"Khan" Part 3
Star Trek: Khan #3 (IDW)
Written by: Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Robert Orci
Pencils and Inks (present day): David Messina
Pencils (flashback): Claudia Balboni and Luca Lamberti
Cover A by: Paul Shipper
Khan relates the time of the Eugenics Wars and the
retreat from Earth of he and his followers aboard the Botany
Star Trek: Khan was a 5-issue
mini-series published by IDW.
The Shipper cover features a portrait of Khan and a smaller
image of the S.S. Botany Bay launching from Earth
for its voyage into deep space. The lift-off image is based
on one that appeared in the second edition of the Star
Page 6, panel 1 depicts the ancient
Coliseum of Rome, which began construction in 70 AD.
Page 14 depicts actual views of the cities mentioned: the
island city of Sentosa (Singapore), Bangkok (Thailand), Hong
Kong (China), and Sydney (Australia).
On page 14, Khan warns Maltuvis that, by attack the
seemingly peaceful Khanate, he has awakened a sleeping
giant. This is a paraphrasing of the quote attributed to
Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto in regards to the attack
on the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during WWII,
"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and
fill him with a terrible resolve." Many attribute the quote
by Yamamoto as apocryphal, though it
does, more-or-less, sum up his feelings after the attack had
The story reveals that China developed a bioweapon that
worked against the Augments' own unique genetics, killing
most of them and driving Khan and his followers into space.
On page 18, Khan's capital appears to be the
in New Delhi, India.
On page 20, panel 1, the overhead view is that of Botany
Bay, in New South Wales, Australia. A similar view is seen
on page 22. Botany Bay was England's choice for a penal
colony on the Australian continent in the late 18th Century,
and has remained synonymous as such, despite the fact that
Governor Arthur Phillip found Botany Bay unsuitable for the
survival of such a colony and instead located it to the
north at Sydney Cove. Khan chooses to name his followers'
sleeper vessel the S.S. Botany Bay after the
legendary penal colony.
On page 21, Khan states that only 85 sleepers were aboard
the Botany Bay. This conforms to the number implied
found in the vessel in the original series episode "Space
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