Don't you just love "what if's?"
In academia, alternative history had a brief stint of popularity in the aughts because it was easier to defend historical fiction than it was to actually write a well researched thesis (guilty of that). However, in films and television the stakes are higher than a grad student squandering their stipend or RA wasting their time in the stacks.... it can cost allot of money to produce. The more well established a fictional continuity, the harder it is to get the reader to abandon it.
Yet in science fiction, and in Star Trek in particular, this has never really been a huge problem. Just call it an "alternate dimension" and have fun with it. In DS9, there was a darkest timeline that became a running plot point through out the series. It's fun, and allows you to see your favorite characters in a new light. In Star Trek Deviations (I'll call it STD for short), we get to see a whole new side of The Next Generation crew.
The premise, in short, is that after Zephram Cochrane fired his warp drive in 2063, the Romulans discovered Earth and not the Vulcans. This simple fact has turned the history of human race on it's head. Instead of Earth being the birth place of the Federation, it is a penal colony. The Romulans have enslaved humanity and claimed to have discovered a planet of savages that they brought up as servants to the Empire.
But there are those who resist.
William Riker is a resistance leader and he commands a rag tag team of rebels: Warf, the half Klingon half Human pacifist; Geordi La Forge, the blind engineer that used the severed head of an android to see; Deanna Troi, his second in command and empathic blunderbuss that you point at the enemy.
Humanity had it's history stolen. But, there is hope. It seems that the lost past has echoes in the present. A man by the name of Jean Luc Picard might hold the key. Riker busts him and Beverly Crusher (whose son Wesley is dead (haha)) out of the clink and they hitch a ride outa there on a transporter.
Upon transport to the "ring" the bare bones crew discover what the Romulans have been keeping as a trophy this entire time. The original USS Enterprise.
For as little as there is to this comic, damn it was a fun ride. For any TNG fan, it is just perfect. The juxtapositions are hilarious yet somehow fitting. The illustrations are detailed and perfectly capture the TNG crew (even Riker looks good in a mullet). The dialog is pithy and on-point.
Man do I want this comic to a continuing story and not just a one-shot.
To exemplify my point I will put a cut out of the author Donny Cates afterword:
If that doesn't capture the TNG ethic, I don't know what else can. His words encapsulate the hopeful futurism that secular humanism wishes to promulgate. A naive idea maybe, but one which we should all aspire to hold. An idea that filled me with awe once a week as a child while watching television with my mother. In a world of alternative facts, scientific knowledge and humanitarian ethics will eventually win the the day.
No matter how bleak the out look: there is still hope.