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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Star Trek: Deity (Part 1) "Deity" Part 1
Star Trek #48
Written by: Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Roberto Orci
Art by: Tony Shasteen
Cover by: Joe Corroney
August 2015


Lt. Sulu is given his first away team command, observing a pre-warp civilization.


Characters appearing in this issue


Lt. Sulu

Captain Kirk


Science Officer Amos

Science Officer Ferdowsi

Lt. Cordry

Lt. Chekov


Lt. Uhura


Didja Notice?


In this issue, Scotty has invented a device he calls a photon trap, basically a personal cloaking device, able to bend light around an area of several feet so that anything within the blind is invisible to outside eyes. Scotty says he considered calling the device "Cheshire Cat", but thought it a bit unwieldy. This is a reference to the character of the Cheshire cat in Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, who is able to turn invisible.


Science Officer Amos is said to be a recent transfer to the Enterprise from the Endeavor. A number of Starfleet ships of various classes called Endeavor have been seen in other licensed Star Trek stories in the past.


Sulu's log states that Lt. Cordry is rumored to have taken down a fully grown sehlat with her bare hands on a trip to Vulcan. A sehlat is a large, bear-like creature found on Vulcan. Spock was known to have a pet sehlat as a youth in the original timeline, as seen in the animated series episode "Yesteryear". "When Worlds Collide" seems to imply that this may not have been the case in the current timeline.


Page 9 reveals that the photon trap blind also mutes sound coming from behind it.


On page 10, an artist's mistake appears to place a moon in front of some clouds in the sky!


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