"Deity" Part 2
Star Trek #49 (IDW)
Written by: Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Roberto Orci
Art by: Tony Shasteen
faces the "god" of the native population of the
Characters appearing in this
Science Officer Amos
Science Officer Ferdowsi
The "Previously in Star Trek" paragraph on the
inside front cover suggests that the planet Sulu and his
away team are on is called Banks-216. But
in "Deity" Part 1, Kirk states
"Banks-216" as the name of a system. In science-fiction
writing, an Arabic numeral attached to a world name
generally denotes a moon, or, in real world astronomy, a
system (while a Roman numeral denotes a planet). So
Banks-216 would be either the 216th moon of the planet Banks
or the name of a star system. In the nomenclature of a star
system, the number usually indicates a catalog number, not
anything inherent in the star system itself.
The "Previously in Star Trek"
paragraph also reveals that
the aliens of the Banks-216 world are called Felidae. The
Felidae are bird-like bipeds, but it's interesting to note
that Felidae is also the Latin word for the cat
family in scientific nomenclature.
On page 1, Sulu is obviously being marched with the rest of
the Enterprise away team to the Drowning City,
along with a number of Felidae guards. But on the splash
page of pages 2-3, Sulu seems to be standing alone with just
one Felidae. And then, in panel 2 on
page 3, the rest of the group is present again!
The Felidae refer to their ruling
council as the Aerie. "Aerie" is a term used to refer to the
nest of a bird of prey.
The lead spokesbird of the Felidae
describes their god bringing a deluge upon their city as
punishment for the Wayward Ones not offering their young as
a gift. Scotty remarks it is "awfully Old Testament
of this 'deity'..." The concept of a deluge as punishment
from God and the naming of the Old Testament are
obvious references to the Abrahamic religions of Earth.
On pages 8-9, notice that Sulu (on the planet) seems to be
communicating with Uhura (on the
Enterprise) without the use of a communicator!
On page 9, a Felidae appears to have
hooved feet rather than clawed like a bird.
crewmembers who may be Lieutenants Zahra and Kai (seen in
previous storylines of the comic book) appear in
panel 3 of page 10.
Throughout the issue, and particularly noticeable on page
18, the Enterprise's
impulse engine array on the rear of
the saucer section appears to be the smaller version seen
before the ending of Into
Darkness, not the larger one seen after the ship is repaired
at the end of
When the Enterprise seemingly
the gigantic "godship" of the
Felidae with a single blast of photon torpedoes, Scotty
remarks, "This must be what David felt like when he popped
Goliath!" This is a reference to the story of David and
Goliath in the Bible, in which the giant Philistine warrior
Goliath is defeated by the young Jew, David.
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