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The first mission! – The crew encounters a mysterious alien race they met years earlier.

Background information Edit

Notes Edit

  • The flashback sequence takes place when Pike transfers command of the Enterprise to Kirk. According to the Star Trek Chronology this would be 2263, when Pike was promoted to Fleet Captain (as in this story).
  • McCoy's divorce "comes through", and his daughter will graduate college soon.
  • Nogura was an admiral at this time.
  • Kirk mentions that he was assistant engineer on the Farragut and first officer on the El Dorado (β) before commanding the Saladin.
  • Kirk had nine Academy demerits on his Starfleet service record.
  • Starfleet transfer of command ceremonies involved passage of a sword from one captain to the next as a symbol of office.
  • This issue shows Sulu in the navigator's position, although "Where No Man Has Gone Before" seemingly had him in a science officer role, before he became the regular helmsman.

Creators Edit

Characters Edit

Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in DC TOS characters.

Regular and recurring characters Edit

James T. Kirk 
Captain of the USS Enterprise and the USS Saladin; also as admiral commanding USS Excelsior.
Enterprise XO and science officer, also as captain of the USS Surak.
Leonard McCoy 
CMO of the Enterprise and the Excelsior.
Montgomery Scott 
Chief engineer of the Enterprise and the Excelsior.
Hikaru Sulu 
Enterprise navigator, Excelsior helmsman.
Communications officer, Enterprise and Excelsior.
Christopher Pike 
Former Enterprise captain.
Number One 
Enterprise XO.
Philip Boyce 
Enterprise CMO under Pike.
Gary Mitchell 
Former Enterprise navigator, first officer.
Lee Kelso 
Enterprise helmsman.
Science officer, USS Excelsior.
Starfleet Command admiral.

Other characters Edit

Commander Earlenbaugh 
Saladin helmsman.
Mr. Keleway 
Saladin first officer.
Saladin communications officer
Matilda Johnson 
Young patient of Dr. McCoy.
John Kendricks
Doctor in a hospital on Earth; Dr. McCoy's former associate.
Kubaka Buganda 
Uhura's former lover. Appears next (chronologically) in "The D'Artagnan Three" (Star Trek (DC volume 1)).
Alien female on Wrigley's pleasure planet
Companion of Gary Mitchell; brought him breakfast.
Alien race which feeds on stellar energy and sheds skin like Earth snakes.
Mr. Phelps was Enterprise navigator when Pike was XO under Robert April.
Unnamed female communications officer
on Enterprise under Robert April's command.

References Edit

Draxis II 
A star which went nova.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) 
Federation starship.
USS Excelsior (NX-2000) 
Federation starship.
Joanna McCoy
Mark Piper
Robert April
USS Churchill 
Ship to which Gary Mitchell was assigned before Enterprise. The Churchill matches the design of the Baton Rouge-class starship depicted in the Spaceflight Chronology.
USS Saladin 
Ship Kirk commanded before Enterprise.
USS Surak 
Federation starship.
Wrigley's pleasure planet

Timeline Edit


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