Wednesday 3 October 2012

Entering the Hive

The latest TNG comic series, Hive, has now started. While in IDW's December solicitations the fourth issue was announced. Here's how they describe that final part of the story:
Continuing the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation! It's climactic finale of one of the most talked about Star Trek events of the year as past and future collide! Past and future intersect as Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Locutus meet to decide the fate of the United Federation of planets -- and the entire Borg Empire!
The omnibus for the series has also appeared on Amazon now, it's listed for February publication, and uses the main first issue cover art:

If you like Joe Corroney's covers you might want to have a look on his Facebook page, where you can see them without the titles in the way. Here are issues 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Meanwhile the series' writer, Brannon Braga, also talked about Hive with Comic Book Resources. He let some big spoilers out of the bag in the process:
Seven of Nine is the only crossover character. We learn that she willingly went back to be assimilated, because she didn't fit in with humanity anymore. And she makes a return appearance. I think the biggest surprise is that Data returns in a very unexpected way.
...there's a time travel aspect. It's not about time travel per se. But yes, the two time periods will meet. We learn that Data's positronic matrix was stored in the hive mind. Locutus rebuilt him as half Data, half Borg. He actually sends that Data back through time. What I like about it, too, is that it has a juicy theme about, is there such a thing as justifiable genocide, even when it's your enemy? Picard has to face that. I was very happy with the way it turned out.
Braga already has in mind possible future ventures with IDW too, including more Star Trek comics, and a possible comic continuation of Terra Nova!:
IDW's already mentioned that they would love to do it again. It was such a fun process for everybody involved that if the book does halfway decent business, I'll do it again for sure.
I'd love to do a "Voyager" book or an "Enterprise" book or something. Things that haven't been done yet in the "Star Trek" universe. I'd love to do a special "Voyager" graphic novel. Find a way to those different shows again.
I think "Terra Nova" would lend itself well, and we've figured out a Season Two we never did. So that's a possibility. IDW would have to work something out with Fox, but that's something that we had a very, very preliminary discussion about.
Finally, if you haven't picked up the first issue yet, here's a seven page preview to tempt you (after the jump), with the return of Locutus, and Vash!:


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