Star-crossed"A Bright Particular Star" was the 75th issue of DC Comics' 1989 series of Star Trek comics, released September 1995. The issue consisted of a 22 page story that was a third and final part of the Star-Crossed story arc, as written by Howard Weinstein. The art was penciled by Rachel Ketchum and inked by Mark Heike, with Margaret Clark credited as editor.


The USS Enterprise approaches Earth following the completion of its five-year mission. The crew witnesses the loss of an experimental starship during an engine test, but their offers of assistance are declined. After arriving home, the crew is informed that the Enterprise is to be completely refit. Leonard McCoy and Spock resign from Starfleet in protest to the secrecy and cancellation of further missions, while James T. Kirk reluctantly accepts promotion, to learn more about the mysterious transwarp drive program.

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Log entriesEdit

Captain's log, stardate 6558.2 
Having completed our assigned five-year mission, the Enterprise is coming home. After shore leave and standard maintenance on the ship, I look forward to a second five-year deployment.
Captain's log, supplemental 
My senior officers and i have a scheduled meeting with Admiral Balzay, presumably to discuss details of our next deployment.



BalzayPavel ChekovJames T. KirkLiftigCarol MarcusLeonard McCoyPierreSantiagoMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluTyya TurnerNyota UhuraRobert WesleyAdvanced Propulsion Test Facility personnelUSS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnelNX-500 personnelXP personnel
Referenced only 
David MarcusMars, God of War

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • NX-500 (NX-500 type) • NCC-1701/9 (class F shuttlecraft) • Starfleet 19Starfleet 52curie (Starfleet 394)Viking landerXP (XP type)


Earth, Mars, Saturn (Sol system, sector 001, the galaxy's Alpha Quadrant) • Starbase 8

Planetary localesEdit

Golden Gate BridgeSan Francisco (California, North America) • Georgia
Referenced only 
Oxford University (England)
Mars Exploration MuseumUtopia Planitia Fleet Yards

Shipboard areasEdit

USS Enterprise 
bridgecorridorquarters (Kirk's)

Stations and outpostsEdit

Advanced Propulsion Test FacilityStarfleet Headquarters
Referenced only 
Starfleet Academy

Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

Federation CouncilJPLStarfleetStarfleet MedicalStarfleet OperationsUnited Federation of Planets

Technology and weaponsEdit

deflector shieldimpulse engineinfokioskintra-warp driveplasma injectorshuttlecraftspace stationstarshiptranswarp drivewarp drive

Energy and effectsEdit

warp field

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralcaptainchief engineerchief medical officerchief of Starfleet Operationscommandercommand divisioncommanding officercommunications officerdoctorengineerFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)flag officerfirst officerlieutenantlieutenant commanderhelmsmanmedical practitionernavigatorofficerone star admiraloperations divisionscientistscience officersciences divisionsecond officersecuritysecurity chiefsenior staffweapons officertactical officer

Other referencesEdit

alcoholassignment patchawardatmospherebaconcaptain's logchefclothingdress uniformeggfishingfive-year missionfoodgalaxygenegoatgodgovernmenthomeworldhumanoidlanguagelifeformlog entrylogiclight-yearmattermonthnation-stateNCCoilplanetplasmaraces and culturesrankrefitshore leavespacestarstar systemStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2260s)subspacetartantechnologytimetitleuniformuniverseUSSwarwarp factorwaterweaponweekwineyear


James T. Kirk and Carol Marcus part ways. (7 years prior to story)
stardate 6558.2, 2270 (2270s chronology, 2264–2270 Enterprise voyages
Enterprise travels home.



There are numerous accounts of the end of Kirk's five-year mission. In particular, the depiction of Enterprise returning home overlaps with the opening sequence of TOS novel: The Lost Years, and the voyage back to Earth and the crew disembarking was shown in TOS comic: "The Final Voyage".



published order
Previous comic:
#74: Loved Not Wisely...
TOS comics
(DC Comics 2nd series)
Next comic:
#76: Prisoners
chronological order

External linkEdit

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