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Brannon Braga To Write New Borg-centric Star Trek: TNG ‘Hive’ Comic Book Series June 15, 2012

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Star Trek’s most prolific screenwriter Brannon Braga is penning a Star Trek comic book. This afternoon IDW announced the upcoming series "Star Trek: The Next Generation – Hive," and as the name implies, it is all about the Borg. The series kicks off in September.  More information in the press release below.


Press release

Make it so with IDW and Star Trek: The Next Generation!

Celebrated writer Brannon Braga makes his triumphant return!

San Diego, CA (June 15, 2012) – There’s no easy way to say it… the Borg are back. The cubes, the Queen, Locutus, and their intractable stance on resistance have reared their ugly heads once again to jeopardize the fate of our Galaxy. With all evil, though, must come good, and who better to thwart the Borg’s steely agenda than Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise?

For the show’s twenty-fifth anniversary, Hugo Award-winner Brannon Braga, one of The Next Generation’s key writers, is joining forces with fellow Trek scribe Terry Matalas and artist Joe Corroney to bring Captain Picard and the Enterprise’s crew back for a dynamic new journey.

"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!"

In a distant future, where the deadly Borg have assimilated the entire Galaxy, Picard, his crew, and some unexpected allies must prove once and for all that resistance is not futile! Packed with mind-bending twists, time-jumping action, and revered, genre-defining characters, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION: HIVE promises to be a must-read event for fans of the TNG’s intrepid legacy.

This September, tell your local comic shop to make it so!

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION: HIVE #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color), licensed by CBS Consumer Products, will be available in stores September 2012. Diamond order code: JUL12 0282.



1. Pointing Out The Obvious - June 15, 2012

Oh yay, a comic that goes totally against the continuity of the Pocket-books story line (where the Borg are no more).


2. Mike Singer - June 15, 2012

Firstly, this story sounds really good.

3. FusionVok - June 15, 2012

Time travel! Didn’t see that one coming. :)

4. njdss4 - June 15, 2012

Can we be done with the Borg already, please? Like the first comment says, they were done away with in the books, so no more!

5. Aaron R. - June 15, 2012

Sounds good. Oh and #1 all printed material except the prequel comic to the 2009 movie is not cannon or officially part of the Trek universse. It would like to point out that a lot of the books go against stated cannon. For example my favorite Next Gen book is Dark Mirror and that blatantly goes against the cannon that the Mirror Empire is no more. This is why we need to treat individual books and series like there own unique microsm alternate universes. After all you never know when the next movie or show will do something contrary to what they say. I.E. Star Trek Enterprise a early kirk book lists the Enterprise as a constellation class. Good thing the books aren’t cannon so the cannonistas cant go crazy…
Also…….. I can see the Braga bashing coming already and I will just say that i feel he deserves a chance. He wrote some very quality Trek over the years and although he is sadled in the B&B duo I have always viewed him as the lesser of two evils.

6. Aaron R. - June 15, 2012

Oh and speaking of not cannon… Didnt I read somewhere that Uhura went through several unofficial first names in several books before it settled down into Nyota… Which of course was finally made official in 2009. I still remember people in the theater clapping when it was finally said on screen.

7. Anthony Pascale - June 15, 2012

Well Brannon Braga created more canon about the Borg than any other person, so I think he has a right to chose to ignore some books he probably hasn’t even heard of. That’s the deal with Star Trek, unlike with Star Wars, the expanded universe doesn’t always fit together (especially between books, comics and games).

The good news is that within the expanded universe for the new movie JJuniverse, Bad Robot/Kurtzman/Orci are keeping tabs on the comics and the game (and hopefully future books) to make sure that everything ties together.

8. Craiger - June 15, 2012

I guess this comic doesn’t follow the Destiny trilogy books?

9. Aaron R. - June 15, 2012

Also… maybe it does line up with the books and they have used a clever sci fi twist to re-introduce the Borg. Remember in science fiction nothing is ever dead for sure… Nothing can’t be creatively changed later.

10. Brandon - June 15, 2012

Comic sounds awesome! Also this is for #1. All Trek mediums outside what is on screen and related towards the new JJ trek is non canon. That means books and comics are not canon in the original timeline. So says the late great Gene Roddenberry.

11. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - June 15, 2012

I think what Brannon is doong is a good thing. He did do most of the Borg Writting and therefore he should be able to Write a Comic Noval with Picard and the Borg. I only wish they would make a movie about it as well.

12. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - June 15, 2012

As for Cannon Book’s. I have read over 100 plus Trek Noval’s and I tell you there is a lot of Contradiction’s. Except for Trek 09 Comicks all Trek Book’s are on there own and NOT Cannon. Most are great read’s though and very Enjoyable. But not Cannon.

13. PEB - June 15, 2012

I definitely wouldnt mind reading this. It’ll give me a dip back into the prime universe while I’m still very much enjoying the JJverse. But I’ll be honest, I’ve had a little Borg fatigue. It’s like, they took the most theatening force in Trek history and systematically stripped them of being threatening so now I just dont get the same thrill from the Borg like I once did. If nothing else, treat them like the Reapers. If you go up against the Borg, civilization should barely ever have a chance of coming out on the other side. …but that’s just my 2 cents. What do I know

14. saavik001 - June 15, 2012

Haven’t they mined this species to death already? I’d rather see some Dominion one-shots. A lot more interesting villians. Voyager ruined the Borg for me.

15. Bill Peters - June 15, 2012

Will Read Still mad at him for the Enterprise ending and the fact that we didn’t get a season 5!

16. Christopher Roberts - June 15, 2012

Not having read Destiny books, I have no problem with this.

I’d equally have no objections to a Star Trek Enterprise comic doing a different take to Pocket Books. Should one ever happen. COME ON! It’s been 11 years since it launched. Surely the show should get at least one?

This image alone…
…from the upcoming Federation reference book, SPEAKS VOLUMES about the potential plot.

17. Christopher Roberts - June 15, 2012

16. (continued) Another bit of ENT era artwork to be found in the book…

All screengrabbed from this video HERE:

18. Vice_Admiral_Baxter - June 15, 2012

@ post number 5:

That’s the definition of canon for traditional TREK, now with JJ & Co. in control they include the JJ TREK comics and video games at this point. I am sure once they start doing books they will be considered canon as well.

19. Craiger - June 15, 2012

I wonder if in that comic Seven is a member of the Enteprise E crew and what rank and position she would hold? Maybe a Commander and a Science Officer?

20. Chris Roberts - June 15, 2012

Surprising really, nobody has ever come forward with that fifth TNG movie idea and done it as a comic book.

That “Justice League of Trek” idea in the back of somebody’s mind, had Nemesis not been the end of the Prime Universe films.

21. TrekMadeMeWonder - June 15, 2012

Yeah, I wonder how JJ’s career would be doing without Trek.

But then I think about Brannon’s.

: o

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: )

Just kidding. You guys are great!

But, now I wonder what the Borg are up too.

22. pissed off virgin vulcan basement nerd - June 15, 2012

Vidi; Veni.

23. Pointing Out The Obvious - June 15, 2012

By your own definition, this wouldn’t be considered canon either.

The pocket book story line (which also includes comics that are part of the New Frontier franchise penned by Peter David, published by Wildstorm Comics), is an amazing universe.

There’s no rhyme or reason why you would make something that flies in the face of what has taken years to build, which has its beginnings with Peter David’s Starfleet Academy young adult novels in ’93, and now includes the DS9 and Voyager relaunch, the SCE franchise, the New Frontier franchise, the continuing TNG franchise, the Titan franchise, and now continuing with the Typhon Pact series which is really getting amazing with the spectacular cliffhanger at the end of Plagues of Night.

All of these novels (well over a 100 novels, short stories and novellas), all have interwoven connecting story lines contributing to a greater universe.

As an Avid fan of the Star Wars novels (Timothy Zahn’s Hand of Thrawn series is by and far one of the best set of novels I’ve ever read), I was literally jumping out of my skin in nerdy excitement when the Pocket Books novels started a continuous story lines. Star Wars has enjoyed this for years (since anything published under star wars is considered Canon with a few exceptions from the early novels after the original EpIV came out, and the infamous Christmas special), which spans Movies, video games, comics, novels, TV shows, and more.

I would love for this comic series to be an illustrated version of the Borg Invasion of 2381 from the novels, which would be entirely possible since CBS owns the rights to both properties. I’d buy that, but not this Braga taint.

He had his shot at making Trek, and it road it right into the dirt, with him and Berman being the main reason that when ENT left the air in 2005, it marked the fist time in 18 years there hadn’t been a Trek on TV.

This man literally kills what ever show or project he has his hands on.

24. Pointing Out The Obvious - June 15, 2012

How’d JJ do with out Trek?

He’s produced, written or directed (sometimes all 3), many a blockbuster in his career, which includeds Armageddon, Super 8, Cloverfield, and MI:III & IV, as well as alot of great TV shows, like Lost, Alias, Fringe, and Alcatraz.

I’d say he’d do just fine to be honest.

25. JP - June 15, 2012

Brannon writing a time travel Borg story set in the TNG universe? Why not? Enough time has passed that I’m ready for one of his wacky high concept Trek stories.

26. "Check the Circuit!" - June 15, 2012

Will have to check it out at least.

27. Bucky - June 15, 2012

So which story do fans accept for their personal canon? Destiny or this one? Throw more weight into Braga’s story because he was a writer on the show & wrote the majority of the Borg stories?

28. Red Dead Ryan - June 15, 2012

Prime Universe novels and comics are different from each other. Both are different from the Prime Universe movies and series. So, you have the Prime Universe tv and movies, which are canon. PU comics and books are different takes on the PU. Comics-verse, novels-verse, and screens-verse. Three sub-universes of the PU.

Not to be confused with the AU, in which comics, novels, and the movies will line up with each other as part of the same canon. The AU looks to be much simpler, and more like the Expanded Universe of “Star Wars”.

29. I'm Dead Jim - June 15, 2012

More Borg? Makes it seem like the intro of the Borg was TNG’s greatest contribution to the Trek universe. Say it ain’t so!

30. jas_montreal - June 15, 2012

As much as some fans like me have issues with Brannon, im certainly welcome to his return. Its nice to have a old-timer come back and add/contribute to the stories that made this franchise.

31. Ensign RedShirt - June 15, 2012

I’m in. Welcome back to the fold, Mr. Braga.

32. Tdrake1701 - June 15, 2012

A) Maybe he should read Mack’s books
B) “Time Jumping” – No really? Braga?
C) “Final Chapter in the Borg Saga” …Until I think of something else to ca$h in on and contradict myself

33. DeShonn Steinblatt - June 15, 2012

Again with the borg. Oh, joy.

34. Red Dead Ryan - June 15, 2012

Yeah, I’ll wait till the comics come out before I judge. It could suck, it could rock. Who knows? We’ll just have to wait and see.

35. Basement Blogger - June 15, 2012

Sounds great. Looks great. And Seven looks marvelous. Va-va-va-voom. Good luck Brannon.

36. Bucky - June 15, 2012

Oh, anybody else notice on the cover they used First Contact Locutus as reference instead of Best of Both Worlds Locutus? Which one of those is canon?! I’d say the FC look was Locutus before he was fully Borged by the time the Enterprise ran into him again.

37. VZX - June 15, 2012

Cool, my man Braga has to eat! I’ll definitely check this comic out!

38. Red Dead Ryan - June 15, 2012


I preferred the FC look for Locutus. More detail. Plus it better depicted Picard’s transformation into the ugly cybernetic monster.

39. sean - June 15, 2012


Exactly. None of it is canon. Star Wars includes the novels, but Trek never has. If it isn’t on screen, it isn’t official. And really, plenty of the Pocket Books novels contradict each other. What’s the BFD?

40. Sebastian S. - June 15, 2012

This may be worth a look, but frankly Brannon Braga is not enough to really make me excited about it. VGR was largely his baby, and IMO it was cookie-cutter Star Trek.

I read a recent Borg novel (“Resistance”) and it just felt like I was reading a generic TNG story with a few extra characters added in. The Borg remained as toothless a threat as the VGR series had rendered them.

I then remembered why I pretty much ‘gave up’ on TNG and VGR. Reset buttons, playing it safe with characters, lack of real conflict, etc. Boring hallmarks of a lot of 1990s Star Trek. DS9 and season 4 of ENT are pretty much the only post-TOS ST I can still sink my teeth into these days (I blame the bold remake of Battlestar Galactica for ruining my palette for the staid, safer ST stories of TNG and VGR).

Again, I might leaf through this new story (more for 1990s nostalgia than anything else) but my expectations are significantly lowered.

41. sisko - June 15, 2012

Oh. Joy. Brannon Braga writing about the Borg and Time Travel. Who didn’t see that coming…

Sad part is… I’ll still read it. I need help.

42. danielcraigismywookiebitchnow - June 15, 2012

Remember in science fiction nothing is ever dead for sure… Nothing can’t be creatively changed later…. Except for Prime Kirk, nothing can ever be done to bring him back to life after having died underneath a rusty twisted broken bridge.
sorry ArronR couldnt resist

43. Pointing Out The Obvious - June 15, 2012

@40, keep reading the novels. Greater than the Sum was amazing, while Before Dishonor wasn’t Peter David’s best work, but the Destiny Trilogy is some of the best Trek novels written to date.

44. Pointing Out The Obvious - June 15, 2012


Here’s the ‘BFD': You’re being taken advantage of, and here’s why.

Say someone who is a big fan of the novels (like myself), and has read them all, and loves the deep, rich universe that has been built. They see this comic and buy it. They read it and they find out that it has nothing to do with the Novel Universe at all.

They feel cheated, and that they’ve wasted their money.

The biggest problem I have with being a Trekkie is that Paramount, CBS, and people like Braga know that the fans of Star Trek are very passionate (putting that lightly btw) about it. But instead of respecting that passion, they exploit it almost every chance they get, either through the price of their DVDs, or producing crap like this comic that doesn’t respect the literature before it.

Its because of this I’ve never bought any of the series dvd’s because they’re insanely over priced.

Example: the TNG dvd complete series is $340. I can’t even wrap my head around that price. Its just NOT worth that much. Neither is the $155 TOS remaster blu-ray, or the $200 Enterprise Standard definition (although the series was filmed in HD) dvd box set, neither are the $340 Voyager and DS9 Box Sets.

For instance, the Complete series of Friends is 140 dollars that series was a hell of alot more expensive to produce.

Another example: The Compete West Wing box set is around 180-200 dollars. That series I can understand, Aaron Sorkin penned most of the series, and they had an A-list actor (Martin Sheen) cast as the lead role, and it had one hell of a production value.

This is exploitation of the fandom, and is disrespectful.

45. Pointing Out the Obvious to Pointing out the Obvious. - June 16, 2012

I also have way to much time on my hands. I mean I’m talking about something that doesn’t exist. It’s disrespectful that I don’t understand basic business practices.

I don’t understand that if we want more Star Trek Paramount has to make tons and tons of money off of it.

I don’t understand that while the Star Trek universe is not based on monetary gain…the real world is.

I don’t understand that when I purchase a licensed Star Trek collectible or dvd I’m helping to ensure that the franchise survives.

If they respected that passion and lowered their prices so they would not make as large of a profit we would have no more Trek.

I don’t understand a lot of things…

46. Corinthian7 - June 16, 2012

This is a great coup for IDW and I’m as excited for this as when they announced Bob Orci’s involvement in the Countdown series. I can understand concern from those that have investesed a lot of time into the novels and I hope they do find a way to respect continuity but if they don’t then I can live with this. However I think I’m clearly in the minority as I consider the Destiny trilogy to be vastly overrated. I found the plot to be predictable and Picard came across as an incompetent idiot whilst Dax was presented as some kind of super captain. I really wanted to like that series but it came across too much like fan fiction for my tastes.

47. Jim Nightshade - June 16, 2012

I liked the borg…dont think they were overused…in vgr…it was great to see the queen again…felt the same at vegas with borg 4d haha–u cant worry bout stories conflucting since none are canon anyway…this comic looks great to me—psp owners u can dl most of the idw trek key too on the psp far i boughtk the movie adaptation issues, a gold key adv…etc..its great…

48. pilotfred - June 16, 2012

it sound very good just why brannon ?
i will give it a go as he did start off very good maybe the break away from trek has done him so good

49. Danny - June 16, 2012

I don’t follow the books, but I’m one of those people who loves the idea of moving forward.

I loved the Hidden Frontier fan series, but I also love a Spanish fan fiction series – and with some of the post-Nemesis games etc. STO there is no definite continuity. I guess thats ok as long a good story is told.

I like the characters moving forward, so it’ll be interesting to see who shows up. Riker on the Titan? Worf on ds9 or the Enterprise? I like the idea of Star Trek Universe, so hopefully Seven isn’t the only guest character. I love a good crossover. :)

Joe Corroney is a fantastic artist, and Braga wrote 8 & 9 so it should feel like a new TNG movie

50. Razorgeist - June 16, 2012


Braga didnt write 9 Braga co-wrote Generations, and First Contact.

Honestly I think this sounds rather interesting and I have enjoyed quite a few of Braga’s episodes. Plus comics might be more suited to his style.

51. William Kirk - June 16, 2012

Braga and time travel :-) Has he ever written a non-time-travel story? :-D

52. trekkie - June 16, 2012

I’ll definitely gonna check this out. Seven in a Starfleet uniform is intriguing. Also I never liked the destiny trilogy or the current state of the novels so I’m excited to see something alternative. Afterall none of this is canon.

53. Khan 2.0 - June 16, 2012

i think we will se ethe borg as the main villains in Trek 3… Although the borg have been done to death on TNG (& VOY/ENT) and in a prior film, they are firmly a TNG era villain and we have never seen Kirk and Co have anything to do with them (bar a comic in the Star Trek Manga series and Shatners ‘The Return’) – plus post Q Who/BOBT part 1 (when the borg were at their most menacing) theyve always seemed to have a spokesperson which kinda lessened their impact somewhat – so while initially it would seem they are treading old ground itd would actually be fresh if it was Kirk and Spock vs a non Locutus/Lore/Queen led borg…. it would be interesting to see how Kirk faces up against a Ridley Scott style borg – Star Trek does Aliens mixed with Terminator (like FC) – leaning more toward horror Sci F. plus fans would obviously be intrigued with how Kirk, Spock deal with the borg threat – almost a TOS vs TNG thing going down

-There was a hint of the borg in the new film (Neros ship – ok that was just a reference in Countdown but the design of the interior and green hues of the stations certainly had me thinking ‘borg technology’)…plus B Orci & AK refer to Best of Both Worlds on the final page of CD

-We havent seen the origin of the borg yet or the borg homeworld – so the origins could be explored (like Ridley Scott did with Prometheus) could V’ger even be involved? (ok it wasnt too popular but TMP was the biggest box office Trek movie b4 this one when adjusted – borg tech appears in Countdown & Vger appears in the Nero comics and im sure there was a novel that ties Vger into the origin of the borg – was it Shatners The Return? )

-The studio will want to capitalise on the popularity of Trek – going with a new interpretation of a previously established villain like Khan or the borg will certainly do that. Paramount had big box office success with First Contact, far more so than any of the other TNG films (or Trek V and VI for that matter)…the main reason behind its success was The Borg of course…and Best Of Both Worlds part 1 is regarded as TNGs finest hour (next to Yesterdays Enterprise) and just about changed American dramatic television (the season cliffhanger)…

-by the time Trek 3 comes round in 2015 it’ll have been as good as 20 years since the borg were on the big screen. (and 13 since last appearance in Trek) high time for a reboot!

-Robotics/cybernetic type aliens are in vogue thanks to the continuing installments of Transformers (u can see its influence on many SF films – Cowboys/Aliens, Battleship etc) – i dont see it fading anytime soon

i think Trek09 and its sequels will be kinda like ‘greatest hits’ of Trek (like the Brosnan Bond films) and will focus on the more popular villians in TOS (& maybe TNG) as opposed to anything lesser know or totally new so i think we’ll get a Khan and Klingons (maybe both in the same film like Joker and two face in TDK) and since the Borg are one of the most popular Trek villians (along with Khan, Klingons and Romulans)..and certainly the most popular villains of the TNG era Trek its not impossible we’ll see them take centre stage in the 3rd or maybe 4th film…

54. Great Scott! - June 16, 2012

@3, 32:
Time jumping does not necessarily mean time travel. It could mean nothing more than flashbacks (a story spanning multiple time periods), or, it could mean a slightly less used approach such as a character’s mind jumping through time (like All Good Things or similar). Or, it could mean straight up First Contact style time travel… The point is, we don’t know yet.

55. CarlG - June 16, 2012

Canon schmanon. Is it a GOOD STORY? If yes, then READ IT.

56. EM - June 16, 2012

I don’t read the books. The Borg are really gone? I’m sure that a good writer can bring them back.

57. Niall Johnson - June 16, 2012

Look, to all those getting into a twist about Canon I have one question:


Just enjoy the comics and books on their own merits,

58. Nick Cook - June 16, 2012

Really looking forward to this. Sounds like fun!

59. Odradek - June 16, 2012

Wasn’t Braga a guy trekkies used to hate?
Beeing a mindless trekdrone I will read this anyway :(

60. Danny - June 16, 2012

Interesting regarding the green STAR TREK: HIVE cover:

Here it at least looks drawn (you can photoshop to make photos look so) while at 8of5 (great resource btw) it’s clearly using live action pictures:

61. Mark - June 16, 2012


I – on the other hand – will read this just because it doesn’t follow the destiny trilogy or the post destiny novels continuity which are worst than fanfiction. I prefer more what the comics countdown did to the TNG characters than what the novels did to them. Plus in the comics Data returns!

62. Chistopher - June 16, 2012

Only the alternative universe comics and the official prequel of the Star Trek movie (Countdown) are considered canon by the writers. All other non screen material are as fanon as fanfiction. Don’t confuse things with the Star Wars EU.

63. SuperBat - June 16, 2012

That cover is extremely lazy.

I only hope Braga’s work on the inside isn’t also lazy, like much of his work on Voyager and Enterprise.

64. Newman - June 16, 2012

Who cares about those cheesy pocket books novels?

65. VZX - June 16, 2012

Not for nothing, but Braga’s work on TNG was awesome. “Cause and Effect” is one of my favorites. His work declined in later years, but I think that’s cause he was distracted by Jeri Ryan’s, ahem, gifts.

66. MJ - June 16, 2012

Why are they doing this — hasn’t the Berman crowd done enough to Trek already?

67. Khan 2.0 - June 16, 2012

maybe they shouldve just done another Borg movie for Nemesis. they had Klingons as villains in III, V, and VI (and VII) so they couldve done the Borg again to ensure some extra $ so the film series didnt crash and burn (something like the cover there wouldve made a cool poster – esp if theyd had Jeri Ryan in it : )

what story though? obviously not another earth invasion thing. couldve instead explored the borg origins (opening flashback scene of first Borg created) … then had the Ent E (with Seven of Nine as new crew member) sent to investigate some troubling disturbance in far reaches of unexplored space – encounter new improved borg, more alien not so machiney…no queen…something that would tie into their origins (prometheus style) maybe a twist – something to do with Vger.. anyway at the end the Ent would have to stop nuBorg from reaching federation space – Data is killed saving the ship etc

68. Khan 2.0 - June 16, 2012

btw that cover reminded me of Nemesis – all the green. thats why i thought the borg shudve been in it (anyway the borg were far more Picards nemesis than any juvenile whiney clone)

69. J. - June 16, 2012

Yay a new TNG story that goes against the continuity of the novels! I’m already sold! And Seven on the enterprise? More awesomeness! Ican’t wait to see what Picard, Worf, Data, Crusher, Geordi, Riker and Troi are doing! I hope it ties in with the Countdown series which was great. But even if is not if the story is good I have no problem. It’s all fiction.

70. Tompkins - June 16, 2012

21- Brannon Braga helped revive 24 after the series slipped into life support territory, for which I am eternally grateful.

71. Christopher Roberts - June 16, 2012

^ Manny Coto helped a bit there too… I think you’ll find!

I hope he heads up the writing team, when Star Trek returns to TV.

And it will… if I had my way.

72. nx-2000 - June 16, 2012

Anthony – about your #7 comment, Orci and Kurtzmann are veteran Trek fans, if I remember right, and I’m pretty sure that given the fact that they used bits and pieces from the Expanded Universe in ST:09, they’re probably just as aware of how tough it can be to have an Expanded Universe that contradicts itself – and what’s considered “canon” – on a regular basis.

On the other hand, though, I guess having a non-canon Expanded Universe can be a bit helpful – it allows the writers to be more creative and be free to change things up a bit if that’s how they see their story going, and I guess it also allows the Expanded Universe to be “bypassed for later” if you’re a new Trek fan on a time crunch to learn about the franchise.

I’m sure the Star Wars universe must be really hard to fully learn about since their canon Expanded Universe means that outside the movies and TV shows, you’ve got a lot of books, comics and video games to read up on…

73. Promoboy - June 16, 2012

Don’t mind if they go against the book continuity.
After all… the books killed off Janeway. (I’ll never understand why they felt that was necessary.)
Though I’m no fan of his work, I am looking forward to Braga’s latest take on the Borg/TNG universe. Trek fans should give him a break… unless he really screws it up

74. Andrews - June 16, 2012

Go away, Brannon Braga. No thanks for destroying Star Trek.

75. Craig Henry - June 16, 2012

Interesting to see Seven with her hair down, but her pose looks very out-of-character, unless the point is that she acts nothing like she did in the past (which might be an interesting plot point).

76. Simon - June 16, 2012

#74 – Go away, fan who hasn’t got a clue.

I must say Seven looks good in a TNG-film era uniform.

77. Jason - June 17, 2012

I’d rather read Braga’s new comic then watch JJ’s new “Trek” movie.

78. falkan - June 17, 2012

Definitely interested in this. The TNG storyline was cut far too short with its (cinematic) end at Nemesis.

79. Robert H. - June 17, 2012

I’ll stick with Star Trek: Destiny when it comes to the final confrontation with the Borg, but will still check it out when I can.

80. Jonboc - June 17, 2012

The Borg again, really? They wore out their welcome with me long ago. Aside from their first two appearances, I found them a very lack-luster opponent…right down to their name. Borg….as in cyBORG…. half man, half machine. Not very original, in either concept or execution.

81. Liz - June 17, 2012

Is it September yet? Personally not only I don’t mind that it doesn’t follow the novelverse continuity but I’ m very glad it doesn’t. The novel’s authors and editors made many decisions in the past few years that I don’t agree with – they killed off Janeway, they refuse to bring Data back, they made Ezri, the counselor a Captain, Ro, the turncoat a captain but no Worf or Data. They neglected many popular and fan favorite characters because they don’t like them and they promote characters that fans don’t like but they’re the authors’ favorites etc. I gave up the books and I’m happy I’ll be reading a new TNG era material that goes against them.

82. David C - June 17, 2012

Brannon Braga returns to the Trekverse and it’s a time travel story about the Borg. Quelle Surprise!


83. Peter - June 17, 2012

Who cares if it doesn’t follow the novels? The novels are crap anyway! Oh and Seven looks hot is starfleet uniform.

84. FtW - June 17, 2012

Commodore Mike, by judging your writing – how come you can read, Dude??

85. MJ - June 17, 2012

On this cover, Picard looks like he could use some Clearasil.

86. MJ - June 17, 2012

@84. Commodore Mike can think at least. Not sure your post makes the cut for sentient-level thinking.

87. Ken - June 17, 2012

@71 Liz in the PDC Worf is the 1st officer of the enterise now

88. Ken - June 17, 2012

sorry i meant @81 then lol damn eyesight!


89. Liz - June 17, 2012

Yes I know that Worf is first officer but I was just saying that he deserved to become a captain before Ezri, which was still an ensign when he commanded the defiant during the war or Ro who left starfleet to become a Maquis. The same goes for Data and Geordi and Beverly Crusher and many more characters who proved their worth in canon. Hey I’m not saying that all those characters should become captains I’m just saying that if they needed more captains these are far better choices than for instance Ezri or Ro. Also what was the need to kill off Janeway? Or why reduce the role of other fan favourite characters only to introduce new characters in their places with no significant differences? I get it, things change, time passes, people move on, they die etc but it’s (science) fiction, I buy the novels so I can read about the characters I love, not to get lessons about real life. And I wouldn’t mind all these things if there was a better balance between the novels: some stand alone novels what would not follow the current unofficial continuity or set during the series or something like that. This is why I welcome this comic or the Countdown series, because they give a different perspective.

90. Val - June 17, 2012

I can’t wait! I loved the Countdown comics and the new ongoing series in the alternative universe and I hope Hive is just as good. Let’s hope they bring Data back.

91. Reyes - June 17, 2012

Ezri is the most incompetent and boring character, they made her a captain for real? I’m thankful I didn’t spend any money on the novels. Anyway to the point, although I’m tired of the borg and this sounds so much like first contact I’ll check the comics because I miss the TNG crew so much and can’t wait to see what they re up to after Nemesis.

92. Nuallain - June 17, 2012

I have no objection to this, really. But the fact that the blurb starts off with a future where the Borg have already won, along with the fact that it’s by Brannon Braga does kind of suggest it stays firmly in overly familiar Time Travel Reset Button territory and be hard to invest in as a result.

(By the way is just me or is Seven wearing Commander’s pips on that cover: the new first officer?)

93. Kate - June 17, 2012

I’m excited about this! I’ve missed the Star Trek: The Next Generation’s crew and characters and I’m really anxious to see what’s Seven role is.

94. david - June 17, 2012

I seriously hope this comic will contradict the horrible destiny novels

95. sean - June 17, 2012


This comic doesn’t erase the continuity you prefer and no one is forcing you to read it. But it will clearly appeal to fans that don’t give two shakes about the Pocket Books continuity (and it’s clear just from the comments here that plenty of folks actively dislike that continuity). You can choose to follow whatever continuity you want. Why that constitutes ‘exploitation’ or ‘disrespect’ on Paramount’s behalf is a mystery to me.

96. Orb of Wisdom - June 18, 2012

@67 no, Nemesis should have been a Dominion movie. Anything would have been better than that travesty of a ‘fire 45 torpedoes and we’re out of torpedoes, on a starship that was supposed to be built to fight the Borg and the Dominion, movie LOL

97. Jeyl - June 18, 2012

Ah, it’s the Borg Tactical Cube that we saw from Unimatrix Zero. Given that Voyager, a single scientific ship was able to fight it head on without so much as a scratch, there’s no reason why the Enterprise E shouldn’t be able to wipe out a whole fleet of them with one quantum torpedo.

Welcome back Brannon.

98. Jeyl - June 18, 2012


YAY! for Seven wearing a star fleet uniform!

BOO! for looking needlessly sultry.

99. Shaun - June 18, 2012

“Ah, it’s the Borg Tactical Cube that we saw from Unimatrix Zero. Given that Voyager, a single scientific ship was able to fight it head on without so much as a scratch, there’s no reason why the Enterprise E shouldn’t be able to wipe out a whole fleet of them with one quantum torpedo.”

ah, voyager…the star trek series without real consequences. a time travel story from mr. braga? i doubt anyone saw that one coming.

100. chris - June 18, 2012

@23 this isn’t the first time the destiny novels will be ignored, star trek online contradicts the events in the novels, the official prequel comics for the 2009 movie ignores them and even many novels contradict others. This is no different. You may accept the novels as your personal continuation of the series – and you have every right to do so and you can continue enjoy them – but that doesn’t make them more valid than the other projects. And one more thing: the pocket books continuity started in 2001 with the ds9 relaunch, in the 90s the majority of the novels were stand alone and most of them were contradicted by canon material. Even in the 2000s there are many novels that don’t fit in the destiny continuity like Shatner’s novel series.

101. Daniel Warren Ring - June 18, 2012

Canon, shamnon. Just tell a good story, that’s what matters.

102. spock's girl - June 18, 2012

What is all this concern about continuity? I’ll take a good story over a barren and unimaginative continuity any day. How many different versions of Superman do we have? How many times was batman rebooted? Was the Avengers movie any less awesome because black widow was not one of the original members? Did Spock’s resurrection limited my enjoyment of twok? No way! Would I object in a possible return of Data or Jadzia or Sisko or Janeway? Of course not, they’re great characters and any well written story that brings them back is welcome. It’s fiction not reality, it’s all made up. Every franchise that lasted more that 40 years had reboots, retcons and reset buttons, that is inevitable and star trek is no exemption. In a universe with parallel realities, with beings with godlike powers like Q, where time travel is another day at the job continuity would be my last concern.

103. Thomas - June 18, 2012

My only hope for the comics is to deliver a great story. I don’t care if the fit with the novels or not. I don’t like the latest novels anyway; they blatantly contradict the canon events or the writers interpret canon events in their own liking in order to fit their stories. Not cool!

104. George Zip - June 18, 2012

I gave up on the TNG relaunch novels when the Borg came into play. Was absolutely sick of them. Once I saw the premise for “Losing the Peace”, I went ahead and got the series of books and got caught up. Very enjoyable, but I have no desire to see them brought back in any way, shape, or form. (of course, to each his own)

Got to say, this is why I so much more enjoy the TOS era novels; the universe is still pretty small, per se, and a funner sandbox to play in. The TNG era stuff ain’t bad either — there’s some real gems in there (VENDETTA comes immediately to mind) — but once you start doing the multi-book crossovers, it just becomes more like work rather than fun.

105. Gary Makin - June 18, 2012

The Borg should be rebooted for Star Trek 3. Return them to Q Who? drones.

HR Giger isn’t getting any younger…

106. raddestnerd - June 18, 2012

I thought Picard killed the Borg in FIRST CONTACT?
When they re-emerged in VOYAGER, they never explained it!
Now this?!

107. NightWatcher - June 19, 2012

Was it just me or was Seven wearing not only a uniform but LTC rank pips?

108. Jedi Knight - June 19, 2012

Great news! It’s been so long since we last see the next generation crew.
This and the alternative comics will fill the void till the new movie comes out.

@107 Yes it seems that she holds the rank of Lt. Commander.
I’m really curious to see what’s the stardate the main story will take place. Is it going to be a direct sequel of Nemesis? Will Captain Riker and Titan be part of the story? Is Data going to return? I can’t wait to find out!

I hope the artwork will be great too! I like the green color cover. The latest IDW comics (Coutdown, the nu ongoing series, Nero comics) have done a great job with the art and the likeness of the characters!

109. Sam - June 19, 2012

I guess they don’t want to sell any comics if they get Braga do it. I would use this comic to line my litter box. He destroyed Trek and now we have the Pine crew of wannabe’s.

110. draderman - June 19, 2012


111. Darren - June 20, 2012

The novels are atrocious, I’ve stopped reading them when they killed off Janeway and made Sisko and Picard look like incompetent idiots and Ezri (the scrappy Dax) a captain before more worthy characters.

I’m willing to give this a chance althought the borg are overused and I would prefer if Orci and Kurtzman were writing. Countdown was amazing and they seem to have a better vision for the characters nowadays.
Picard as an ambassador, Data as the captain of the Enterprise-E, Worf as a General in KDF and LaForge as a designer of the Jellyfish is better than anything I’ve read about the future of these characters.

112. Trekkie - June 22, 2012

1. The comic sounds cool

2. The novels are just licenced fan-fiction and not everyone reads them. Brannon Braga probably hasn’t even heard them, let alone make his story fit with them.

It’s a story celebrating TNG’s 25th anniversary, I’m all for go on a different route from the novels.

113. Captain William Riker - June 24, 2012

I’ve stopped buying the novels when they’ve promoted Ezri to Captain and killed Janeway. That was a slap in the face of the fans. I hope the comics will avoid follow the novels. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.