This issue opens on stardate 64390.1.
On page 4, Spock introduces Nero to Captain Data and Nero is
immediately shocked to see that the Federation has a captain
who is a machine. But how does he know Data is a machine?
Outwardly, there is nothing to indicate he is an android
rather than just an unknown type of alien. Does Data's fame
as an android precede him even into the mining community of
the Romulan Empire?
On page 7, after he has retired to his cabin on the
Enterprise, Nero tries to access various Starfleet data
on the computer. Looking through the records of past
Enterprise captains, he calls up an image of Captain
Kirk and it is the face of actor William Shatner we see, not
On page 10, panel 1, there appears to be a painting of an
animal hanging on the wall of Captain Data's ready room.
Possibly the painting is of Data's cat, Spot.
Also on page 10, Spock remarks to Data that the two of them
share a unique experience, i.e. returning from the dead. The
original Data was destroyed in the 2002 film Star Trek
Nemesis but his neural net was successfully imprinted
beforehand on the android B-4. Spock, of course, died in the
1982 film Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan and
resurrected in 1984's Star Trek: The Search for Spock.
On page 12, panel 2, "Romulus" is misspelled as "Romulas".
On page 15, panel 3, the Vulcan guards are seen carrying the
ceremonial weapon called a lirpa, first seen in the Star
Trek TV episode "Amok Time".
Page 16 reveals that the Federation ambassador to Vulcan is
now Jean-Luc Picard.
As the story moves forward, the danger presented by the
Hobus star seems to grow in the telling. In
1, Spock first tells the Romulan Senate the impending
supernova of the star threatens the Romulan Empire. Later in
that same issue he suggests its a threat to the galaxy.
Addressing the Vulcan Science Council on page 18 of this
issue, Spock tells them it threatens the entire universe
"Countdown" Part 3 he speaks of it again in only
The partial explanation is that the supernova is growing in mass as
it absorbs planets and other material in its death throws,
though why this star is behaving so much differently than a
typical one is not explained.
On page 20, after the Vulcan Science Council refuses to give
the Romulans access to their science to stop the Hobus star,
Nero warns Spock that if Romulus dies he will hold Vulcan
responsible. This foreshadows Nero's use of red matter to
destroy the planet Vulcan in the film Star Trek.
The spaceship model seen in Ambassador Picard's quarters on
Vulcan on page 22 is the Enterprise-D.
The small servant robot seen in the
bottom-right corner of panel 2 on
page 22 is the Bad Robot mascot of
Bad Robot Productions, the
production company of current
Star Trek executive producer
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