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Cover image

Writer(s): Martin Pasko
Artist(s): Gray Morrow
Publisher: DC Comics
Series: DC TOS volume 1 #56
Published: November 1988
Pages: 22
Stardate: 3547.2 (2260s)

From the first five-year mission!

Background Information Edit

  • At this point in the series, the Paramount Pictures licensing approval for comics was being made stricter, as a result it was not known at the time of this issue's publication that the series would be canceled for retooling.
  • One detail of this story that may have proven contentious to the studio was the use of a religious plot-line, since dealing with belief (and God) was rare for Star Trek. This also crossed into story territory covered in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, which was in production at the time.
  • This story takes place after TOS: "Shore Leave", when Barrows was an Enterprise yeoman, but before TOS: "The Tholian Web", when the Defiant was subsequently lost.
  • This issue was the first time cover artist Jerome K. Moore inked his own work. [1]

Creators Edit

Characters Edit

Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in DC TOS volume 1 characters.
Star Trek TOS cast

Enterprise senior staff

James T. Kirk 
Enterprise captain.
Spock 
Vulcan Enterprise exec and science officer.
Leonard McCoy 
Enterprise surgeon.
Montgomery Scott 
Enterprise chief engineer.
Hikaru Sulu 
Enterprise helmsman.
Uhura 
Enterprise communications officer.
Pavel Chekov 
Enterprise navigator.
Christine Chapel 
Enterprise nurse.
MBenga

M'Benga.

M'Benga 
Enterprise staff doctor.
En-Lai 
Starfleet chaplain.
Malesa Norabi 
Terminally ill Starfleet veteran. Norabi had previously served aboard a Constitution-class Federation starship. Norabi helped hijack the Enterprise at En-Lai's command, but Kirk suspected that Norabi would be granted clemency for the crime. Norabi's illness was completely healed by the lady of Calydon.
ToniaBarrows

Barrows

Tonia Barrows 
Defiant lieutenant. When Barrows was a yeoman, she served aboard Enterprise and had a close relationship with Dr. McCoy. She was on the edge of death, but was completely healed at Calydon. McCoy and Barrows were able to reunite and catch up on old times after the ordeal.
Haak Trobis 
Terminally ill Starfleet veteran, originally from Daran V. Blue-skinned Trobis had previously served aboard a Constitution-class Federation starship. Trobis helped hijack the Enterprise at En-Lai's command, but Kirk suspected that Trobis would be granted clemency for the crime. Trobis's illness was completely healed by the lady of Calydon.
Rakaar 
Terminally ill Starfleet veteran, originally from Kazar. Purple-skinned Rakaar had previously served aboard a Constitution-class Federation starship. Rakaar helped hijack the Enterprise at En-Lai's command, but Kirk suspected that Rakaar would be granted clemency for the crime. Rakaar's illness was completely healed by the lady of Calydon.
Fitzpatrick (Admiral)

Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick 
Starfleet Admiral Fitzpatrick relayed orders that Kirk should not divert the Enterprise for any reason. The message was only received after the vessel had completed its unscheduled, forced stopover at Calydon.
Pitkin 
Medical doctor of the Starfleet Veterans' Hospital on Lavinius V.
Lady of Calydon 
Being, previously thought to be partially mythical, which appears to the ill and injured on planet Calydon.

References Edit

Berthold radiation 
Type of radiation emitted by the star in the Beta Aurigae system. When the USS Defiant hull breached, nineteen of the exposed crew survived, albeit with life-threatening radiation poisoning
Beta Aurigae 
Star system where the Defiant was crippled by an accident while on patrol. Nineteen crewman were recovered from a breached engineering hull section after being exposed to deadly Berthold energy.
Calydon 
Planet which is reputed to have a healing power, in the form of a "bright lady" who appears to the terminally ill.
Daran V 
Planetary origin of Terminally ill Starfleet veteran Haak Trobis. Trobis was shown to be some type of alien, but it was not established whether Daran V was home to his species, or if his species was simply one of the races that lived on Daran V.
USS Defiant, NCC-1764

Defiant

USS Defiant 
Constitution-class Federation starship. The Defiant had a hull breach in the Beta Aurigae system, causing severe casualties. The ship met with USS Enterprise to transfer wounded, including Lt. Barrows, to a starbase facility.
Elba II 
Mental asylum where Dr. Pitkin hoped En-Lai would be sent.
USS Enterprise, TOS opening credits

Enterprise.

USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) 
Constitution-class Federation starship.
Kazar 
Homeworld of Rakaar. Presumably, this was intended to reference the homeworld of the Kazarite species, but Rakaar looks like he is of a different breed.
Lavinius V 
Planet location of the Starfleet Veterans' Hospital. En-Lai was assigned here under Dr. Pitkin's authority. Lavinius was home to ancient technology, such as a stasis array used to incapacitate the Enterprise crew.
Priority one 
Type of distress call received by Captain Kirk.
sandovalyn 
Radiation treatment drug. Presumably named after Elias Sandoval.
Starbase 27 
Federation starbase with radiation treatment facilities. This was the only nearby base able to accommodate the severe medical problems faced by the survivors of the Defiant accident.
Starfleet Veterans' Hospital 
Federation Starfleet outpost on Lavinius V.
stasis 
The hospital inhabitants are armed with stasis weapons.


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