The cover of this issue is an homage
to a scene from the original series
episode "The Trouble With Tribbles",
though no similar scene occurs in
|Cover of Star
"The Trouble With Tribbles"
Page 1 is a flashback to a previously unseen moment on the
snowbound world of Delta Vega from
"The Vengeance of Nero".
In the flashback, Scotty tells Spock-Prime that he obtained
his pet (a tribble, though he doesn't know that's what the
creature is called) from a trader named Jones. This would be
Cyrano Jones, the trader who brought the tribbles aboard
Deep Space Station K-7 in the original series episode
"The Trouble With Tribbles".
Scotty remarks that he's been meaning to send the tribble to
his nephew at the Academy. His nephew, Chris, is seen
helping his uncle with a transporter experiment on pages
"The Truth About Tribbles" Part 2 reveals that Chris'
last name is Scott.
Scotty also has another nephew named Peter Preston,
seen in the original timeline in Star Trek: The Wrath of
Presumably, the tribble Scotty beams
to his nephew is the same one he had on Delta Vega.
It's awfully coincidental that the Enterprise happens to run
across the homeworld of the tribbles at the same time that
Scotty has chosen to beam his pet tribble to Earth in a
transwarp beaming experiment.
On page 2, panel 2, the text on the transporter shield
reads, in part, "Don't Touch, Beware, Various Text." The
"various text" line may have been left in accidentally from
writer's instructions or, possibly, as a joke.
The captain's log on page 4 informs us that the stardate is
The Enterprise is on an exploratory mission to the Iota Germinorum system,
where the crew pays a visit to the unexplored world of
Iota Germinorum IV, the apparent homeworld of the tribbles.
"Iota Germinorum" seems to be a misspelling of Iota Geminorum,
the homeworld of the tribbles as mentioned in various
Star Trek sources set within the original timeline.
Throughout the bridge scenes, notice that artist Claudia
Balboni uses lens flare effects in her panels in the same
manner JJ Abrams did in the Star Trek movie.
On page 5, panel 4, the artist has mistakenly placed
Scotty's legs in front of the protruding hologram projector
(or whatever it is) on Sulu's navigation console even though
he's standing far behind them, next to the captain's chair.
On page 9, panel 5, Kirk's dialog seems to have mistakenly
been given to Chekov.
There is a small ring-and-pin like structure on the right-side chest of the environment suits worn by the four landing
party members. But the structure is missing from some of
them at different times throughout the story.
On page 17, panel 2, Kirk's dialog has been mistakenly given
The last page of the story is a shot of buildings and
grounds in or near Starfleet Academy in San Francisco,
covered with tribbles.
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