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1st star-spanning collector's issue! (part 1 of 4) – "The Wormhole Connection" was the first issue of DC Comics' 1984 series of Star Trek comics. The issue was edited by Marv Wolfman, and written by Mike W. Barr. The art was penciled by Tom Sutton and inked by Ricardo Villagran, with Michele Wolfman and John Costanza credited as colorist and letterer, respectively.

SummaryEdit

Captain's log, stardate 8141.5. 
Though Klingon violations of the Neutral Zone are fairly frequent, they have been unusually numerous of late. The USS Gallant has been ordered to patrol this quadrant, putting an end to all such incursions of Federation space, as designated by the Organian Peace Treaty. The mission seems to be a simple matter of showing the flag. I expect no problems. Captain Bearclaw reporting.

Captain Bearclaw asks his science officer, Bryce, for a report on sensor readings. Bryce says he thought he saw a strange energy wave, but it moved too fast for an accurate reading. Suddenly, the USS Gallant is attacked by four Klingon battle cruisers. The log buoy is launched just before the ship is destroyed. As Captain Koloth celebrates with his fellow Klingons, his helmsman, Ensign Konom is horrified at the sight of what has just happened.

Captain's log, stardate 8145.3. 
Doctor Carol Marcus and Doctor David Marcus… my son… have returned to the Regula 1 Space Laboratory base to continue their work and the crew of USS Reliant has been relocated to Starbase 12 for medical attention and reassignment. The USS Enterprise has returned to Earth where I have requested an audience with Starfleet Grand Admiral Stephen Turner, concerning a matter of the gravest personal importance.

Admiral James T. Kirk meets with Grand Admiral Stephen Turner to request assignment as captain of the Enterprise. Turner relents, stating that Starfleet has taken the ship away from Kirk twice and that's lesson enough for him. Kirk gives Sulu the good news, which is piped throughout the ship. McCoy, Scotty, and Uhura elect to remain aboard as replacement crewmen report for duty. Saavik is assigned the position of science officer, the role served by her mentor, Spock.

Captain's log, stardate 8145.6. 
We have received our first assignment, and have left Earth orbit, en route to Section 14 of the Gamma Hydra system.

As the Enterprise approaches the Neutral Zone, Captain Kirk addresses the ship, specifically the newer crewmen. After Kirk's address, Ensign Nancy Bryce leaves one of the recreation areas and has a violent encounter with fellow ensign Bearclaw. Bearclaw blames the destruction of the Gallant, and his father, on the alleged incompetence of Bryce's father as science officer. Kirk dresses down both of them and reminds all of the new crewmen present that everyone will be treated and evaluated as an individual. Kirk reports to the bridge with Nancy Bryce in tow as Saavik informs him that the ship has arrived. Saavik also recommends raising shields, but Kirk decides against it as an attempt to lure the Klingons out of hiding.

Aboard a Klingon battlecruiser, Ensign Konom secretly transmits a signal to the Enterprise before the battle group attacks and seemingly disappears. The Klingon ships reappear and continue their attack. Kirk recognizes the group tactic and compensates, foiling the attack.

Captain's log, supplemental. 
My strategy was successful. The Klingons, thinking us defeated, continued their synchronized attack, leaving themselves open to a synchronized attack of my own!

Captain Koloth's ship survives enough to retreat and mysteriously vanishes with the other surviving ship. When Saavik is unable to explain the Klingons' ability to disappear, Kirk snaps at her in front of the bridge crew as he leaves for the briefing room. Just prior to the department head meeting, Saavik visits Dr. McCoy in the sick bay to discuss Kirk's recent attitude toward her. McCoy explains that he's unconsciously comparing her to the recently deceased Captain Spock. McCoy meets with Kirk to discuss his problem with Saavik, reminding him that she's an individual and deserves to be treated thusly.

Captain's log, stardate 8148.9. 
Time is of the essence. The Klingons may reappear at any second, and we must be ready for them.

A meeting is held with the department heads to discuss the Klingon situation. Kirk asks if it could possibly be their cloaking device, but Scotty says that was "cracked wide open years ago." Saavik reports that an unidentified and anomalous energy wave was detected. Scotty recognizes the wave as one caused by a wormhole and that the Klingons must have found a way to stabilize one to enter and exit at will. While the Enterprise can't enter the wormhole in its present state, Scotty says he could rig the transporter to send a few crewmen and maybe a shuttlecraft. Saavik notes the disorienting effect wormholes have on the human psyche and volunteers for the mission based on her half-Vulcan lineage. Kirk has already chosen Saavik to fly the shuttlecraft as he and Nancy Bryce go on a reconnaisance mission using thruster suits.

Captain's log, stardate 8149.1. 
Ensign Bryce and I are ready to depart, but one thing remains to be done...

Kirk orders Uhura to notify the Organians of the situation instead of Starfleet. Saavik leaves the ship aboard the Galileo 3 shuttlecraft, which has been modified with a warpsled. Once Saavik engages the warpsled, Scotty energizes the transporter to transmit Kirk and Bryce inside the wormhole where they find a highly-armed Klingon space station.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

John BearclawWilliam BearclawAndre BryceNancy BryceChristine ChapelPavel ChekovFredericksJames T. KirkCaptain KolothKonomLeonard McCoySaavikMontgomery ScottHikaru SuluStephen TurnerNyota Uhura
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Carol MarcusDavid MarcusSpock

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS GallantGalileo III
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USS Reliant (Miranda-class cruiser)

LocationsEdit

EarthGamma Hydra sector (Gamma Hydra) • Klingon space stationOrganiaRegula 1 Space Laboratory
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Starbase 12

Races and culturesEdit

HumanKlingonVulcan
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Organian

States and organizationsEdit

FederationKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireStarfleetStarfleet Command

Other referencesEdit

cloaking deviceOrganian Peace Treatyphoton torpedothruster suitsailing vesselswormhole

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • This was the first issue of DC Comics' first attempt at a Star Trek comic book.
  • On the last page is an essay by Mike W. Barr titled "Memoirs of a First-Generation Trekkie."
  • A variation of the maroon uniform is seen for the first time in this story. The division-color turtleneck is worn, but a v-neck tunic is worn instead of the wraparound tunic seen in the films.
  • This story features the first appearances of key supporting characters William Bearclaw, Nancy Bryce, and Konom.
  • The Captain Koloth seen in this issue and the next, cannot be the same Koloth who encountered the Enterprise in the episode, "The Trouble with Tribbles".
  • This story takes place after Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, but before Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. At the time this story was written, the storyline for the third film was very much unknown.

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ConnectionsEdit

Published Order
Previous comic:
first issue
TOS comics
DC Volume 1
Next comic:
"... The Only Good Klingon..."
Previous story:
"The Azphari Enigma"
Star Trek III Short Stories
continuing voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) Next story:
"... The Only Good Klingon..."
Previous story:
"The Long Night's Dawn!"
Stories by:
Mike W. Barr
Next story:
"... The Only Good Klingon..."
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
"The Azphari Enigma"
Star Trek III Short Stories
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
"... The Only Good Klingon..."

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