Trial by fire!"Wet Behind the Ears" was the 32nd issue of DC Comics' 1989 series of Star Trek: The Next Generation comics. The issue consisted of a 24 page story, as written by Michael Jan Friedman. The art was pencilled by Peter Krause and inked by Pablo Marcos, with Kim Yale credited as editor.


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BarronSonya GomezKeaneKozinskiGeordi La ForgeMcIverMiles O'BrienJean-Luc PicardWilliam RikerRo LarenTimminsDeanna Troiunnamed Catarr (Catarr captain and officer) • unnamed USS Enterprise-D personnel (engineering ensign) • Worf
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AjanianKieran DuffyNagurski

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Catarr starshipUSS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class explorer) • USS OdyserUSS Tubman (Constellation-class exploratory cruiser training vessel)
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USS AkagiUSS BerlinUSS EnterpriseUSS Fearless


Shipboard localesEdit

USS Enterprise-D 
bridgeengineeringready roomten forward
USS Tubman 
Catarr vessel 

Stars and star systemsEdit

Gamma Ysalis

Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

FederationStarfleetStarfleet Academy

Ranks and titlesEdit

cadetcaptainchief engineercommandercounselorengineerflag officerflight controllerlieutenantlieutenant commandersecurity chiefspecialisttransporter chief

Technology and weaponsEdit

class 8 probeimpulse enginephoton torpedoprobestarshipVISOR

Other referencesEdit

alienasteroiddrinkenergyFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2360s-2370s)fishhumanoidlifeformlionfishLivingstonmatterraces and culturesrankspaceStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2366-2373)training missionuniform





  • This story is a sequel of sorts to Sonya Gomez's appearances in TNG episodes: "Q Who?", "Samaritan Snare".
  • The other Federation ships shown all have registry numbers with an alphabetical suffix, a rarity in canon productions.
  • The characters of Ro, Riker, Worf, Troi and O'Brien all appear in this issue's artowrk but do not have dialog. Ro in particular appears on the cover, even though she only appeared in cameo in the story.
  • This is the second issue where Ro is shown at a bridge station wearing an operations division gold uniform rather than her normal command division red uniform.
  • In a commonly made mistake, Picard states in dialog that the Tubman was a Constitution-class vessel rather than a Constellation. He even goes so far to claim it is not unlike the original USS Enterprise, even though numerous dissimilarities are visible in the designs. Possibly the vessel had been converted since Picard last knew it, the cover and interior artwork show it to be a Constellation.



previous comic:
#31: Kingdom of the Damned
Star Trek: The Next Generation
(DC Comics, series two)
next comic:
#33: The Way of the Warrior

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