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"Star Trek: The Next Generation - IDW 2020" is a one-shot special comic, written by Peter David with art by J.K. Woodward. Published by IDW Publishing, and marking the 20th anniversary of the company, it was released in January 2019. [1]

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Twenty years before he took command of the USS Enterprise-D, Jean-Luc Picard sat in the captain's chair of the USS Stargazer. Picard served with distinction aboard the Stargazer for many years on his way to becoming the most respected captain in Starfleet. But in this early mission, Picard shows us a vulnerable side as well as glimpses of the brilliant tactician he would become.

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Synopsis Edit

"Newly minted" Captain Picard worries about what his crew and his superiors think of his performance. Jack Crusher brings his fiancée, Cadet Beverly Howard, aboard against Picard's wishes. Picard makes it clear that Beverly is to stay out of the way during their current mission to Tellerux IV, a new Federation member world facing internal uprising. Over Jack's objections, Picard beams down to meet with the planetary leader, the Sensate. During the meeting, the Sensate's brother, Aminus, leads an attack on the building, and Picard is badly injured and captured. Aminus offers to ransom Picard to Jack in exchange for all of the starship's weapons, and Picard orders that no Stargazer personnel beam down to rescue him. Jack uses a loophole and sends Beverly, who isn't actually a member of the crew, to treat Picard's injuries. She also smuggles in a combadge, and though it's discovered, Picard tricks Aminus into getting beamed up himself. Picard threatens the remaining rebels into surrender using Aminus' capture and the Stargazer's weaponry. In appreciation for Beverly's help, he conducts their wedding ceremony.

Background information Edit

  • The exact timeframe is unknown. Picard states that he has just begun his captaincy (which would place it in 2333), but Jack Crusher is present and Beverly Howard (born in 2324) is at least 18 years old. A date of 2344 places it "twenty years before" TNG (in accordance with IDW Comics' 20/20 theme) and accommodates Beverly's age.
  • Beverly is dressed in the same outfit as her Academy action figure by Playmates Toys.

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