"Manifest Destiny" Part 3
Star Trek: Manifest Destiny #3 (IDW)
Written by: Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrot
Art by: Angel Hernandez
Colors by: Adam Guzowski and Mark Roberts
Letters by: Andworld Design
The battle for the Enterprise
Kirk finds himself outsmarted by Commander Sho'Tokh, but Spock
and the crewmembers he rescued are still free and still in play.
Meanwhile, Divash's Starfleet prisoners led by Uhura agree to
help her take Sho'Tokh's command from him.
CONTINUED IN STAR TREK: MANIFEST DESTINY #4
Characters appearing in this
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Lt. Kai (dies in this issue)
Lt. Gaila (mentioned
Star Trek: Manifest Destiny was a 4-issue
mini-series published by IDW.
The "Previously in Star Trek..." paragraph on the
inside front cover of this issue is the same one that
appeared in the previous issue, not updated to reflect the
current state of the story at the end of that issue.
On page 3, the same alien couple and their baby whom we saw
"Manifest Destiny" Part 1
are seen huddled in hiding from the Klingons in the primary hull of the
On page 8, the Klingon doctor, Ow'Rik, uses a twelba spine
to seal Sulu's wound and prevent infection. This appears to
be the first reference to twelba in the ST universe.
On page 9, Divash's speech about the Chonnaq's
mission in space sounds like a Klingon version of the
Star Trek "Space, the final frontier..." preamble:
"...sent deep into unconquered space to find new worlds to
harvest, new civilizations to battle for the glory of the
On page 10, Scotty tells Kirk they should secure the battle
bridge in the secondary hull. The
concept of a battle bridge on Starfleet vessels was
introduced in Star Trek: The Next Generation, mainly
for use when the captain deemed it necessary to separate the
saucer section from the rest of the ship, either due to
damage or to protect the civilian families aboard during
space combat. The cover of Star Trek #19 ("Too
Smart for Your Own Good") features a mini-schematic of
the Enterprise which labels the battle bridge
located on the central strut of the secondary hull.
Spock uses the Jefferies tubes to make his way to rescue the
alien family in the primary hull. Jefferies tubes are small
service access tunnels on Starfleet ships and space
stations; they are named for Matt Jefferies, production
designer of the original Star Trek TV series.
On page 13, Kirk apologizes to Lt. Kai for the time he took
advantage of his relationship with Kai's sister, Gaila, to
beat the Kobayashi Maru. This is, of course, a
reference to Kirk's beating the no-win scenario of the
simulation at Starfleet Academy in
"The Vengeance of Nero".
On page 17,
Sho'Tokh admits to his subordinate that their troops are "guk'tagh
to the slaughter" in their assault against the Starfleet
personnel resisting them in the engineering section. The
phrase is similar to the English idiom "lambs to the slaughter".
This appears to be the first use of the word guk'tagh
in ST; presumably it is some kind of Klingon animal.
When Divash challenges Grelm's command, he strikes her and
says, "Petaq baktag!" Both words appear to be
epithets or insults; both appeared in the eBook of the
Star Trek: Mere Anarchy series, The Blood Dimmed
Tide by Howard Weinstein.
On page 21, Lt. Kai's blood is depicted as purple in color when
he is struck down by a Klingon bat'leth sword.
This is the first instance of Orion blood depicted that way,
as far as I can find. In past stories in the ST universe,
Orion blood has been depicted as green or orange.
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