"After Darkness, Part 1" was the twenty-first issue of IDW Publishing's ongoing series of Star Trek comics, published May 2013. Colors and lettering by Stellar Labs and Chris Mowry, respectively. This comic was edited by Scott Dunbier, with Roberto Orci credited as creative consultant.


After the events of STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, the USS Enterprise embarks on a new five-year mission of exploration. But far from Earth, across the cosmos, new threats to the security of the Federation begin to rise...

On Qo'nos, the Klingon Empire have found out Captain Kirk's identity from a spy. The Klingons are now considering war strategies. Meanwhile, Robert April and Captain Kirk engage in a conversation about what Robert April and Admiral Marcus. Marcus had placed the fail-safe into Kirk's computer to allow April to take control. The incident on Phaedus was merely a distraction while Admiral Marcus attacked Qo'nos. April is shown to hate the Klingons. Kirk walks out.

One week later, the Enterprise's five-year mission has begun. Kirk has a problem. Spock has gone crazy. At sickbay, Spock explains that he is going through pon farr. Spock must mate. They arrive at New Vulcan on time. Because the transporter is offline for maintenance, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, and Carol Marcus take a shuttle. Dr. Marcus is looking to discuss the Helios Device. On New Vulcan, the crew meet with Sarek, Spock's father, explaining that Spock has pon farr. They meet T'Pring who was betrothed Spock many years ago.

On Romulus, the Romulan senator from Vulcan's Vengeance, Part 2 is suspicious of Captain Kirk's number one nemesis, Section 31. Section 31 has made a proposition to attack the Klingon Empire.

To be continued...



Robert AprilPavel ChekovKaiJames T. KirkCarol MarcusLeonard McCoyRomulan senatorSarekMontgomery ScottSection 31 operative • SpockHikaru SuluT'PringNyota Uhura
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John HarrisonAlexander MarcusMudd

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise • unnamed Enterprise shuttlecraft
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Central AmericaEarthFirst CityKi BaratanNew VulcanNorth AmericaPhaedusQo'nosRomulus
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Gorn galaxyVulcan

Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

Federation StarfleetKlingon EmpireRomulan SenateRomulan Star EmpireSection 31Starfleet Security

Technology and weaponsEdit

Helios Devicehelmethypo-sprayimpulse enginerestraintwarp drive

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchief engineerdoctorengineerfatherlieutenantscience officersmuggler

Other referencesEdit

adrenalineappetizerarterybridgecaptain's logcolonyconndaydeathbedfevergenocidehomeworldinterstellarlight yearminuteplak towplanetpon farrprisonquartersshuttle baysickbaySleeping Beautywarweekyear



  • The only title information given is on the cover, with the phrase After Darkness. The Part 1 is taken from solicitation information.

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