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Myriad Universes: Hearts and Minds Part 1: For the Glory of the Empire

Major Kira is holding down the fort in the Ops office, having a heated argument with a woman who demands she be allowed to open an establishment on the Promenade, even though there are no vacancies. It's Maura, but if you didn't read “Requiem” you wouldn't know that. Just as things are about to get ugly, Jadzia Dax pages the Major to tell her they have a little situation she might want to take a look at. The situation in question is a fleet of Klingon warships, who have Deep Space 9 surrounded.

Kira orders Commander Sisko to be brought up to Ops at once, forcing Ben to give Jake and his baseball game yet another rain check. While still in his baseball uniform, Sisko meets with Captain Kol, the commander of the fleet's flasghip, the 'Avwi. As a staunch ally of the Federation, Kol offers his support and protection to Deep Space 9, which he claims will be the most strategic location in the forthcoming war with the Cardassian Empire. This takes Sisko somewhat by surprise, as he had been unaware there was a war between the Klingons and the Cardassians. Kol recaps the events ...

Myriad Universes: Requiem Part 2/Hearts and Minds Part 0

Major Kira is convinced Malor Ti is still alive, and pages Commander Sisko in the middle of the night to ask if they can set up a team to search engineering for her. Ben is skeptical, but cautiously optimistic and agrees, and has the Major get Odo to assemble a team and allow him to pull anyone from engineering who isn't currently working on the reactors. In engineering, a stressed Chief O'Brien and Dulath snap at each other, both aware of what's going to happen if they can't get the backup reactors online, but they soon calm down and split up to cover more ground.

Odo tells Kira he's going to personally spearhead the search for Malor Ti, because Kira is “the closest thing” he has to family, but is curious why she's so important to her. Kira explains that she sees herself in Malor Ti, or rather she sees herself as a young girl, and tells a story about how once when she was seven she witnessed a Bajoran fighter explode in the skies outside her house. Her parents were away at a secret resistance meeting and didn't tell her in order ...

Myriad Universes: Requiem Part 1

A young Bajoran girl is lying in bed late one night recording an entry for the journal that she's keeping for a class assignment. Her mother comes in to check on her, but she's interrupted by the arrival of two Cardassian soldiers. We cut to her stripped naked and hung from the ceiling as the Cardassians demand information from the woman they call “Trika”.

It's two years later in a holosuite above Quark's on Deep Space 9. Commander Sisko is playing baseball with Jake when the programme suddenly crashes and is briefly replaced by something from Quark's pornography collection before the whole thing shuts down. In Ops, Kira informs Sisko that the station's primary power reactor has just exploded, tearing a sizable hole in the lower decks and leaving the entire city hanging off of limited reserve power. When that goes, Deep Space 9 will be rendered dead in space, leaving everyone aboard to suffocate or starve. Chief O'Brien points the finger at the slipshod cross-wiring and patching employed by the Cardassian engineers to the point he can't even tell where everything is, or if it can be repaired. Commander Sisko begins ...

Myriad Universes: Malibu Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Early Days

In late Summer, 1993, Malibu Comics launched the official Star Trek: Deep Space Nine tie-in series.

I freely admit I'm not a comics scholar so I could be wrong, but this has always struck me as a surprisingly and fascinatingly unorthodox partnership for a franchise as big as Star Trek. Except for the very earliest days of tie-in comics all the way back in the mid-1960s, Star Trek has thus far been very careful to only court the “Big Two” comics publishers, namely DC. And even then, Gold Key was not some random upstart imprint: Cheap as they might have been, they made their name on doing all the comic book tie-ins for all the big franchises of the day: Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes, the Disney stuff that wasn't handled by the European division, and yes, Star Trek. That kind of thing was utterly Gold Key's wheelhouse. Malibu Comics, by severe contrast, was a small, rather fiercely independent imprint, and one that had cultivated an image of doing more idiosyncratic and experimental projects targeting a more niche audience.

It was Malibu, in fact, that published a lot of the US ...

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