PUBLICATION: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive #1, IDW Comics, September 2012
CREATORS: Brannon Braga, Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (writers), Joe Corroney (artist)
STARDATE: 59844.9 (three years after Nemesis); and 500 years in a possible future.
PLOT: 500 years in the future, Locutus of Borg faces the Collective's existential crisis. In the present, the Borg show up on Starfleet's doorstep to ally against Species 1881, bringers of chaos threatening the entire galaxy.
CONTINUITY: There's a Lt. Archer on the bridge, probably a descendent of the Enterprise NX-01's captain. Picard can still invoke booty calls with Vash (Captain's Holiday et al.) and meets her on Rigel 3 (All Good Things...) where they find evidence of early Vulcan settlements. The Borg turned Picard into Locutus in The Best of Both Worlds, and here use every manner of spacecraft seen in Voyager. The Borg Queen (First Contact, et al.) also appears. Riker still commands the USS Titan (Nemesis). The 7th feet includes a number of Intrepid-class ships (Voyager's model) and Delta Flyers (Voyager). Seven of Nine appears in her original Borg form (Scorpion; has yet to be explained). Data is reconstructed by the Borg 500 years hence (after his destruction in Nemesis, or if you will, long after his return in the Titan novels).
DIVERGENCES: While Data's appearance doesn't necessarily contradict the Titan novels, Seven of Nine's re-Borgification in the present isn't substantiated by her appearances in the later Voyager novels. Species 1881 has a designation that seems much earlier than Species 8472's, and yet has a similar premise. Why are they only a problem now? Or aren't Borg species designations chronological with their discovery?
PANEL OF THE DAY - Jean-Luc Picard is... Locutus. And Locutus is... Metron.