1056. The Worst of Both Worlds, Part I!: The Bludgeonings of Chance!
PUBLICATION: Star Trek: The Next Generation #47, DC Comics, June 1993
CREATORS: Michael Jan Friedman (writer), Peter Krause and Pablo Marcos (artists)
STARDATE: Unknown (between Chain of Command and Ship in a Bottle)
PLOT: The Enterprise-D gets sucked through an anomaly into a parallel universe where Locutus was never freed from the Borg, and the Collective assimilated most of Earth's population. The ship finds its twin, just a battle bridge now, and the bridge crew gets beamed aboard where Captain Riker and his motley crew wants help defeating the Borg from those who have succeeded before...
CONTINUITY: The parallel world keys off the events of The Best of Both Worlds. Events must take place before the O'Briens leave for DS9. Beverly uses the same racket design she would later offer Guinan in Suspicions.
PANEL OF THE DAY - Ladies and gentlemen: Alt-Geordi's eyepatch.
REVIEW: I'm a sucker for well-constructed "what ifs" and this could be a really fun one. Friedman has found a way to use the Borg at last. And if Geordi's silly eyepatch is anything to go by, "The Worst of Both Worlds" could be a real dose of pure comics madness. I hope he doesn't cut any corners. After all, it's not our world. He can blow everything up! But there's also some heart to the issue, as with Picard's trauma about helping the Borg destroy the fleet at Wolf 359 (great art on that sequence, psychologically), and the exploration of Riker and Troi's relationship (is she fated to fall for Alt-Riker?) and Beverly's motherly concerns (what's Alt-Wesley up to?).