Man, this graphic novel is what should have been used as a template for the first NEXT GENERATION movie. Remember the GORN? The kickass lizard warriors from the Original series.... KIRK fought one and proved not only he's a badass, but he's qualified to be in the Captain's chair.
This graphic novel is set during the DOMINION WAR; that 2 season-long war on DEEP SPACE NINE. During that war (ie TV show), the Enterprise was no where to be found... well, they were off fighting the GORN and stopping another intergalactic war! This is their tale.
The series picks up about 112 years after the GORN were defeated, and humiliated, by Kirk in the Original ST series (awesome episode, btw). Since then, the Gorn have gone inward and have not had any interaction with anyone else (er... kind of like the Romulans in TNG). The story begins with the Gorn elders reaching out to the Federation to join the rest of the United Planets. The old skool military Gorn are against this and want their honor back and REVENGE upon the Federation. So a bloody coup goes down - the elders are slaughtered, their decapitated heads placed on their bodies strung around the Council Chambers, and their family eggs (their bloodline future) are cracked open and dumped on their carcasses. TO WAR WITH THE FEDERATION!!!! The book is not perfect by any means, but f anything, this book has:
1) Lovely art by the master storyteller IGOR KORDEY (man, his sequential work is good!)
2) GORN!!!!!! LOTS OF EM!!!
3) Klingons vs Gorn. That's right, Klingons vs Gorn!
4) Ryker buffed out, haha
5) Data in command of the Enterprise (think VISION, Marvel fans)