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Myriad Universes: The Star Lost Part 1: The Flight of the Albert Einstein

I'm no comics scholar. I've said as much in the past, so those who are way more knowledgeable about the subject are free to correct me, but I personally don't recall trade paperback reprints of current monthly comics to be that big of a thing in the Long 1980s. There were more traditional graphic novels and omnibuses that collected rare and out of print issues, but to my knowledge it wasn't so common to see compilation editions for lines that were still in circulation. From my admittedly limited experience, that didn't start to become a standard part of the industry until sometime around the dawn of the 2000s.

Having said that, in 1993, with three years of life still left in the line, DC's Star Trek: The Next Generation started to release trade paperbacks. There were of course things like that Best Of... collection we've been talking at length about, but the real curiosity amongst these trades was one of the earliest: The Star Lost, collecting issues 20-24 of the monthly ...

Myriad Universes: The Lesson

“The Lesson” is a story that could never have been made on the TV series. This is highly unusual to say, because, with the exception of a particularly lavish holodeck environment, the entire story takes place on the Enterprise and there's not a single “effects shot” apart from the exterior view of the ship in the first panel. Normally, one would expect the comic book to tell stories that were too complex or expensive to film, but this is an extraordinarily intimate and low-stakes story the existence of which reveals some odd truths about how curiously inverted the roles of the two main series have become by now.

“The Lesson” is also perfect Star Trek: The Next Generation, standing shoulder to shoulder with “The Wounded” as something utterly and incomparably definitive.

It's not so much a story as it is an interlocking series of vignettes all centred around the concept of learning and growth. Beverly confesses to Deanna that it's her birthday today and she's depressed not because anybody forgot, but because she thinks shes getting older and feels past her prime. Commander Riker is giving a guest ...

Myriad Universes: Whoever Fights Monsters Part 4

We open with the passage that gives this issue (and thus the series in general considering I've jacked the phrase for rhetorical purposes) its title as Admiral Rosenstrum confides in Captain Picard in the ready room.

“I owe you an apology, Jean-Luc. As it turns out, you knew exactly what you were doing. If you'd listened to me, the Beta Tarsus colony would have been obliterated – Just like the Nairobi and the Merrimac before it.”

“I appreciate the praise admiral, but you didn't call me in here just to congratulate me, correct?”

“Not entirely, no. As your superior officer, Jean-Luc, it's my duty to quote Starfleet policy at this juncture.”

“Policy, admiral?”

“That's right. And policy dictates that as long as we have any options at all, we avoid destroying that other ship.”

“I trust you're familiar with Nietzsche?”

“The philosopher? Yes, I am.”

“It was he who said 'Whoever fights monsters should see to it that he does not become a monster.'”

“'And when you look long into any abyss, the abyss also looks into you.' I know the quote. What's your point?”

“I don't need any policy to keep me ...

Myriad Universes: Whoever Fights Monsters Part 3: The Impostor

Well, obviously it had to be, right?

The question was never really whether or not there was someone going around besmirching the good name of the Enterprise, but who exactly was doing the impersonating and why. We still don't know that yet, there's one more issue yet to go. But we do get to meet our adversary, and it's a bit unsettling how dead-on their recreation truly is. Before any of that though, the story opens on a genuinely disturbing scene of yet more brutal carnage. Our foe has beat us to Alpha Sarpeidon and murdered another starship, this time the USS Merrimac. And no punches are pulled this time, with the whole gruesome aftermath laid out for us in a lurid full-page spread right when you open the book, complete with lifeless bodies floating in space.

The crew, accompanied by Admiral Rosenstrum, retreat to the observation lounge to discuss their options and come up with a way to track down the killer before it strikes again. This is going to prove difficult, as there's been no obvious pattern in its behaviour to date and Geordi can't ...

Myriad Universes: Whoever Fights Monsters Part 2: The Noise of Justice

In the past, I've expressed my disdain for courtroom dramas (in fact, the last time Star Trek: The Next Generation did a major story of this type, no less). I think they're a cheap way to artificially introduce drama while at the same time potentially dangerously misleading people when it comes to actual legal jurisprudence. Media has power because so much of what we perceive about how the world works is gleaned from it, and it is thus media's responsibility to be accurate should to choose to be realistic (whether it should choose to or not in the first place is another discussion entirely). Deliberately faulty and inaccurate legal information for the sake of conflict is but one way media can do harm and add to the world's darkness-A comparatively small one in the grand scheme of things, but a no less noteworthy one.

So thankfully, even though “The Noise of Justice” is split almost entirely between a hearing room and a holding cell, this isn't actually the kind of story it is. Captain Picard and the rest of the Enterprise crew are obviously innocent, and, more ...

Myriad Universes: Whoever Fights Monsters Part 1: The Pay Off!

One of the big appeals of the comic line back in the day was that because it was a monthly series that ran year 'round, this meant you could get a regular stream of new Star Trek stories even when the show was on summer hiatus. And I'd be willing to be that in Summer, 1990, in the gap between “The Best of Both Worlds” and “The Best of Both Worlds, Part II”, the comic line filled a very desperate demand indeed.

Perhaps that's the reason why the Summer Event miniseries came about. It's odd to talk about such a thing at first, considering pretty much every story in this line belongs to some kind of multipart serial: That's the entire nature of the medium we're dealing with, after all. During the summer months, however, DC would go all-out with a particularly extensive serial that sometimes lasted well into the fall, oftentimes far more heavily hyped than any of their usual fare. These miniseries tended to have big, imposing-sounding titles and could even be collected in trade paperbacks after the fact, while few of the books that ...

Myriad Universes: The Gift

One of the things Star Trek is often praised for going forward is how involved it would get its actors in the creative process. Now admittedly we haven't seen a ton of that so far, especially where Marina Siritis, Denise Crosby and Gates McFadden have been concerned, but this is beginning to change. Shari Goodhartz recalls specifically consulting Brent Spiner during the production of “The Most Toys” to get his input on how Data should behave, there's Patrick Stewart's somewhat infamous alleged meddling in “Captain's Holiday” and Jonathan Frakes is, of course, now one of the show's regular top tier directors. Even Denise Crosby was invited to pitch the basic concept of “Yesterday's Enterprise”, and she'll be the guiding figure spearheading all her return appearances from now on. Yet Crosby's is not the marquee name on any of her stories: One thing the cast member's *haven't* gotten to do yet is pen their own script themselves.

Until now.

“The Gift” is DC's first Star Trek: The Next Generation Annual, a special extended length issue published once a year every year for ...

Myriad Universes: Serafin's Survivors and Shadows in the Garden

Given Star Trek: The Next Generation's steadily climbing ratings and popularity, it was only natural that DC would bring the series back to the world of comics for a second volume and greenlight a monthly tie-in comic to go along with its television counterpart. In much the same way then that “Encounter at Farpoint” was the pilot for the series prior, it could be said that DC's 1987 miniseries was a pilot for this book line. And indeed, DC's Star Trek: The Next Generation would go on to be so successful it actually outlasted the show it was based on, running well into 1996. It probably could've run indefinitely had Paramount not pulled DC's license in lieu of its ill-advised mid-90s “Paramount Comics” partnership with Marvel.

And furthermore, this series comprises an absolutely *massive* chunk of my personal history with Star Trek: The Next Generation, so there's simply no way I couldn't cover it, or indeed no way I could not have it be the dominant form of spin-off media this ...

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