Star Trek The Next Generation – Hive

Comic Book Review – Star Trek The Next Generation – Hive

Star Trek The Next Generation – Hive is the full story (all four issues of HIVE, as originally published), weighing in at a hefty 106 pages.

Star Trek TNG - HIVE Comic Book
Star Trek TNG – HIVE Comic Book

We first meet Locutus of Borg, for he is what Jean Luc Picard has become. No sooner do we learn he has a mission, than the story skips 500 years back to the time after he first returned to the federation as Jean Luc.

We are taken into memes more commonly seen in fantasy than SF – alternative timelines, parallel worlds, other realms (and the demons who live within); all far beyond that seen in the Q days, and further still than from within the likes of Babylon 5.

Swiftly reintroduced are a range of familiar characters – seven of nine is the Borg Ambassador, Riker is a Captain, Data is reborn as Borg; and the ubiquitous Dr Beverly Crusher. A fresh character appears, a Lieutenant whose brother was also assimilated at an unspecified time in the past.

The sequence flips back and forth in time, with clever use of parallel panels and cross break speech bubbles to show the same character spilt across two different time streams, and to visually and verbally smooth the passage between the two. It soon emerges that there has been a massive Borg ‘trick’ and we move into the realms of concurrent time streams where the future intervenes & uses temporal anomalies to time travel and destroy themselves as the strip hops back and forth, with fewer panels between.

The result is a balancing of worlds, and a return to the expected past and future, thus preserving the space-time continuum and the canon of Star Trek: The Next Generation as a whole.

Star Trek The Next Generation – Hive has artwork, by Joe Corroney and David Messina (with colours by Ilaria Traversi and Hi Fi) which is superb and makes good use of the verve and pace supplied by writer Brannon Braga. However this is firmly aimed at the 18+ end of the comics market, and contains themes that might be considered unsuitable for a younger person.

FlashForward: The Complete Series DVD

Flash Forward
Flash Forward

FlashForward: The Complete Series comes out on DVD on Monday 27th September.

Chaos reigns in Los Angeles after a mysterious event causes everyone in the world to lose consciousness for precisely two minutes and seventeen seconds, at exactly the same moment in time.

Was it an act of nature? Or something more sinister? Whatever it was, every person on Earth saw a series of events from their own future, taking place on 29th April, 2010 at 10p.m. For some the future will be joyous and hopeful; for others, shockingly?unexpected; and for a few, it simply doesn?t seem to exist.? Knowing their fate will alter each person?s life in one way or another and poses the questions: can destiny be changed? And by changing just one destiny, what effect would that have on those of others?

Adapted from Robert J Sawyer?s original novel of the same name by David S. Goyer, (The Dark Knight) and Brannon Braga (24), FlashForward stars a host of award-winning and acclaimed actors including; Joseph Fiennes as Mark Benford, John Cho as Demetri Noh, Jack Davenport as Lloyd Simcoe, Zachary Knighton as Bryce Varley, Peyton List as Nicole Kirby, Dominic Monaghan as Simon, Br?an F. O’Byrne as Aaron Stark, Courtney B. Vance as Stanford Wedeck, Sonya Walger as Olivia Benford and Christine Woods as Janis Hawk.

Allowing fans to rediscover the mystery behind the global blackout, this exciting release features five discs, including all 22 episodes of the series, plus over 60 minutes of immersive bonus material, including bloopers, deleted scenes and much more.

Flash Forward DVD Bonus Features

? ????????? Bloopers Reel and Deleted Scenes

? ????????? Flashforward On Set ? An inside look on the set of FlashForward

? ????????? Architects Of Destiny ? Taking audiences through the production of the entire

season

? ????????? Meet Yuko ? Follow Yuko Takeuchi as she travels to LA to star in FlashForward

? ????????? Kangaroo? ? A humorous piece about the Kangaroo

? ????????? Interviews from the Mosaic Collective ? Interviews from across the world

? ????????? Creating a Catastrophe: The Effects Of A Global Blackout ? A behind the scenes

look at? the freeway disaster

Flash Forward DVD Information:

Release date: Monday 27th September

Certificate:?????? 15

Produced by:?? David S. Goyer and Brannon Braga

Episodes: ?????? 22

Discs: ????????????? 5