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"Tholian Web, Part 1" was the 46th issue of IDW Publishing's 2011 ongoing series of Star Trek comics, written by Mike Johnson. This was the first part of The Tholian Webs story arc, illustrated by Rachael Stott.

SummaryEdit

Previously in Star Trek 
The USS Enterprise is on a five-year mission of discovery into uncharted space. Following their encounter with the alien pirate Eurydice, the ship's stores of rare dilithium crystals have been filled and its warp drive repaired. Currently en route from deep in the Delta Quadrant, the Enterprise seeks to resume it exploration at the far edges of the Alpha Quadrant

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.


The crew begins to go insane when the Enterprise is caught in interphase on their return from the Delta Quadrant. At the edge of the Alpha Quadrant, Leonard McCoy places himself in medicine-induced unconsciousness, Hikaru Sulu hijacks the bridge and Scotty initiates saucer separation just as the Tholians attack with multiple Tholian webs for the saucer section and secondary hull.

Log entriesEdit

  • Captain's log, stardate 2262.54. 
    We're on our way home. Not all the way, our mission isn't over yet. But close enough to re-establish contact with Starfleet, and make repairs after the events of the past few weeks.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

0718Pavel ChekovKeenserJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyO'NeillMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed USS Enterprise alternate reality NCC-1701 personnel (USS Enterprise alternate reality NCC-1701 personnel)
Referenced only 
Eurydice

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Tholian starship

LocationsEdit

the galaxy's Alpha Quadrant
Referenced only 
AltairDark MarketDelta Quadrant

Shipboard areasEdit

bridgebriefing roomcorridorengineeringquarterssaucer sectionsecondary hullsickbay

Races and culturesEdit

HumanhumanoidTholianVulcan

Materials and substancesEdit

alcoholAltairian soupatmosphereBourboncrystaldilithiumdrinkfoodlunchmoleculesoup

States and organizationsEdit

FederationStarfleet

Technology and weaponsEdit

communicatorcomputercommand chairdocking clampgoggleshelmhyposprayimpulse driveintercomphaserphaser (alternate reality)phaser pistolpistolspacecraftstarshipTholian webtype-2 phaserwarp drive

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchief engineerchief medical officercommand divisioncommandercommanding officercommunications officerconndoctorengineerensignFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (alternate 2250s)first officerhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commandermedical practitionermisternavigatorofficeroperations divisionscience officersciences divisiontactical officerweapons officer

Other referencesEdit

alienalternate realityanatomyastrophysicscaptain's logcaptain's log, USS Enterprise (alternate reality NCC-1701)clothingcommunicationsdeathenergyUSS Enterprise personnelfive-year missionhumanoidinterphaseinterphase psychosislifeformlog entrylogicmattermedicinenavigationpainpiracyplanetpsychologyquadrantraces and culturesranksaucer separationspacestarstar systemstardateStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (alternate reality)stuntechnologytimetitleuniformuniverseVulcan nerve pinchweaponweekyear

ChronologyEdit

earlier in the year 2262 (Kelvin timeline
Enterprise is stranded. (Eurydice)

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • Although Lieutenant Chekov appears on the standard edition cover wearing an operations division red shirt (with no rank insignia, indicating an ensign), he wears his command division gold shirt throughout the issue. In fact, despite appearing on both edition covers, he has only one line and appears in only a few panels.
  • 0718 has no dialogue, and only appears unconscious, stunned on the bridge.
  • This issue is the debut of the alternate Enterprise's saucer separation feature. Writer Mike Johnson stated in advance coverage[citation needed] that the plural version "The Tholian Webs" was important to a story point, but initial solicitations showed the title as "Tholian Web", in the singular. The final printed covers reflect the plural version of the title.

ConnectionsEdit

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: Volume 1 (1st story arc: 1, 2The Galileo Seven: 1, 2) • Volume 2 (Operation: Annihilate: 1, 2Vulcan's Vengeance: 1, 2) • Volume 3 (The Return of the Archons: 1, 2The Truth About Tribbles: 1, 2) • Volume 4 (1314Mirrored: 1, 2) • Volume 5 (17181920) • Countdown to Darkness (1234) • Volume 6 (After Darkness: 1, 2, 324) • Volume 7: The Khitomer Conflict (1234) • Khan (12345) • Volume 8 (Parallel Lives: 1, 2I, Enterprise!: 1, 2Lost Apollo: 1, 2) • Volume 9: The Q Gambit (123456) • 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)
previous comic:
#45: Eurydice, Part 3
Eurydice
The Original Series (IDW series) next comic:
#47: The Tholian Webs, Part 2
The Tholian Webs

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