Yes, it is so very nice to have TNG charactes somehow involved with this story!
And it's a brilliant strategy... the TOS purists don't have to read the comics and can enjoy the movie, while the TNG-fans (like me) can enjoy both.
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-= first fan member =-
"I wonder why they decided to call it Earth instead of Water?" - Narada helmsman
For my world is hollow and I have touched your thigh