The Next Generation-Highs and lows

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As with any great comic book series based on a licensed television property, DC’s Star Trek: The Next Generation had it’s ups and downs.  They were able to do things that the television show could never do for various reasons, including budgets.  That’s not always a good thing, though, because you can go places that you shouldn’t.  On the whole, the series went to more high places than it did low places, though – which is good.

One of the things that improved the most over time was the artwork.  Take a look at these two covers as an example:

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As you can see (I hope), the artwork is worlds better in the second cover versus the first.  A couple more to make you drool:

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The stories got better as well. We got to see glimpses into the past, like Picard’s command of the Stargazer:

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Which included a look back at his life and a possible court martial (til it’s revealed there’s a second Enterprise out there destroying Federation starships).

We learned more about Worf’s family in ‘Family Reunion’:

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Specifically, we see his son, Alexander, as he struggles to learn what it means to be Klingon.

Guest spots abound, of course. We see Okana (shown above), plus Q, Romulans and Ferengi:

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We saw Borg come and go and away missions fall apart.  As the show evolved and grew, so did the comics.  They really started to find their grove.  But, alas, all things must, eventually pass.

With DC’s run of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the end came with issue #80.

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Similar to the ending of the show itself, the DC run ended with a Q story wherein Picard makes a comment to Data about wishing all his crew were as durable as he.  This was after a funeral.  Q shows up and, in typical Q fashion, grants Picard’s wish – turning the crew into Data-like androids.  Mischief ensues and eventually, the crew is returned to their human forms to once again explore the galaxy.

Just not at DC.  More on that later – but I’m not done with DC yet.  I still want to talk about the 25th anniversary extravaganza…

~P