Star Trek the Q Conflict #5
Written by Scott and David Tipton
Art by David Messina
Inks by Elisabetta D’Amico
Colors by Alessandra Alexakis
Letters by Neil Uyetake
The Rundown: The intervention of his fellow Q is the only reason that Q’s ill advised attack on the wormhole Prophets doesn’t result in the complete destruction of reality. After barely escaping, Q is warned that he is being kept on a very tight leash. When Picard has another meeting with Guinan about Q’s behavior and the high possibility of betrayal, she tells the Captain that she is secretly gathering help for the Starfleet officers.
When Q reveals the stakes for the next game, everyone is stunned by its impact. Q wants one of the mixed crews to locate and kidnap the Borg Queen and hold her. It is the most dangerous game Q has devised so far and as the crews make their way through a heavily fortified Borg structure and as Kirk uses an unorthodox tactic to enter the Borg ship, Picard discovers that the help Guinan reached out for includes some familiar faces.
The Story: Scott and David Tipton have upped the stakes and kicked this story into a new gear with this issue. As soon as Q announced the stakes of the game, I wanted to know how the writers would craft the response of these iconic characters, especially Kirk. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. As intense as the Borg incursion is, the Tiptons manage to inject humor into the story as well as a great ending.
The Art: David Messina delivers some amazing art in this issue and every detailed panel enhances the story.