Comic book based on the TV-show, collects issues 1-5.

Writer: Zander Cannon
Artists: Javier Aranda, German Torres-Ruiz, Marc Rueda
Publisher: IDW

Set during the fourth season.

Enterprise-D has answered a distress call from a ship orbiting Allios IV, an ally world of Federation. They find one survivor on the ship who is babbling about seeing ghosts. While Doctor Crusher tend to him, Captain Picard becomes involved in the planet’s political situation. Republic of Juuleth claims to speak for the whole planet. Their application to join the Federation has now been pending for 11 years, because the Federation has reports that there’s a civil war going on between the Juuleth and the Dorossh, the two largest nations on the planet. Picard wants to negotiate with the leaders of both nations.

Supreme Elder Kalkass of Dorossh agrees to meet Picard and the Juuletian’s leader, Speaker Kejaal. However, Kalkass accuses the Juuletians of murder and kidnappings while the Juuletians accuse of Dorosshians breaking every treaty and being backward barbarians.

Meanwhile, the sole survivor from the ship wakes up and says that Captain Picard is one of the ghosts he has been seeing.

This was a nice story. Not one of the best but miles better than the worst TNG episodes. The characters were pretty much in character, and poor Worf got pummeled again. Picard was a diplomat to the end and for once Geordi and Beverly got to work together. Pretty much the only regular cast member who didn’t get to shine was Data which is unusual. I could easily see this story as an episode in TV.

The two leaders of their respective nations are stereotypes to start with: one is the aggressive “barbarian” who accuses the other of assassinations and the other is a smooth-talking civilized progressive man. It’s not easy to try to get them to agree on anything. Riker even loses his cool but Picard doesn’t.

The story rolled forward smoothly but because it came out as a limited series, it has four recap pages which was a bit too much. The art mostly captures the actors’ likenesses, but on some panels they look a lot older than on the show, which is a bit strange since usually characters in tie-in comics tend to look younger.

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