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Spectre of War! — "Ceremony of Innocence" is the 74th issue of DC Comics's 1989 series of TNG comics. It is the fourth issue in the five-part War and Madness story arc written by Michael Jan Friedman, drawn by Gordon Purcell and Terry Pallot, and published in 1995.

Summary[edit | edit source]

In the USS Enterprise-D's conference room, Gowron recounted several Tholian assaults on Klingon outposts, which he believed were prompted by the Federation starting a war against the Tholian Assembly. Yet the attacks occurred before Tholians attacked Federation outposts. Admiral Gregory Quinn asks Jean-Luc Picard to find out the truth. Meanwhile, William T. Riker has difficulty coming to terms with Kyle Riker's impending marriage to Brenda Sorenson.

When Tholian starships fire upon Starbase 180, the Enterprise responds and disables the flagship Narqal. First Officer Nethrax visits the Enterprise in a containment suit, revealing that a Klingon Bird-of-Prey had attacked several Tholian colonies and kidnapped some of its citizens, and they had been retaliating against the Federation because of its alliance with the Klingon Empire. Records of the attacks were shown to Gowron, who identified the attacking ship as the missing IKS Taj. Its last reported coordinates were near Ohniaka III, the world where Hugh and the Liberated Borg were last seen. Picard vowed to Gowron that he would get to the bottom of the mystery.

To be concluded

Log entries[edit | edit source]

First Officer's log, supplemental. 
Gowron's way off-base. The Federation would never have made a move against the Tholians without informing him first. And as the captain said, there was no provocation — no reason for us to get involved... was there?
Captain's log, supplemental. 
Gowron does not make empty threats. We now have one more reason to stop the Tholians... as if the colonies they devastated were not reason enough.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

BenDataGowronGuinanGeordi La ForgeMernoxNethraxOntiverosJean-Luc PicardGregory QuinnKyle RikerWilliam RikerSelakBrenda SorensonDeanna TroiWorf
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B'EtorHughLoreLursa

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • Narqal (Web Spinner-class Tholian starship) • IKS Taj (K'vort-class Klingon Bird-of-Prey)

Locations[edit | edit source]

Beta BaraniaStarbase 180
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jajlo'wovMaxia ZetaOhniaka IIIQo'noSSIS naSyuQ Hurgh

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

BajoranBenziteBetazoidBorgFerengiKlingonRomulanTholianVulcan

States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Borg CollectiveKlingon EmpireKlingon High CouncilLiberatedStarfleet CommandTholian AnnexUnited Federation of Planets

Science and classification[edit | edit source]

commbadgecomputercoordinatesdeflector shieldcontainment suitphasersensorsensor netTholian webtransportertricorder

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

admiralArbiter of SuccessioncaptainLeader of the High Councilcommanderfirst officerlieutenantnumber onerebeltransporter chief

Other references[edit | edit source]

alert status (red alert) • androidbloodbridgecaptain's log, USS Enterprise, 2371class M planetcolonycommunicationsconference roomcrystaldaydistress signalengineeringevasive maneuversFederation Starfleet ranks (2360s-2370s)first officer's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)flagshiphourHouse of Durashullminingminuteoutpostquartersrankready roomsectorStarfleet ranksTen Forwardwarp factor (warp six) • year

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Production history[edit | edit source]

August 1995 
First printed by DC Comics
6 February 2020 
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection # 98 (Eaglemoss)

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Background[edit | edit source]

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Connections[edit | edit source]

published order
Previous comic:
The Dying of the Light
TNG comics
DC monthly series
Next comic:
Cry Havoc
Previous story:
The Dying of the Light
Comics by:
Michael Jan Friedman
Next story:
Cry Havoc
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Dying of the Light
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Cry Havoc
Previous Adventure:
The Dying of the Light
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
Next Adventure:
Cry Havoc


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