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Cloak and Dagger, Part 2 of 2 is a Star Trek: The Original Series comic published by Marvel Comics in 1997, it is the sixth issues in the Star Trek: Early Voyages series, and the second issue in the two-part story Cloak and Dagger. The story, by Dan Abnett and Ian Edgington, sees the USS Enterprise and crew in conflict with the lost Vulcan colony the Last-of-all-Cities.


As the USS Enterprise drifts crippled in space the Vulcans start to beam in. On Darien 224 Captain Christopher Pike is concerned, out of contact with his ship. On the bridge the crew put up a valiant fight. While in engineering Wright desperately calls the bridge for assistance as a Vulcan approaches; he is saved by Moves-With-Burning-Grace, armed with his battle lance. Driven off, the Vulcans retreat back to the USS Cortez.

Number One has Mister Tyler call up the frequency modulation of the Cortez's shields and takes them offline; leaving the ship vulnerable to a volley of photon torpedoes. The attack takes out the Cortez's artificial gravity. With a pause in the attack, Number One has repair teams get to work on the Enterprise.

On Darien 244 Sutek reports long range ground sensors have monitored the battle and that the Enterprise survives. Though conflict continues on the planet, in verbal attacks against the pacifist ideals of modern Vulcans and the Federation. Pike is eager to contact his ship, but T'Kell reminds him of the difficulty in communicating through Darien's atmosphere, he has to wait, content he has the Vulcans hospitality.

First Officer's Log, supplemental: Repairs are well underway, although we are still unable to contact the Captain or the landing party. Given our current circumstances, the welfare of the ship and crew are my highest priority now.

At a senior staff meeting Nurse Carlotti reports five are dead and twenty-nine injured. Grace reports the ships circuits have been reduced to slag by the Vulcan weapon, the shields were spared the worst but probably won't survive another attack. Number One has Mr Tyler reroute all power to shields and sensors, wanting not be caught out the next time the Cortez attacks.

In their accommodations on Darien the Starfleet personnel discuss the situation; Spock believes T'Kell's people to be no more trustworthy than the renegades, he suspects she plans to return to Vulcan with their telepathic weapons as conquerors. Sutek enters; the group has been summoned by T'Kell.

T'Kell welcomes the group to the Tabernacle of sharp conflict and informs them of her plans. Pike is to return to the Enterprise on the shuttlecraft the landing party came down in and make arrangements for the relocation of the Vulcans. En route he will act as bait for the Cortez, drawing it into the sights of the vorl-tak, a massive psionic weapon which harnesses the planet’s gravitational field as a psionic amplifier. As Spock warns, the weapon could potentially destroy the planetoid.

Spock points out that the weapon could be used to construct an impulse engine; they need not resort to genocide. For this Sutek strikes him down. Pike agrees to do as T'Kell demands, if T'Kell calls Sutek off of Spock.

On the Enterprise, Pike hails, he is on his way but under attack by the Cortez. The Enterprise moves to intercept while on the Cortez the Vulcans have their weapon charged to fire. Below, Spock makes one more futile attempt to persuade T'Kell her actions are unnecessary, but his logic cannot sway her passion, the Vorl-tak is fired, and the Cortez is blown to pieces.

Enterprise reentry

The Enterprise flys into Darien's atmosphere

On the Enterprise, Pike gets to the bridge to Number One's report that Darien is disintegrating; still not able to communicate with the landing party, and not willing to leave them to die, he orders Mister Tyler to take the Enterprise into the planetoid's atmosphere.

Below, Spock does his best to pull T'Kell out of danger, as she utters her dying words; instructing Spock to remember these Vulcans. The landing party is beamed to safety. The Enterprise then pulls away and safe from the planetoid's destruction.

Captain's Log, supplemental: The Enterprise has taken a serious pounding, nothing an overhaul and some R&R won't put right. However not all out problems can be so easily solved. I deeply regret the fate of the Vulcans of Darien 224. I sincerely wish it could have been otherwise, and I know I'm not the only one.

Pike goes to check on Spock, who is performing a ritual to purge what emotions he had; allowing his intellect and logic to take their "proper place". The incident has lead Spock to an understanding of the Vulcan people. "Passion kills Captain. Logic does not".



Phillip BoyceGabrielle CarlottiMia ColtSita MohindasMoves-With-Burning-GraceNanoNumber OneChristopher PikeSpockJohn StoneSutekTagokT'KellT'SilJosé TylerWrightunnamed USS Enterprise personnelunnamed Vulcans
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Adolf HitlerKhan Noonien Singh

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Columbus (Class F shuttlecraft) • USS Cortez (Miranda-class) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class)


bridgeDarien 224engineeringLast-of-all-CitiesTabernacle of sharp conflict
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Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

Federation StarfleetTagok's insurrectionistsUnited Federation of Planets
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Science and technoloyEdit

artificial gravity generatoratmospherebattle lancebloodblunt object traumacommunicatoreugenicsgravitational fieldimpulse enginelaser pistollirpalong range sensormagmamantlephaserphoton torpedoplanetplanetoidpsionic amplifierpuncture woundpyrotechnicsensorsensor ghostshieldslagstarstellar radiationtargeting arraythrustertol par-dojtransportervorl-takVulcan hyper weapon

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchief engineercommanderengineerfirst officerlieutenantmatriarchnursephysicianprincewarrioryeoman

Other referencesEdit

captain's logeugenics warriorfirst officer's loggeneral quartersgenocidegodlanding partylogicoff-worlderVulcan enlightenmentwarwar party



A stardate of 2396.6 is given in the story, which is assumed to take place in sequence with the rest of the Star Trek: Early Voyages series, circa 2254.

Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Cloak & Dagger
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The Flat, Gold Forever
c. 3rd century 
Prior to the Time of Awakening the Vulcan saw periods of war, using psionic weapons. (Events referenced in relation to origins and behavior of the Last-of-all-Cities Vulcans)
Stardate 2396.6 (c. 2254
The USS Enterprise is embroiled in an internal conflict between opposing groups from the Last-of-all-Cities colony. In the process the USS Cortez and Darien 224 are destroyed by the vorl-tak weapon. (Events of the comic.)

Production historyEdit

Published Order
Previous comic:
Cloak & Dagger
EV comics Next comic:
The Flat, Gold Forever
Previous story:
Cloak & Dagger
Stories by:
Dan Abnett & Ian Edgington
Next story:
The Flat, Gold Forever



USS Cortez cmd patch

Command division patch.

  • The uniform of the Cortez captain is shown with a distinctive assignment patch which, as the only appearance of the USS Cortez, appears only in this storyline.
  • The issue includes sixteen pages of adverts and editorial content including a one page advertisement for subscriptions to Marvel's comics, highlighting Star Trek comics with an image of the USS Voyager, and two pages of reader letters.


"Anyone so much as raises an eyebrow we'll drop you where..."

- An Enterprise security officer greeting the Vulcan boarding party.

"Your Federation is weak... an empire built on sand... ours is built on rock!"

- Sutek to Captain Pike.

Related storiesEdit

  • "Cloak & Dagger" (EV comic) - This issue is the second part of a two-part story, directly and immediately continuing the story from the previous issue.
  • The Cage (TOS episode) - This comic offers an explanation for Spock's atypically emotional state in the pilot episode, smiling and such. At the end of the comic, having concluded the emotions of the Vulcans were their undoing, Spock performs a purification ritual to rid himself of what emotions he did have to become a being of pure logic.
  • The Flat, Gold Forever (EV comic) - The next Early Voyages issue sees the Enterprise at Deep Space Station K-12 having spent a week there undergoing repairs following this events of this comic.
  • Immortal Wounds (EV comic) - T'Kell warns Sutek to "Watch them. The Physician especially. He is more than he appears", presumably telepathically detecting the multiple personalities Doctor Boyce harbors as revealed in this comic.
  • Space Seeds (TOS episode) - Spock foreshadows the events of this episode comparing the risk of the Darien Vulcans to Vulcan to Pike discovering "a colony of Khan's eugenics warriors".
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (TOS movie) - The conflict between the Enterprise and the Cortez mirrors the events of this film a great deal. Most obviously the Enterprise is faced with a Miranda class starship and once again the ship has been commandeered by fanatics. As in the film, Number One uses the Cortez's command codes to take down the shields to make it vulnerable to attack after its initial brutal attack. And finally, like the Reliant the Cortez is destroyed by a powerful technology, though in this case a planet is destroyed in the process rather than created.
Media featuring Christopher Pike
Episodes The CageThe Menagerie Movies Star TrekStar Trek Into Darkness
Novels Enterprise: The First AdventureVulcan's GloryLegacyThe RiftWhere Sea Meets SkyBurning DreamsA Less Perfect UnionThe Children of Kings
Short stories Conflicting NaturesA Private AnecdoteSins of the MotherThe Greater Good
Comics Early Voyages Flesh of My FleshThe Fires of PharosOur Dearest BloodNor Iron Bars a CageCloak and Dagger (12) • The Flat, Gold ForeverImmortal WoundsOne of a KindThe Fallen (12) • Futures, Part OneFuture TenseFuturesNow and ThenThanatosNemesis
other All Those Years Ago...To Walk the NightDoor in the CageReturn to the Forbidden PlanetA Prelude to WarAlien Spotlight Alien Spotlight, Volume I (VulcansOrions) • Mirror Images (1245) • Shadows of the PastThe Ends of EternitySpock: Reflections, Issue 2Star Trek Movie Adaptation (23456) • Captain's Log: Pike


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