Star Trek 1110: Lies and Legends!

1110. Lies and Legends!

PUBLICATION: Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Modala Imperative #2, DC Comics, September 1991

CREATORS: Peter David (writer), Pablo Marcos (artist)

STARDATE: 44396.0 - 44396.2 (follows the last issue)

PLOT: While the Enterprise stays on course for Modala, Spock and McCoy charm the crew. When they reach the planet, the ships gets a distress call from the freighter that brought Spock and goes to help, leaving an away team (including Picard and the guest-stars) at the celebrations, celebrations that are interrupted by Ferengi looking to collect on a deal made with the fascists 100 years ago - weapons for the planet!

CONTINUITY: See previous issue (Modala, McCoy). Spock's wife is mentioned (this must be Saavik as per Vulcan's Heart, though the novel was published 8 years after the comic). Dr. Selar (The Schizoid Man) puts in an appearance. Selar's grandfather served on the lost USS Intrepid (The Immunity Factor).

DIVERGENCES: See previous issue (freighter-shuttle, Spock). The Ferengi fighter is of a design never seen before nor after.

PANEL OF THE DAY - Being Vulcan means awkward hugs.
REVIEW: The Enterprise doesn't reach Modala until page 19. The way Peter David is celebrating Star Trek's 25th Anniversary is to basically have the TNG cast indulge in a little hero worship with Spock and McCoy. It's not quite as funny as the first issue, but there are still some great bits, like Data and Spock's mental game of 3D chess (and musical duet), and McCoy admitting Spock's is favorite captain. It's a more mature relationship, but still once full of quips and barbs. The Ferengi stuff is just a pretext, really.

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