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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Star Trek: I.D.I.C. (Part 1) "I.D.I.C." Part 1
Star Trek: Boldly Go
#13 (IDW)
Written by Mike Johnson
Art by Josh Hood
Colors by Jason Lewis
Letters by AndWorld Design
Cover by Tony Shasteen
October 2017

 

In an alternate universe, Captain Pike of the Enterprise faces a Klingon foe with a familiar face.

 

Read the story summary of this issue at Memory Beta

 

Characters appearing in this issue

 

Captain Kirk

Mr. Spock

Lt. Uhura

Commander Sulu

Scotty (mentioned only)

Lt. Chekov (mentioned only)

Lt. Ellix

Lt. Darwin

Commander Simon Grayson (alternate universe)

Captain Christopher Pike (alternate universe)

Lt. Sulu (alternate universe)

Lt. Chekov (alternate universe)

Scotty (alternate universe)

Dr. McCoy (alternate universe)

Nyota Uhura (alternate universe, mentioned only, deceased)

The Orphan

Sho'Tokh (alternate universe)

Captain Jane Kirk (gender-swapped universe)

Ms. Spock (gender-swapped universe)

 

 

 

Didja Know?

 

The title of this 6-part story, "I.D.I.C.", stands for "Infinite Diversity In Infinite Combinations", a Vulcan philosophy first introduced to us in the original series episode "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" in 1968.

 

Each issue of this 6-part story has a different artist providing interior art, except that Josh Hood bookends the story with parts 1 and 6.

 

Writer Mike Johnson has made the ultimate antagonist of the story Gary Mitchell (not revealed until "I.D.I.C." Part 5). Since this was the final storyline of the comics set in the Kelvin Timeline (at least for now), it seems likely Johnson made this choice to deliberately make a pair of bookends to his tenure as the main writer of Kelvin Timeline comics since his first story was an altered version of the original series episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" in Star Trek #'s 1 and 2 from 2011.

 

The look of the Klingons seen in this issue seems to be inspired by those of the ST: Discovery TV series that premiered in 2017. Later issues in the storyline depict the Klingons in a more Kelvin Timeline manner.

 

Didja Notice?

 

    On page 2, Captain Kirk speaks to Spock and Uhura about how much of his old Enterprise bridge crew are elsewhere currently while the new ship is being built and he temporarily commands Endeavour. He mentions that Scotty is teaching at the academy. Scotty was seen teaching at Starfleet Academy in "New Frontiers", but then was suddenly on the Endeavour in "Hila" and "Murder at Babel". I guess Starfleet is keeping Scotty hopping!

   Kirk also mentions that Chekov has just returned to Yorktown to work on the Enterprise.

 

On page 5, in an alternate universe, Captain Christopher Pike finds himself in nearly the same situation of being chased by natives on the planet Nibiru that Kirk found himself in in the Kelvin Timeline in Into Darkness.

 

In the alternate universe, the son of Sarek and Amanda Grayson has taken the name of Simon Grayson instead of Spock, having been rejected by Vulcan society.

 

On page 6, Commander Grayson remarks to Scotty, regarding Nibiru, "It's not like we stopped the volcano from erupting." In the Kelvin Timeline in Into Darkness, the Enterprise crew did exactly that in order to save the primitive civilization developing there.

 

It seems that the Orphan (an orphaned James T. Kirk who was raised by Klingons on Kronos) is taking the role that was filled by the albino Klingon called Sho'Tokh in the "Manifest Destiny" storyline. On page 10, one of the Klingons remarks that the Orphan was raised in the battle-slums of Kronos; in "Manifest Destiny" Part 4, Sho'Tokh says he raised himself in the battle-slums of the capital (First City on Kronos). On page 13, we learn that the Orphan is the captain of the IKS Chonnaq, which Sho'Tokh commanded in that story. In our current story, in an alternate universe, Sho'Tokh is the Orphan's first officer aboard the Chonnaq.

 

The Orphan wears a bolted metal patch over his left eye, similar to the one worn by Klingon General Chang in the 1991 film, Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country.

 

On page 13, a bat'leth is seen hanging on the wall of the Orphan's quarters aboard the Chonnaq.

 

On page 15, Grayson, commenting on the anomaly in space to Pike, says he's never seen quantum entanglement like this. Quantum entanglement is an observed phenomenon of quantum particles that once the spin of a quantum particle is entangled with another, they remain entangled even over immense distances (one particle will react to a change by the other particle).

 

On the last page of this issue, the gender-swapped crew of the alternate universe Enterprise previously seen in the "Parallel Lives" storyline appears.

 

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