Devices and desires. — "The First Casualty" is the 71st issue of DC Comics's 1989 series of TNG comics. It is the first 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.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

From solicitations 
Artists Gordon Purcell and Terry Pallot come aboard as the new regular art team starting with Star Trek: The Next Gener­ation #71. In part one of "War and Madness," a major five-part story arc, the Federation’s fragile peace with the enigmatic hive-beings the Tholians is shattered when a Tholian ship destroys both Klingon and Federation outposts. But the Enterprise soon learns that a force far more sinister is behind the attacks — something before which the Federation, the Klingons, and the Tholians are all … irrelevant.


Federation colonies and a Starfleet starship are destroyed by Tholians. The Tholian commander is out to avenge wrongs perpetrated against his people. The Enterprise is ordered to investigate after picking up an expert on Tholian military tactics, Kyle Riker. Meanwhile, members of the Enterprise crew ponder their future, as glimpsed by Jean-Luc Picard during his last encounter with Q.

To be continued

Log entriesEdit

Captain's log, supplemental. 
We have met the starship Achilles. In order to take aboard Kyle Riker, my first officer's father. We will need the elder Riker's particular expertise on Tholian military tactics if we are to defuse the threat at hand. Fortunately, my first officer assures me there will be no hard feelings between him and his father… despite the face that Kyle Riker abandoned his son to pursue his career… when the boy was only fifteen.



BenChungBeverly CrusherDataGlendaHansKastocGeordi La ForgeMaggieNethraxOntiverosJean-Luc PicardGregory QuinnWilliam RikerShevekBrenda SorensonToraxDeanna TroiUprinaWorfBeta Exorpa residentsNarqal personnelUSS Stockholm personnel
Referenced only 
QRené PicardRobert PicardJan Rosenstrum

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Achilles (Oberth-class) • USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • Narqal (Web Spinner-class Tholian starship) • USS Stockholm (Miranda-class)


Alpha UnuriaBeta Exorpa
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Alpha YptomisCambridge UniversityFederation-Klingon Neutral ZoneLa Barre, FranceQo'noSParsentes IIRomulan Neutral ZoneTali Valley

Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

Klingon EmpireRomulan Star EmpireStarfleet CommandTholian AssemblyUnited Federation of Planets

Science and classificationEdit

commbadgedeflector shieldengineholodeckholographic programmain computerPADDphysicspower-transfer modulesensorsolar collectorwarp core

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralcaptaincolonistcommandercounselordoctorengineerFederation Starfleet ranks (2360s-2370s)first officerlieutenantnumber onerankscientistStarfleet ranks

Other referencesEdit

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The USS Enterprise-D and its crew experience Q's anti-time scenario.

Production historyEdit

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



Related storiesEdit



published order
Previous comic:
The Last Verse
TNG comics
DC monthly series
Next comic:
A Handful of Dust
Previous story:
The Last Verse
Comics by:
Michael Jan Friedman
Next story:
A Handful of Dust
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Third Artifact
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
A Handful of Dust
Previous Adventure:
Tears for Eternity
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
Next Adventure:
A Handful of Dust

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