"Stowaway" was the first issue of Malibu Comics' 1993 series of DS9 comics, released in August 1993. The issue consisted of 24 pages of story, written by Mike W. Barr and edited by Tom Mason. The art was penciled by Gordon Purcell and inked by Terry Pallot, with Kara Lamb credited as assistant editor. A strange mold is discovered on the space station.
Keiko O'Brien's school class are on a field trip to Jadzia Dax's science laboratory. When Jake Sisko and Nog break a beaker, Keiko takes the other children back to class, leaving the boys to clean up. While horsing around, they open a compartment in the lab, releasing a strange material. The boys flee the lab.
Elsewhere, the starship Armstrong has arrived at the space station following a mission in the Gamma Quadrant. Doctor Josiah Wembley, a famous Federation scientist, oversaw the mission and Captain Johnson of the Armstrong asks Commander Sisko to have archaeological artifacts discovered in the mission stored on the station. Chief Miles O'Brien takes the artifacts to level 14, where he is overcome by the substance released by Nog and Jake, but is able to request an emergency transport out. O'Brien is beamed to the infirmary and treated by Dr. Julian Bashir. Bashir and Dax identify the substance as a mold, but an unusual one. It absorbs oxygen, like a plant, but emits a toxic gas. Dax and Bashir cannot determine why the mold is growing at such a quick rate.
The mold soon reaches the Promenade and overwhelms Quark in his bar, but fortunately Odo transforms into a rat and reaches Quark before he suffocates. Odo drags Quark out, while Garak watches from a distance. Odo orders him to evacuate to an emergency station.
In Ops, Sisko wants to move from defensive measures against the mold and asks for suggestions. Bashir and Dax report that analysis of the mold shows Cardassians are responsible for genetic modifications to it. Kira Nerys suggests the mold is a sabotage attempt by the Cardassians, but Sisko realizes that something caused the mold to act this way. Sisko has an idea. Bashir goes to Garak, but Garak only evades Bashir's questions.
Sisko has determined that the artifacts from the Gamma Quadrant have caused the mold's activation, Captain Johnson fears any investigation could destroy the artifacts and that he and Dr. Wembley will not allow that. Jadzia still advocates sending the artifacts back to the Armstrong, but Bashir suggests another course of action, to use a fungicide against the mold.
The plans to use the fungicide are put in place quickly, and Dax, Bashir and O'Brien enter one of the affected areas. They are about to begin using the fungicide until Dax detects life signs nearby, The team push through the affected area using the fungicide, and reach rescue the trapped people. Jadzia orders a beamout for everyone.
Jadzia reports to Sisko that the fungicide was ineffective. Sisko talks to Dr. Wembley, but Wembley denies his artifacts are to blame. The crew soon have another problem: three Cardassian ships led by Gul Dukat are approaching the station. Dukat wants the mold and threatens to kill the station's inhabitants if Sisko doesn't allow them to take it.
- Julian Bashir • Jadzia Dax • Skrain Dukat • Elim Garak • Hawley • Johnson • Kira Nerys • Morn • Nog • Keiko O'Brien • Miles O'Brien • Odo • Quark • Benjamin Sisko • Jake Sisko • Josiah Wembley
Starships and vehicles
Races and cultures
States and organizations
- Bajoran Militia • Cardassian Guard • Cardassian Union • Starfleet • United Federation of Planets
- Referenced only
- University of Notre Dame
- atmosphere replicator • carbon dioxide • chess • football • holo arcade • humanoid • lifeform • mold • Odo's bucket • oxygen • space station • transporter • tricorder • turbolift • uniform
- The story is continued in Stowaway, Part II.
- The stardate given in this story actually predates the DS9 series pilot ("Emissary"), but dialogue-references in the issue place this story not long after the events of "Q-Less" (when an artifact from the Gamma Quadrant nearly destroyed the station).
- This issue is a notable early example of the practice of releasing a variant cover, in this case a photo variant. Besides the regular illustration by Jerome Moore and Richard Ory, a collectible variant with a publicity photo of the cast was also released.
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