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Introduction (blurb)

From solicitations: The Enterprise must face its most deadly confrontation with the Borg -- drones from the future, when the Collective believes it has achieved perfection!


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11 of 11AmasovBorg QueenBeverly CrusherDataEzellGuinanHanleyKathryn JanewayGeordi La ForgeLocutusJean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerWalia

Starships and vehicles

Borg cubeBorg hypercubeUSS Courageous (Nebula-class) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • USS Maverick
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Romulan Neutral ZoneSector 3-0
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Races and cultures

AndorianBorgEl-AurianHumanSpecies 8472Vulcan

States and organizations

Borg CollectiveStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Other references

aftershockanti-tachyonassimilationassimilation tubuleasteroidBattle of Wolf 359binary codeBorg historyBorg implantchronal eruptiondilithiumDNAfirst contactlight speedLocutus protocolsnanoprobeneutron starocular implantocular nerveomega moleculeprime numberpulsarstarsubspacesubspace distortiontachyontachyon wavetemporal distortiontemporal fluxtimestreamtime wavethree-dimensional chesstransporter beamtranswarp conduittranswarp coreVISORwarp field


  • Issues in the Alien Spotlight series are not marked with a number, however this was the fifth issue of the series to be published.
  • This issue was originally to be written by Steve Niles. However he pulled out, so Andrew Steven Harris wrote it instead, with Chris Ryall doing taking Harris's place as editor for the issue. Focus on... Star Trek included the following blurb for Niles's version of the story:
The far off planet of Ploris has declined an invitation to join the United Federation of Planets. Unfortunately for Ploris, the Borg do not require an invitation for assimilation.
  • The ten pages of editorial content in this issue includes a one page adverts for the next issue in the Alien Spotlight miniseries, on the Romulans.

Related stories

  • Previous Borg encounters
    • The Best of Both Worlds (TNG episode) - The comic references the Locutus protocols, a series of contingencies put in place in case the Borg assimilated a Starfleet captain again, which were established following the Battle of Wolf 359 in this episode.
    • First Contact (TNG movie) - Following the Borg attempt to halt first contact in this movie the Locutus protocols were expanded to include temporal strikes.
  • Scorpion (VOY episode) - Captain Amasov, who was referenced in the Voyager episode, makes a cameo appearance in this comic. Species 8472, who were established in this episode, also appear, as Borg drones, the future Borg having successfully assimilated them.
  • The Neutral Zone (TNG episode) - The "past" sections of this issue take place shortly before this episode, in the Romulan Neutral Zone, which could mean it was the activity of these Borg that the Enterprise-D and the Romulans were investigating in the episode.


published order
Previous comic:
Orion Slave Women
Aliens Spotlight Next comic:
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
'Til Death
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
A Time to Kill
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2379.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
A Less Perfect Union
The Past
Next Adventure:
The Neutral Zone


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