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June 19, 2017

Summer Challenge is the perfect time to do things with your family. Your space family from Star Trek: The Next Generation that is.

With its beige interiors, trance-inducing engine noise, and zero conflict between characters dictate imposed by the show’s creator, Star Trek: The Next Generation was the space opera version of domestic idle. To many, the crew of the of the USS Enterprise-D was an idealized substitute space family.

If prequels and cash cow reboots have you screaming, “I want my family back!” be stilled. You can get your family back in comics form with Hive by Brannon Braga and Joe Corroney.

Hive starts where the show Star Trek: Voyager stops. Upon USS Voyager’s return to earth, Captain Picard recruits Seven of Nine to be a sleeper agent inside the Borg. What could ever go wrong? Everything, and everything fans want is here: Borg, time travel, (did I mention Borg) and Worf leading squad of Vulcan suicide commandos. Forget idle, set your phasers to blow-stuff-up.

Joe Corroney’s panels keep an action movie pace. His pencils are not too showy and that’s a good thing. They don’t get in the way of the story. Speaking of story, Braga was the long time writer / producer on The Next Generation and Voyager. Few writers are more familiar with these characters. If you've read this far, you're probably familiar with those characters too. Though there is a lot of pew-pew-pew in Hive, it echoes the challenging ethical issues tackled in the Next Generation episode “I, Borg.” When’s it okay to genocide? Probably never.

If you read Hive--log some Summer Challenge points. If you read to the end of this review--log some Summer Challenge points too.



Bryan is a librarian at Nashville Public Library. Bryan enjoys board games, bikes, and free software. His only star is Trek.