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Writer(s): Peter David
Artist(s): Tom Sutton and Ricardo Villagran
Publisher: DC Comics
Series: DC TOS volume 1 #55
Published: October 1988
Pages: 22
Stardate: 9002.8 (2280s)

The return of Finnegan!

Summary Edit

The truth about Bearclaw's attempt on James T. Kirk's life is uncovered by Finnegan. However, Garth of Izar makes one last try to finish Kirk, but an unexpected series of events stops him from completing his work.

Kirk attempts to get back at Finnegan who still displays the childish sense of humor that he did at the Academy. He finally settles the score by beating him at arm-wrestling. Scotty then challenges Finnegan who beats him there and then, something that even Kirk has not managed. Finnegan feigns surprise and leaves but it is clear to everyone that Kirk has been beaten by him once again!

Background Information Edit

  • The final chapter in the Who Killed Captain Kirk? storyline, collected in that book.
  • This was a sequel to Garth of Izar's original appearance in TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy".
  • This was part of Peter David's first storyline as a Star Trek comic book writer.
  • At this point in the series, the Paramount Pictures licensing approval for comics was being made stricter, as a result a lot of concepts from Star Trek: The Animated Series were dropped from this and other storylines, as Paramount felt the TAS characters featured in the series thus far, Arex and M'Ress, were going to take focus away from the TOS main characters. This issue featured other non-canon characters that were regular to this series, but were soon to be removed.
  • The Pocket TNG novel "Strike Zone" by Peter David mentions the events of this story.
  • This story holds almost the same title as the James Joyce novel Finnegans Wake (note the deliberate lack of an apostrophe).

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.
Constitution class refit bridge 2

Senior staff of the Enterprise-A.

James T. Kirk 
USS Enterprise-A captain.
Spock 
Vulcan Enterprise-A exec and science officer.
Leonard McCoy 
Enterprise-A surgeon.
Uhura 
Enterprise-A communications officer.
Pavel Chekov 
Enterprise-A and security chief.
Sean Finnegan 
Federation Security Legion.
William Bearclaw 
Enterprise-A security ensign.
Garth of Izar 
An insane, ex-Starfleet officer with a bent for revenge on Kirk.

References Edit

USS Enterprise-A quarter

The Enterprise-A.

USS Enterprise-A 
Refit-type Constitution-class Federation starship.
Federation Security Legion 
Agency charged with internal investigations of Starfleet.


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