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Fire! — "The Dying of the Light" is the 73rd issue of DC Comics's 1989 series of TNG comics. It is the third 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.


As the USS Enterprise-D sits trapped in a Tholian web, Kyle Riker asks Deanna Troi for help resolving his differences with Will. Geordi La Forge thinks that Riker's plan to escape the Tholian web may succeed. Nethrax, the Tholian first officer, is relieved of duty by his commander for questioning the order to destroy yet another Federation target, this time, the Enterprise. The Enterprise breaks free of the web but their systems take a beating. Gowron arrives with a squadron of Klingon warships and drives the Tholians away, then demands to know why the Federation has started a war with the Tholians.

To be continued

Log entriesEdit

Personal log, Admiral Gregory Quinn 
Whatever trouble the Enterprise is in... she's unfortunately very much on her own.
Counselor's log, supplemental. 
It is difficult to sleep knowing the danger that surrounds us. As the Tholian's web gradually tightens its grip on the Enterprise, it drains our shields of their power. Soon there will be nothing left of them. And then nothing will stand between the crushing force of the web and the ship's hull.



AlderBeverly CrusherDataGowronGeordi La ForgeLedronNarqal personnelNethraxJean-Luc PicardGregory QuinnKyle RikerWilliam RikerTethorDeanna TroiWorf
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Brenda SorensonAnnie Riker

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • Narqal (Web Spinner-class Tholian starship) • three K'vort-class Klingon Bird-of-Prey starshipsVor'cha-class attack cruiser
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USS Stockholm (Miranda-class)


Beta BaraniaEarthSan FranciscoStarfleet Headquarters
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Beta Exorpa

Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

Klingon EmpireTholian AssemblyStarfleet AcademyUnited Federation of Planets

Science and classificationEdit

annular confinement beamcloaking devicecommbadgecoordinatesdeflector shieldgeneratorimpulsenavigation systemphaserphoton torpedosubspace relay networkTholian webviewscreen

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralcaptaincommandercounselordistress signalensignfirst officerlieutenantnumber oneofficerscientistsenior officerweapons officer

Other referencesEdit

bridgecounselor's logcrystalevasive maneuversFederation Starfleet ranks (2360s-2370s)flagshiphourhullmarriageminutepersonal logquartersrankready roomropespaceStarfleet ranksyear


Production historyEdit

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



Related storiesEdit



published order
Previous comic:
A Handful of Dust
TNG comics
DC monthly series
Next comic:
Ceremony of Innocence
Previous story:
A Handful of Dust
Comics by:
Michael Jan Friedman
Next story:
Ceremony of Innocence
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
A Handful of Dust
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Ceremony of Innocence
Previous Adventure:
A Handful of Dust
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
Next Adventure:
Ceremony of Innocence

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