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.
"English! I thought I dreamed hearing it!"?
Khan, Space Seed (TOS)
Brought to you in living color by NCC.
-= first fan member =-