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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Star Trek: Khan (Part 2) "Khan" Part 2
Star Trek: Khan #2
Written by: Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Robert Orci
Pencils and Inks (present day): David Messina
Pencils (flashback): Claudia Balboni
Cover by: Paul Shipper
November 2013


Khan relates how he and his fellow Augments took over the world in the 1990s!


Read the story summary at Memory Beta


Didja Know?


Star Trek: Khan was a 5-issue mini-series published by IDW. 


Didja Notice?


As Khan describes the Augments' infiltration of 20th Century power structures, page 4, panel 1 depicts what appears to be the Cheyenne Mountain NORAD complex.
NORAD entrance Cheyenne Mountain Complex
NORAD entrance Cheyenne Mountain Complex entrance (from Wikipedia)


Page 4, panel 4 depicts the entrance to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.


Khan reveals the Augments divided the Earth into seven regions of control, each of which was led by an Augment: Alexander Newton (North America), Asahf Ferris (South America), Verity Cheng (Asia), Bernard Maltuvis (Southeast Asia and Australia), Ama Owusu (Africa), John Ericssen (Europe), Khan Noonien Singh (India and Middle East). Ferris and Maltuvis were mentioned as past dictators by Kirk in the original series episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" The name John Ericssen comes from the first draft of the "Space Seed" teleplay of the original TV series; in that draft, the character of Khan was called John Ericssen.


Page 9 features images of the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, the Russian flag, and the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington D.C.


The story reveals that the Augments struck Washington D.C. and Moscow with nuclear missiles and announced their rulership over the Earth on September 17, 1992.


Page 11, panel 1 is an image of the Palace of Westminster in London, England. Page 15, panel 1 depicts the palace being bombed by Augment air vessels. 


Page 12, panel 3 depicts the ancient Colosseum of Rome, which began construction in 70 AD.


On page 15, Khan describes how nations that had previously been enemies became allies in their attempts to fight off the Augment takeover. The accompanying illustration shows the flags of Israel and Palestine flying side-by-side in a battle zone, the two neighboring states known for conflict over territory and religious differences since the end of WWII.


The story reveals that Khan was born in the slums of New Delhi, India.


On page 16, the Augments have a standoff with Indian forces at the nation's capitol in New Delhi. The building presented in panel 1 appears to be an interpretation of the Secretariat Building. 


On page 20, panel 1, Newton is sitting behind the desk of the U.S. President in the blood-stained Oval Office of the White House. The desk looks to be a simplified interpretation of the Resolute desk, so named as it is made from the wood of the British Arctic Exploration ship Resolute, given as a gift to U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880 by Queen Victoria of Great Britain. It was placed in the Oval Office by President John F. Kennedy and since then the desk has been in and out of the Oval Office for various reasons and used in that office by several Presidents since then: Carter, Reagan, Clinton, G.W. Bush, Obama, Trump, and Biden. When this scene takes place in 1992, George H.W. Bush would have been President, at least in the real world, and he did not use this desk. Of course, in the alternate timeline of the Star Trek universe in comparison to our own, the U.S. may have had a different President at this time, one who did choose to use the Resolute desk.
Oval-Office Resolute desk
Newton's desk The Resolute desk


Also on page 20, Ericssen is seizing a crown in his hands. I've not been able to identify the crown, assuming it is a real one.



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