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"The Truth About Tribbles, Part 1" was the eleventh issue of IDW Publishing's ongoing series of Star Trek comics. The issue consisted of the first part of The Truth About Tribbles, a loose alternate reality adaptation of TOS episode: "The Trouble with Tribbles", as adapted from the original by writer Mike Johnson. Issue art was by Claudia Balboni, with colors and lettering by Ilaria Traversi and Neil Uyetake, respectively. This series premiere was edited by Scott Dunbier, with Roberto Orci credited as creative consultant.


On Delta Vega, Spock Prime notices that Montgomery Scott has a pet tribble that he intends to send to his nephew, Chris, at Starfleet Academy. He says that it is an ideal pet. Spock Prime is worried. Kirk, Scott, Keenser, and Spock Prime head for the shuttlecraft.

One year later, Scott and Chekov are performing an unauthorized experiment in transwarp beaming using the tribble. With summer vacation going on, only Scott's nephew, Chris, is at the Academy. They beam the tribble through subspace relays to Chris. Just then, Captain Kirk sounds a red alert. Chekov thinks Kirk has found out about their experiment, but he is wrong.

Captain's Log, Stardate 2259.155

An exploratory mission to the Iota Germinorum system has resulted in an encounter with a Klingon Bird-of-Prey far from the border of their empire.

As the Klingons are enemies of the Federation, this encounter would lead to war, but that is not why they are here. The Klingons leave. Spock suggests going to Iota Geminorum IV, which is habitable. He detects something mysterious. Kirk orders Sulu to proceed to the planet at full impulse.

On Iota Geminorum IV, Kirk, Spock, Scott, and Chekov discover tribbles, which replicate right in front of them. They spot a bomb surrounded by tribbles. The landing party realizes that the tribbles could pose a threat to Earth. Just then, a predator that feeds on tribbles attacks Kirk and is killed. More predators arrive and are killed. Chekov gets worried that the tribble they beamed to Starfleet Academy could be trouble. Scott is sure his nephew will call if there is any problem. Little do they know that San Francisco has been overrun by tribbles.

To be continued...



James T. KirkSpockMontgomery ScottPavel ChekovHikaru SuluNyota UhuraSpock PrimeChris ScottKeenser
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Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS EnterpriseKlingon Bird-of-Prey


San Francisco

Shipboard localesEdit

USS Enterprise
bridgetransporter room


Delta VegaEarthIota Geminorum IV

Stars and systemsEdit

Iota GeminorumIota Geminorum system

Stellar regionsEdit

Milky Way Galaxy

Races and CulturesEdit

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States and OrganizationsEdit

StarfleetStarfleet AcademyFederationKlingon Empire

Technology and weaponsEdit

bombcommunicatorphaserstarshipsubspace relaytricordertransportertranswarp beaming

Ranks and titlesEdit


Other referencesEdit

spontaneous asexual replicationghost townAndorian cheesered alertxenobiology


Spock Prime notices the tribble.
Enterprise visits Iota Geminorum IV.



Related StoriesEdit

  • TOS movie: Star Trek Into Darkness - The tribble featured in this story as the main antagonist appears in the film. Also, the stardate of most of the film is before the stardate in this issue.


Cover galleryEdit


Stories set in the alternate reality from the movie Star Trek
Comics When Worlds Collide: Spock Confronts the Ultimate ChallengeNero ("Number One" • "Number Two" • "Number Three" • "Number Four") • Star Trek Movie Adaptation ("Number One" • "Number Two" • "Number Three" • "Number Four" • "Number Five" • "Number Six") • IDW Star Trek: Star Trek, Volume 1 (1st story arc: "Issue 1", "Issue 2" • The Galileo Seven: "Part 1", "Part 2") • Star Trek, Volume 2 (Operation: Annihilate: "Part 1", "Part 2" • Vulcan's Vengeance: "Part 1", "Part 2") • Star Trek, Volume 3 (The Return of the Archons: "Part 1", "Part 2" • The Truth About Tribbles: "Part 1", "Part 2") • Star Trek, Volume 4 ("Issue 13" • "Issue 14" • Mirrored: "Part 1", "Part 2") • Star Trek, Volume 5 ("Issue 17" • "Issue 18" • "Issue 19" • "Issue 20") • Countdown to Darkness ("Number One" • "Number Two" • "Number Three" • "Number Four") • Star Trek, Volume 6: After Darkness (After Darkness ("Part 1" • "Part 2" • "Part 3") • IDW Star Trek, Issue 24) • Star Trek, Volume 7: The Khitomer Conflict ("Part "1, "Part "2, "Part "3, "Part "4) • Khan ("Number One", "Number Two", "Number Three", "Number Four", "Number Five") • Star Trek, Volume 8 (Parallel Lives ("Part 1", "Part 2") • I, Enterprise! ("Part 1", "Part 2") • Lost Apollo (Part 1, Part 2) • The Q Gambit (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6) • Behemoth (Part 1, Part 2) • Eurydice (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) • The Tholian Webs (Part 1, Part 2) • Deity (Part 1, Part 2) • Live Evil (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
Novels Star TrekStarfleet Academy (The Delta AnomalyThe EdgeThe Gemini AgentThe Assassination Game) • Into Darkness
Board games Expeditions
Video games Delta Vega: Meltdown on the Ice PlanetAcademy TrainerCadet Training FacilityD-A-CRace to DestinyThe Mobile GameStar TrekRivals
Websites Starfleet ShipyardDossiersExperience The Enterprise
Live-Action Shorts Transporter CommercialBrilliant Enterprise CommercialCollision insurance commercialBold Explorers
Prequels in original timeline "Countdown" ("Number One" • "Number Two" • "Number Three" • "Number Four")
Apps Star Trek App
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