(written from a Production point of view)
A Klingon Bird-of-Prey, Khitomer's Revenge, en route to Qo'noS, docks at Deep Space 9 so that a prisoner, Mard, can receive medical attention from Dr. Bashir. Mard attempts to escape, but is stopped by Odo. The prisoner then takes Bashir hostage in sickbay. Sisko discovers that the Klingon captain, K'Leht, orchestrated the situation so that the DS9 crew would be forced to kill Mard.
- This special preview issue was the second preview issue, also known as an "ashcan". The "official" name and number of this issue was "Hero Illustrated #2", but it is more commonly known simply as "Hostage Situation".
- The story was a short seven-page story that was not repeated in any other release in Malibu's DS9 run, but was later reprinted in the "Best of DS9" collection by IDW Publishing; the story was also collected in volume 37 of the Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection in May 2018.
- The stardate places this story in 2366, which is a full three years before the story of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine begins.
- Odo transforms into a Vulcan sehlat, a creature resistant to Klingon disruptors.
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- Editor: Tom Mason
- Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in Malibu DS9 characters.
Regular and recurring characters
- Julian Bashir
- Chief medical officer aboard DS9.
- Security chief aboard DS9.
- Benjamin Sisko
- Commander of DS9.
- Kira Nerys
- Bajoran major, second in command aboard DS9.
- Miles O'Brien
- Chief of operations aboard DS9.
- Jadzia Dax
- Joined Trill, science officer.
- Ferengi barkeep.
- One of Quark's best customers.
- Klingon captain.
- Klingon prisoner.
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