I always thought the second DC contract was ended prematurely (and Malibu's Deep Space Nine
contracts as well, the latter of which they never even published an issue) and rather abruptly because at the same time Marvel announced their partnership with Paramount. That deal was Marvel throwing stupid money at Paramount, which ultimately led to the cancellation of the whole line when Marvel's new accountants realized that they were never, ever, ever
going to make money on the deal. I don't blame Paramount for taking Marvel's money, but you have to wonder how different Star Trek
comics history would have been, and how much more stable, if Paramount had stuck by the steady hand of DC.