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The Khitomer Conflict was a four-part comic story arc, part of the ongoing series of Kelvin timeline Star Trek comics begun by IDW Publishing in 2013.

Premise Edit

Back cover blurb

After the events of Star Trek Into Darkness, the U.S.S. Enterprise embarks on a new five-year mission of exploration. Meanwhile remnants of Starfleet's black-ops division, Section 31, have been laying groundwork for a war between the Romulan and Klingon Empires, hoping that the conflict will tip the balance of power in the Federation's favor, with the Enterprise caught in the middle.


Number Writer(s) Artist(s) Published Cover(s)
#25: The Khitomer Conflict, Part 1
Mike Johnson
Erfan Fajar
25 September 2013
IDW Star Trek, Issue 25
#26: The Khitomer Conflict, Part 2
23 October 2013
IDW Star Trek, Issue 26
#27: The Khitomer Conflict, Part 3
27 November 2013
IDW Star Trek, Issue 27
#28: The Khitomer Conflict, Part 4
18 December 2013

Summary Edit

The Klingon colony on Khitomer is obliterated in a Romulan attack. Commander L’Nar celebrates this “first” victory and thanks his Section 31 contact for augmenting his weapons. The Enterprise docks at Starbase K-11 for final resupply and crew rotation before embarking on its 5-year mission. Among the new faces is Lieutenant Yuki Sulu, Hikaru’s younger sister, though he isn’t happy she’s onboard. Instead of heading into unexplored space, Kirk decides to respond to Khitomer’s distress call. However, the Enterprise comes under attack from Commander Kor’s fleet of advanced Narada-inspired birds-of-prey, and Kirk’s landing party is captured.

Spock orders a retreat to protect the ship and crew, withdrawing to Federation space, where he is ordered not to attempt a rescue mission. L’Nar rendezvouses with a Section 31 squadron and the joint fleet launches an attack on Q’onoS. Kor delivers his captives to the homeworld for interrogation, and though the Starfleet officers escape their captors in the chaos of the attack, they are soon captured by Section 31 and beamed aboard the Romulan flagship. Kirk learns of 31’s plan to “permanently” end the Klingon threat before it reaches Earth.

The Enterprise crew discovers that the Khitomer attacker’s weapons signature matches that of the Vengeance. Fearing that Starfleet Command could still be compromised by Section 31, Spock takes the ship to Q’onoS against orders. He finds an intense battle being waged between the 31-augmented Romulan fleet and the Narada-augmented Klingon fleet, but is able to rescue Kirk and the others. However, Kirk quickly returns to the planet’s surface with a strike team to prevent 31’s “final solution,” finding Yuki Sulu aiding 31’s operatives.

The Romulans deliver a detonator containing the only remaining red matter still in existence, but then Section 31 turns against their allies, who have apparently served their purpose and are of no more use to the shadowy agency. Kirk convinces Yuki that using the red matter will end its threat potential—as it can only be used once—and that all surviving Klingons will retaliate against Earth. Q’onoS is spared and 31 activates a sleeper program that destroys the Romulan fleet. Kirk and his team return to the Enterprise, but Yuki remains with her allies and 31 maintains ownership of the red matter. Sulu begins to come to terms with his sister’s treachery, and Kirk reaffirms his commitment to uphold the values and ideals that the Federation was founded upon.



Stories set in the Kelvin timeline
comics When Worlds Collide: Spock Confronts the Ultimate ChallengeNero (1234) • Starfleet Academy (12345) • Star Trek Movie Adaptation (123456) • IDW Star Trek: Star Trek, Volume 1 (1st story arc: 1, 2The Galileo Seven: 1, 2) • Star Trek, Volume 2 (Operation: Annihilate: 1, 2Vulcan's Vengeance: 1, 2) • Star Trek, Volume 3 (The Return of the Archons: 1, 2The Truth About Tribbles: 1, 2) • Star Trek, Volume 4 (1314Mirrored: 1, 2) • Star Trek, Volume 5 (17181920) • Countdown to Darkness (1234) • Star Trek, Volume 6 (After Darkness: 1, 2, 324) • Star Trek, Volume 7: The Khitomer Conflict (1234) • Khan (12345) • Star Trek, Volume 8 (Parallel Lives: 1, 2I, Enterprise!: 1, 2Lost Apollo: 1, 2) • Star Trek, Volume 9: The Q Gambit (123456) • Star Trek, Volume 10 (Behemoth: 1, 2Eurydice: 1, 2, 3The Tholian Webs: 1, 2) • The Spectrum War (123456) • Deity (12) • Live Evil (123) • Reunion (12) • Legacy of Spock (1234) • Connection (12) • Manifest Destiny (1234) • Stranger Worlds: • 1Boldly Go: 1234
novels Star TrekStarfleet Academy (The Delta AnomalyThe EdgeThe Gemini AgentThe Assassination Game) • Into Darkness
video games Delta Vega: Meltdown on the Ice PlanetAcademy TrainerCadet Training FacilityD-A-CRace to DestinyThe Mobile GameStar TrekRivals
board games Expeditions live-action shorts Transporter CommercialBrilliant Enterprise CommercialCollision insurance commercialBold Explorers
websites Starfleet ShipyardDossiersExperience The Enterprise apps Star Trek App
prequels in original timeline Countdown (1234)


Published Order
Previous comic:
Star Trek, Volume 6: After Darkness
TOS Omnibus
Next comic:
Star Trek, Volume 8
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