"Behemoth" Part 1
Star Trek #41 (IDW)
Written by: Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Roberto Orci
Art by: Cat Staggs
The Enterprise encounters a lone
alien who has lost his entire world.
This 2-part story has similarities to the
ST-TOS episode "The Doomsday Machine".
Page 2 reveals that the Enterprise has currently
traveled farther from Earth than any human has before.
This issue introduces Irina Galliulin, a Russian Starfleet
officer who met Chekov briefly at Starfleet Academy. In the
original timeline, Chekov and Irina were involved in a
romantic relationship during their time at the Academy
before she dropped out, as told in the original series
episode "The Way to Eden".
Chekov is referred to as a lieutenant throughout this issue.
Previously, he was an ensign. When did he get the promotion?
Irina reintroduces herself to Chekov and tells him she came
aboard after the attack on San Francisco (in
Into Darkness). But the
past several issues of the comic have had stardates
indicating 6 months-2 years after the events of
Into Darkness, and
"Behemoth" Part 2 gives a stardate of 2262.18, almost 3
years into the 5-year mission. So
why did Irina wait so long to introduce herself to him?
On pages 4-5, Kirk is finally, though cautiously, putting
the moves on Carol Marcus. Again, two years after her
assignment to the ship!
Dr. Marcus tells Kirk that besides weapons systems, her
sub-specialty is xeno-biology, the genesis and evolution of
alien species. The two disciplines go towards explaining
her (and her son's) invention of the Genesis torpedo in the
original timeline in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan,
possibly also hinting at a revisiting of that storyline is
some form in the new timeline.
On page 7, panel 2, the reversed text on Uhura's
clear-display says "Engineering 01". Shouldn't it be
Meeting the injured insectoid alien, Dr. McCoy remarks,
"...he's obviously not from Mississippi, but the physiology
isn't so unusual that I can't try to help him." McCoy is
In its introductory two-page splash, the gigantic star-eater organism is
so large you can almost miss the tiny Enterprise
and alien ship in the bottom right corner! A cool image.
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