"After Darkness" Part 3
Star Trek #23 (IDW)
Written by: Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Robert Orci
Artists: Erfan Fajar and Agri Karuniawan
Cover by: Tim Bradstreet
With the planet Vulcan destroyed, is there
a cure for the madness for pon farr?
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On page 1, the savage, bare-chested Vulcan men are depicted
with nipples. On all subsequent pages of this issue they are
On page 8, Scotty is unsure about Kirk's plan to beam 25
angry Vulcans onto the Enterprise, seeing as how
he's already seen what one angry Vulcan can do the first
time he ever beamed aboard the ship. He is referencing
Spock's anger over the loss of his homeworld and mother
after being goaded by Kirk in
"The Vengeance of Nero".
McCoy says, "I'm a doctor, not a xeno-geophysicist."
Dr. McCoy remarks that Chekov and Marcus' transporter idea
to cure the Vulcans of their madness is no crazier than
bringing somebody back to life using the augmented blood of
a homicidal maniac. This is a
reference to the transfusion of Khan's blood Kirk received
to bring him back to life near the end of
Uhura remarks that Spock had never lost a game of chess
until the day she beat him. She thinks that's when he fell
in love with her.
On page 18, Chekov says, "Ne v etot raz..." This is Russian
for, "Not this time..."
On page 20, panel 2, it appears to be Kirk speaking to
T'Pring, but the words are clearly intended to be from
On page 21 we see star maps of the Klingon and Romulan
empires, with portions of the United Federation of Planets
visible. Most of the labels on the maps are too blurred to
read. But, on the Romulan map, within the Federation portion
of space, the Taugan Sector can be seen. The Taugan system
(in Sector 2158) was mentioned in the ST-TNG episode,
"Gambit" Part 2 as a system of planets near the Romulan
Neutral Zone that was raided by mercenaries for ancient
|The emblem of the
Romulan Star Empire depicted on the star map is the one used
by them circa 2379 in the original timeline, but one or more
different ones were used before then and the year of our
current story is only 2259.
|Star map of 2259 from this issue
||Romulan emblem 2368
||Romulan emblem 2379
On page 21, the Section 31 member reports that the Klingon
fleet is en route to Orion and the Romulan fleet is en route
to rendezvous with Section 31 near Khitomer. Orion men and
women have appeared in several stories in the Star Trek
universe. Khitomer was depicted as a world near the Romulan
border which both the Federation and the Klingon Empire
considered neutral and was used as a site for peace
negotiations in the original timeline in Star Trek: The
Undiscovered Country and episodes of the various
Next Generation era TV series.
What happened to Stonn, the man whom T'Pring preferred as
her mate over Spock in the original timeline in the episode
"Amok Time"? He is not seen or mentioned? Did T'Pring not
meet or fall in love with him in the new timeline? Or is it
simply that Stonn was on Vulcan when it was destroyed in
"The Vengeance of Nero"?
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