(written from a Production point of view)
Once a hero...
James Kirk is in his quarters, reviewing the personnel file of Ensign Thomas Lee. He asks the computer if there is any further information available, but there is not. Kirk tries in vain to record a eulogy for a young man who sacrificed his life to save his captain. Leonard McCoy arrives to find Kirk concerned about the situation. He recommends that the captain should check into the details of Ensign Lee's service and lifetime.
"Thomas Lee deserves more than empty words, delivered by a captain who didn't really know him."
"Then do more."
- - Kirk and McCoy
- This was regular scripter Peter David's last issue written for this series, although he went on to write numerous more Star Trek comics for DC and eventually the Star Trek: New Frontier novel series.
- David originally submitted this story under the pen name of "Robert Bruce Banner." 
- It was reprinted in the "Best of Peter David" collection.
- Based on Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry
- Writers: Peter David
- Editor: Robert Greenberger
- 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 volume 2 characters.
Regular and recurring characters
- James T. Kirk
- USS Enterprise-A captain.
- Vulcan Enterprise-A exec and science officer.
- Leonard McCoy
- Enterprise-A surgeon.
- Hikaru Sulu
- Enterprise-A helmsman.
- Montgomery Scott
- Enterprise-A chief engineer.
- Enterprise-A communications officer.
- Pavel Chekov
- Enterprise-A navigator and security chief. Chekov regretted severely dressing down Ensign Lee after the briefing for what would become Lee's first, and final mission. Chekov's quarters had a wall display of a stylized Russian flag.
- The flag was a Russian Federation banner overlaid with a yellow bird design derived from the 1800s Russian Empire. This flag was similar to the standard of the President of the Russian Federation, which was adopted in the same year this comic was published.
- Thomas Lee
- Enterprise-A security ensign. Despite being an ensign, Lee wore no rank insignia on his Starfleet uniform.
- Enlisted security crewperson aboard Enterprise-A, a twenty-year veteran of Starfleet.
- Although Hunter identifies himself as enlisted and a long-term veteran, he wears the red shirt and insignia of a cadet's training uniform (but with an enlisted crewperson's jumpsuit collar). One other character, Valeris, had a similar inconsistency in canon, raising questions as to added functions of red uniform insignia and shirts by non-cadets in this time period.
- Security man aboard Enterprise-A. Jackson also wore the red undershirt and uniform insignia of a trainee, but on a jumpsuit with an enlisted collar.
- Leader of the Haigy raiders who poses as Arcade captain.
- Haigy raider who fights with Scotty.
- Anna Lee
- Ensign Lee's mother, whose name was listed in his personnel file
- Jack Lee
- Ensign Lee's father, according to his records.
- The true captain of Arcade, missing, captured aboard a Haigy vessel.
- Federation freighter.
- Dinar IV
- Crash site of the Arcade.
- Dinar system
- Star system where the Arcade was attacked.
- Band of raiders operating outside Federation authority. Although they were identified as a separate civilization, the Haigy had Human names and appearances.
- Alien civilization, outside the Federation, that contracted the Arcade to carry goods to their Colony IX.
- Sandar Colony IX
- Sparta, Illinois
- Hometown of Ensign Lee.
- Starbase 29
- Federation base where Ensign Lee signed aboard Enterprise-A.
- Late 2260s
- Thomas Lee born.
- Hunter joins Starfleet.
- Late 2280s
- Stopover at Starbase 29.
- Receipt of distress call from the Arcade.
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