1186. None but the Brave / Inheritance
PUBLICATION: Star Trek Unlimited #4, Marvel Comics, May 1996
CREATORS: Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton (writers), Mark Buckingham and Kev Sutherland / Ron Randall and Al Williamson (artists)
STARDATE: Unknown (follows the last issue) / 482942.7 (follows the last issue)
PLOT: In None but the Brave, Scotty is sent on a secret mission to recover the engineering section of the USS Confederate from the Romulans. The Enterprise acts as a decoy, drawing Commander Mirek's ship to the border. Scotty discovers the ship has an experimental warp accelerator that backfired and caused it to be damaged. He uses it to escape Romulan space, sending the ship into a spacetime rift even he and his team get beamed to the Enterprise. The warp acceleration burst also fritzes the Romulans' engines so they cannot pursue. In Inheritance, Leah Brahms ropes Geordi into trying to recreate her grandafther's warp accelerator. Both are captured by Tomalak and brought to the Neutral Zone to work on the recovered hulk of the Confederate. When Geordi is about to be tortured, Leah blows the warp core. The Romulans escape and Geordi and Leah share a final kiss... as they are beamed back to the Enterprise-D (thanks to a signal sent by Geordi that only Data would recognize).
CONTINUITY: Commander Mirek is the sister of the Romulan Commander captured in The Enterprise Incident. The warp accelerator was apparently invented by the grandfather of Leah Brahms (Booby Trap). She appears in the TNG story and remembers him.
DIVERGENCES: Scotty has grown a moustache for this occasion. There is already a TNG episode called Inheritance. Voyager be damned, there is no such thing as Warp 10+. Tomalak last appears in All Good Things...
PANEL OF THE DAY - Mirek's luscious... earrings
REVIEW: The TOS segment has gorgeous art, so much so I wouldn't mind seeing that Commander Mirek again (and all those great retro Romulan designs). But a fun story for Scotty as well, even if it might remind you too much of The Pegasus. The TNG story is a clever sequel to it, with great bits like Leah Brahms running a TOS-style holodeck program that stars holo-Geordi, and the kiss they share at the end followed by an awkward transporter pad moment. This story bridges the gap between the married Leah Brahms of Booby Trap and later mentions, allowing their relationship to evolve without really changing anything. A fun diptych.