"After Darkness" Part 1
Star Trek #21 (IDW)
Written by: Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Robert Orci
Artist: Erfan Fajar
Cover by: Tim Bradstreet
As the Enterprise is about to embark on its
five-year mission, Spock undergoes pon farr.
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The Klingon Empire declares Kirk their prime Federation
enemy after his incursion into Klingon space in
Into Darkness. This may
be a nod to the fourth Star Trek movie of the
original timeline, The
Voyage Home, which includes a scene of the Klingon
ambassador to the Federation demanding the extradition of
Admiral Kirk for crimes against the Klingon people.
Kirk tells the imprisoned Captain April that John Harrison
is no longer a problem. Harrison, of course, was a cover
identity for Khan used by Section 31 before and during the
On page 8, Kirk seems to imply that he wrote the classic
"Space. The final frontier..." lines so familiar to Star
Trek fans. But near the end of
during Kirk's speech at the memorial, he seems to state it
is part of the captain's oath instead.
On page 9, Dr. McCoy is worried about possible side-effects
of whatever Kirk's heart is pumping through his arteries.
This is a reference to the transfusion of Khan's blood Kirk
received to bring him back to life near the end of
McCoy tells him to let him know the second he starts to
On pages 10-11, Spock is seen to be going through the
plak tow, the blood fever that is part of pon farr,
the peak of the Vulcan mating cycle, occurring in adults
about every seven years. The concept was introduced in the
original series episode "Amok Time".
Spock is seen smashing his Vulcan harp during his fit of
plak tow on page 10.
On page 16, Scotty remarks that he is lower down the chain
of command than is customary for a chief engineer due to his
checkered history with Starfleet bigwigs. But Kirk gives him
the conn anyway while he beams down to New Vulcan with the
landing party. Scotty is likely referring to the incident
with Admiral Archer's beagle (as first mentioned in
"The Vengeance of Nero") and, possibly, his refusal to
sign for the photon torpedoes placed aboard Enterprise
in Into Darkness
(though it might be argued he was proven correct in the
Also on page 16, Lt. Carol Marcus requests permission to
accompany the landing party, as she would like to discuss
the Helios device developed by Vulcan scientists. The Helios
device was part of the plot of
"Gorn, But Not Forgotten"
(as it is titled in the PopApostle study, more properly
known as the 2013 Star Trek video game), capable of
capturing energy from a sun and using that energy to aid in
terraforming a planet (in this case, New Vulcan). This is
somewhat similar to the Genesis Device, seen in the original
timeline in The Wrath of Khan, which was designed
by a scientific team headed by Dr. Carol Marcus.
Kirk mentions the Enterprise's adventure in
"Gorn, But Not Forgotten"
again on page 17. And McCoy gripes about his bringing up bad
memories with the Gorn again, a reference to McCoy's remark
in that aforementioned story where he stated he'd assisted
in the birth of a baby Gorn.
This issue introduces the Orion officer Lt. Kai. He goes on
to appear in later issues.
On page 20, Spock's betrothed is introduced, identified as
"After Darkness" Part 2. T'Pring was also his betrothed in
the original timeline in "Amok Time", though she looks
Confronting the Section 31 emissaries at the end of the
issue, the Romulan senator remarks that his planet was
nearly obliterated the last time their kind was here. This
is a reference to events in
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