After a delay of several months, Brannon Braga’s bewildering Borg brawl to end all Borg brawls concludes this week, with the fourth and final issue of Star Trek: The Next Generation – Hive. Spoilers, nanoprobes, green Borg goo, Seven, and a poll ahead.
Star Trek: The Next Generation – Hive #4 (of 4)
Story by Brannon Braga, script by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, art by Joe Corroney, ink assists by Matt Fillback and Shawn Fillback, colors by Hi-Fi, letters by Shawn Lee, edited by Scott Dunbier
Data has gone back in time 500 years with a weaponized nano-virus programmed into his neural net. He convinces Picard that the virus can destroy the Borg within hours. To deliver the weapon, Picard must allow himself to be assimilated by the Borg Queen. He asks Seven for assistance. Picard, Data and Seven beam aboard the flagship of the Borg armada. The Borg Queen welcomes Locutus with a passionate injection of nanoprobes while Seven injects Picard with her own nanoprobe filters to conceal the nano-virus from the Queen. The Borg Queen is reduced to a puddle of green goo and the collective begins dying. While the Enterprise stalls for time, Seven attempts to free as many Borg from the collective as she can. Ultimately, Seven saves thousands, but at the cost of her own life. The Borg survivors are given a new colony of their own and Picard is alone with his thoughts at last.
As I was reading the conclusion of the Borg story to end all Borg stories, my mind began to wander, and when the Borg Queen and Locutus are reunited, I began thinking of Arlo Guthrie’s lyrics to Alice’s Restaurant because everyone was getting injected, inspected, detected, infected, neglected and selected (although not necessarily in that order). In the end, I had to ask, Picard, have you rehabilitated yourself?, then wait for the tune to come around again on the guitar to join in the chorus. Really. As I said in the teaser, Brannon Braga’s story, scripted valiantly by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, is bewildering. Maybe I’m just all Borged out. On the plus side, the art by Joe Corroney, the Fillbach brothers and Hi-Fi is sumptuous. You heard me right. Sumptuous. Opulent. Extravagant. Corroney and crew had a blast with this issue. There’s even a near-NSFW page featuring Picard and Seven to go along with the moderately suggestive storyline. Ok, enough of that. I really don’t know if I can recommend this comic. The art is good. The story is weird. Your mileage may vary.
Cover A features the artwork of Joe Corroney. His portrait of Picard, Seven and the Queen is worthy of a movie poster. The photo cover features Locutus and the Queen. The retailer incentive cover by David Messina was cancelled. You can find Hive #4 at your local comic shop this Wednesday, February 27. Don’t forget bag and board protection for this issue. The trade paperback collection of Hive is scheduled for release in April.
Preview of Star Trek: The Next Generation – Hive #4
Which would you prefer for viewing the comic previews provided by IDW Publishing, all the pages together in one PDF file, or each page in a separate JPEG file? Please let me know in the comments.
Mark Martinez is an obsessive-compulsive Star Trek comics reader and collector. You can visit his website, the Star Trek Comics Checklist for more than you ever needed to know about Star Trek comics.