"Manifest Destiny" Part 1
Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #1 (IDW)
Written by: Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrot
Art by: Angel Hernandez
Colors by: Esther Sanz
Letters by: Andworld Design
The Enterprise crosses paths with
a particularly ruthless Klingon commander.
On the frontier of the Klingon Empire, the
Sho'Tokh subjugates a primitive alien culture without the
oversight of the Klingon government on Kronos.
Enterprise, Dr. McCoy helps a crewmember couple
deliver a baby girl. On the bridge, Lt. Uhura picks up a
Federation distress beacon where no ships should have traveled
before. The signal is traced to a planetoid and Kirk sends an
away team of Sulu, Uhura, McCoy, Zahra, and Slattery to
investigate. They discover an underground crystal chamber and
are there ambushed by a small Klingon force. Slattery is killed
and Sulu injured in the melee and the team becomes separated and
trapped in different underground tunnel systems. Meanwhile, out
in space, the
Enterprise comes under attack from Commander
Sho'Tokh's de-cloaking battleship the
Chonnaq. Spock locates the enemy cruiser's
forward weapons control and Kirk targets it, causing heavy
damage. But the
Chonnaq then disgorges a platoon of armed and
spacesuited Klingon warriors towards the
CONTINUED IN STAR TREK: MANIFEST DESTINY #2
Notes from the Star Trek
There is no stardate or other notice to
indicate when this mini-series takes place. I have chosen to
place it in the chronology to correspond with its release date
in relation to issues of the regular ST comic book series.
Characters appearing in this
Slattery (dies in this issue)
Star Trek: Manifest Destiny was a 4-issue
mini-series published by IDW.
Pages 1 and 2 feature quotes from The Apocrypha of the
Trials of Kahless, Second Volume. This appears to be
the first mention of such a book in the Star Trek
universe, but Kahless is known to be a legendary historical
figure in the Klingon Empire.
On page 4,
Sho'Tokh remarks that he and his men are on the frontier,
"far from the sniveling politicians on Kronos." Kronos is
the homeworld of the Klingons and the capital of the Klingon
On page 6, Dr. McCoy states to the nurse the "fundal height"
of his pregnant patient. "Fundal height" is a medical term
for the size of the uterus during fetal growth.
On page 7, the pregnant alien and her husband and child are
identified as Khonodians. This appears
to be the first appearance of this species, but there was
mention of Khonodian Wertz Hounds in
The Enterprise picks up a signal from a distress
beacon on a planetoid in the Artel system. This is the first
mention of the Artel system.
On page 14, Spock detects residual nadion particles beneath
the planetoid's surface. Nadions are fictional
artificially-generated particles produced by phasers and
some other technologies of the Star Trek universe.
Sho'Tokh's ship is the IKS Chonnaq, a different
class of Klingon battle cruiser than we've seen previously
(though similar to K't'inga class). Chonnaq
is the Klingon word for "hunting spear".
On page 15, the Enterpise's name and registration
number on the saucer section appears a bit misaligned from
its normal center forward! (It also looks a bit off on page
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