"Q Factor" is the 3rd issue of DC Comics's 1988 TNG comic miniseries, written by Michael Carlin. This was the first part of a three issue Q story arc, illustrated by Pablo Marcos, Carlos Garzon and Arne Starr.


Captain's log, stardate 42120.3 
Having successfully introduced the Creeg—a race of energy siphons—to our Federation on Tarod, the Enterprise makes its way on impulse power to Faltos, the first planet outside the charted periphery of Sector 902. That is, of course, if Faltos exists at all. She has always been more legend than certainty.
Embarking on a newly issued assignment always leads to a mixture of emotions for my crew—most paradoxically anticipation and trepidation. Never knowing, yet needing to know what lies ahead drives us—and caution, governed by reason, keeps us returning home time after time.
But to do any good at all in this day and age, the Federation needs factual information—and it's our job to bring it back.
In this instance Faltos is the unknown that lies ahead—and barring any side-tracking, the Enterprise will tell the Federation what it needs to know by 42150.
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Michael BickleyPatricia BickleyBeverly CrusherWesley CrusherDataReglech D'PruGibsonHahnGeordi La ForgeJean-Luc PicardQWilliam T. RikerDeanna TroiTurnerWorf, son of MoghTasha Yarunnamed Humans (Humans) • unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) personnel (USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) personnel)

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Galaxy-class explorer) • Reglech's starship (unnamed starships)


Sector 902, the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants
Referenced only 
Tarod star system, the galaxy's Beta Quadrant) • FaltosNew Paris (Turkana IV, Turkana star system, the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants)

Shipboard areasEdit

USS Enterprise-D 
bridgebattle bridgequarterssaucer sectionsickbaystardrive sectiontransporter room

Races and culturesEdit

Referenced only 

Technology and weaponsEdit

combadgedeflector shieldholodeckphaserphoton torpedosensorsstarshiptransportertricorderviewscreen

Materials and substancesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

FederationQ ContinuumStarfleet

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchief medical officercommandercommanding officercounselordoctorFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2350s-2360s)first officerflight controllerhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commanderlieutenant junior grademedical practitionerofficeroperations managersecond officersecurity chieftactical officerweapons officer

Other referencesEdit

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The Creeg encounter the Enterprise. (prior to issue)
stardate 41195.7, 2364 (2360s chronology, Enterprise-D voyages
Enterprise travels towards Faltos.


Related storiesEdit


Stardates 42125.7 through 42150 given in the story, but the DC Comics TNG Timeline adjusts the stardate to 41195.7.


published order
Previous comic:
#2: Spirit in the Sky!
TNG comics
DC volume 1
Next comic:
#4: Q's Day
Previous story:
Spirit in the Sky!
Comics by:
Michael Carlin
Next story:
Q's Day
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Spirit in the Sky!
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Q's Day
Previous Adventure:
Spirit in the Sky!
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
Next Adventure:
Q's Day

External linkEdit

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