I’ve heard this from others in my age bracket: though the interest in and respect for TOS has always been ample, it was essentially our fathers show, whereas Star Trek: The Next Generation was always our show, our gateway drug to “boldly go(ing) where no man has gone before”.
So while I enjoyed JJ Abrams new spin on Star Trek, and while I adore the earlier versions of Trek and the later versions of Trek (particularly DS-9) I have always longed for more Picard, more Worf, more beard of Riker, and even a little bit more Wesley Crusher. Well, now I, and those like me are getting a sliver of that, in the form of a new ongoing TNG comic book series from IDW called Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Hive which will focus on the Borgs.
Now, it is worth noting that this is not TNG‘s first foray into comics — there were the early DC books, and also some recent IDW produced mini-series like “Ghosts”, “The Last Generation” (with it’s awesome “Days of Future Past” inspired cover work), and “Intelligence Gathering”, and more than a few things in-between, but this one seems to be heading down the Buffy path by bringing in talent from the show to return to the shows universe as a comic writer. In this instance, Brannon Braga, a writer on Next Gen and an executive producer on Voyager and Enterprise will take the reigns. From Braga:
“It’s a thrill and privilege to be writing in the Star Trek universe again,” said Braga. “This graphic medium will provide the narrative ambition and visual scope this story deserves — the final chapter in The Borg saga!”
Since the cancellation of Enterprise, Braga has returned to earth, well sort of, producing 24, Flash Forward, and Terra Nova. He’ll also be joined by Enterprise writer and Nova staffer Terry Matalas. The art will be done by Joe Corroney. No word yet on how many issues Braga and Matalas will write, or if any other TNG writer may follow him.
In it’s time, the show had a number of writers who have gone on to further success like David Kemper (Farscape), Rene Echevarria (Medium), and Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) — might any of them want to revisit the Enterprise and the Borgs? Only time will tell.
The book is set to debut this September.