This two-part story is based on the televised episode
of the same name from the original Star Trek TV
Pages 1-3 take place on the same day young James Kirk drove
his stepfather's Corvette off a cliff in
On page 2, panel 1, several
holograms of historical flying
vehicles are displayed from an
emitter on the ceiling of young
James' room. They appear to be:
- the Spirit of St.
Louis, the plane in which Charles Lindbergh flew the first
nonstop flight from
New York, USA to
Paris, France in
the Apollo 11 lander
from the first
manned landing on
the moon in 1969
one of the U.S.
space shuttles from
the 20th Century,
probably either the Enterprise, which was
only a test vehicle for atmospheric flights and not
space-worthy, or the Columbia, the first shuttle to
go into space
the Enterprise NX-01, the first
United Earth starship, commanded by Captain Jonathan Archer
from 2150-2161 and was the ship featured in the 2001-2005 TV
series Star Trek: Enterprise.
On page 2, young James remarks to his mother that his
brother George went to live with their grandfather.
Also on page 2, Winona Kirk remarks that Frank is her big
brother, not her second husband as previously depicted in
deleted scenes from the Star Trek movie and the
novelization thereof (see
This makes Frank James' uncle, not stepfather. This
interpretation does lend itself to imagining Winona Kirk as
a somewhat stronger character rather than someone who would
marry a man like Frank, who seems to be verbally abusive to
her sons, after she'd been married to a heroic Starfleet
officer like George Kirk.
Unlike in the original episode, Kirk does not seem to be
aware that his brother and his family are living on Deneva.
The landing party that beams down to Deneva is a bit
different than the one in the original episode. Kirk, Spock,
McCoy, and Zahra are the same. Scotty is not included here as
he was in the episode and officer Bobby Abrams is replaced
here by Edwards.
The faces and clothing of the Deneva inhabitants who attack
the landing party are significantly different here from the
ones in the episode. In addition, the infected men here
repeat only the word "Intruders!" to the landing
party over and over. In
the episode, the men are actually trying to raucously warn
the Enterprise crewmembers away.
On page 10, panel 5, the face of the person speaking to Dr.
McCoy is obscured, but it would seem to be Kirk since he
refers to the doctor as Bones. But the figure's shirt is
colored blue instead of gold! His shirt is also colored blue
on page 13, panel 2.
After the landing party is attacked by several of the Deneva
colonists, the party stuns them with phasers. Scanning the
unconscious bodies with his tricorder, McCoy finds their autonomic
activity suggests they're being violently stimulated.
"Autonomic activity" is a reference to the autonomic nervous
system of the human body, that which controls involuntary
functions such as heart rate, respiration, digestion, etc.
The creatures seen here look a bit
different than the ones seen in the
In the original episode, one of the parasites attaches
itself to Spock's back and infects him before Kirk rips it
off. In the comic book, a parasite latches onto Spock's face
and then completely engulfs his head with its almost
protoplasmic body. Possibly the writer and artist wanted to
go for a more Alien facehugger feel for this story.
On page 17, panel 3, Kirk appears to be tapping the
Starfleet badge on his shirt in an attempt to contact the
Enterprise, instead of using his handheld communicator. In the era of
ST-TNG, Starfleet did have communicators built into the
badges, but this is the first we've seen it in the 23rd
Century era of Starfleet.
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