her rival – Quark!

Scott Tipton and David Tipton always manage to capture the tone of the Star Trek series and the character they are writing about perfectly. Indeed, they’ve done a fantastic job here in brining this slightly shadier corner of the Star Trek universe and the world of DS9 and her crew to life in the most sublime way imaginable. Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice #1 immerses you in an intriguing tale of lies and vengeance, one where everyone seems to have a motive for murder, revenge, or just plain old greed.

Greg Scott’s distinctive, noir style artwork is well suited to the sombre, brooding atmosphere of this storyline. Page layouts are unfussy, concise and focus tightly on characters and their interactions, and all the main cast of DS9 are well represented throughout. Scott ensures scenes also reflect the essence of this Star Trek series extremely well, with colorist Felipe Sobreiro using a muted pallet of deep tones and hues to great effect to punctuate the action with subtle flourishes as Odo’s investigation progresses.

Constable Odo must find out if the attack could be terrorism, politically motivated, revenge, or just a case of someone trying to get rid of the competition. A terse exchange with a fellow cremate and vigilantism brewing in the air certainly doesn’t help matters either for Odo’s investigation as the spotlight of suspicion falls on a usual suspect to provide an intriguing cliffhanger to the issue.

So, if like me, you are a big fan of DS9’s somewhat darker, edgier tone, you are going to find a lot to enjoy here with this new series from IDW. With its gripping story by Scott Tipton and David Tipton and moody artwork by Greg Scott, Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice #1 is great issue and a welcome comic book return for the crew of the space station on the edge of the final frontier.

Publisher: IDW

Writers: Scott Tipton & David Tipton / Artist: Greg Scott

Colorist: Felipe Sobreiro / Letterer: Neil Uyetake

About The Author

Hi, I’m Paul Bowler, blogger and reviewer of films, TV shows, and comic books. I’m a Sci-Fi geek, a big fan of Doctor Who, Star Trek, movies, Sci-Fi, Horror, Comic Books, and all things PS4.You can follow me on Twitter @paul_bowler,or at my website, Sci-Fi Jubilee, and on YouTube and Facebook