"Legacy of Spock" Part 1
Star Trek #55 (IDW)
Written by: Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Roberto Orci
Art by: Tony Shasteen
Letters by: Neil Uyetake
Spock-Prime begins a journey to find a new
home for the Vulcan race.
Immediately after the events of
"The Vengeance of Nero",
Spock-Prime boards the U.S.S. Mueller to join
other Vulcans in establishing a new Vulcan homeworld on another
planet at a convocation of the surviving Vulcans at Regula 1.
Aboard the Mueller, he meets this timeline's
counterpart of his father, Sarek. The two are pleased to meet
each other, but Sarek warns him not to attend the convocation,
his reasons vague other than that not all the surviving
Vulcans view Spock-Prime with positivity. Sarek's advice is not
taken, however, and Spock-Prime proceeds with his plans to meet
On Romulus, Senator Lucian discusses the issue of the few
surviving Vulcans with an aide, Vicia. Vicia argues that the
Vulcans' sole purpose now will be the destruction of Romulus in
vengeance for the loss of Vulcan by the Narada.
At Regula 1, the Vulcan convocation begins, with a potentially
promising candidate of an unpopulated habitable planet to become
New Vulcan, Ceti Alpha V. Spock-Prime tries to warn the Vulcan
Council about this world, but is cut off by the presiding elder,
who goes to state that he has been permitted to attend only so
that he may submit to the judgment of the elders. She announces
that since he is from an alternate timeline and may even be
partially to blame for the series of events that led to the
destruction of Vulcan, he has been stripped of citizenship and
prohibited from contact with other members of the Vulcan race
and considered no longer Vulcan.
On the Klingon prison planet Rura Penthe,
a pair of Nero's Romulan followers from the Prime timeline are
seen to still be held captive. The pair manage to kill their
Klingon interrogator and begin an escape with the purpose that,
though Nero may be dead, their mission remains the same.
CONTINUED IN STAR TREK #56
Notes from the Star Trek
This issue opens in the year 2258, shortly
after the destruction of planet Vulcan by the Narada.
Though it is implied that the story takes place immediately
after the events of the 2009 Star Trek movie
"The Vengeance of Nero"),
it also picks up on the Romulans' possession of the last few
molecues of red matter, which were not obtained until some weeks
or moths later in
Part 2. The red matter goes on to be an important plot
point through this 4-part story, so I've placed this story after
the events of
Part 2, not after
"The Vengeance of Nero".
Characters appearing in this
Captain of U.S.S. Mueller
Vulcan elder (unnamed)
Nero (mentioned only, deceased)
2 former Narada crewmembers (named as Arix and Vella in
"Legacy of Spock" Part 3)
On page 1, the bridge Spock-Prime contemplates is the
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, near Starfleet
Spock-Prime's interaction with the younger Spock on pages 3-4
are from the end of the 2009 Star Trek movie (see
"The Vengeance of Nero").
On page 5, panel 2, the lettering of the "NCC-1701" on the
Enterprise nacelle should be backwards since it is
seen in the reflection of the window of Spock-Prime's
Spock-Prime boards the U.S.S. Mueller to join other
Vulcans in establishing a new Vulcan homeworld on another
planet. This is the first appearance of the Mueller
in a Star Trek story.
In his discussion with Vicia, the
Romulan senator Lucian remarks that only about 27 million
Vulcans now exist after the destruction of planet Vulcan.
Lucian says that the last remaining molecules of red matter used
to destroy Vulcan are now in Romulan possession. This
Part 2. But that story took place some weeks or months
after "The Vengeance of
Nero", so the Romulans shouldn't have the red matter yet
at this point! (See Notes from the Star Trek
The Vulcan fleet assembles around the barren planet Regula
1. Regula 1 was the site of the space station that was the
home of Project Genesis
in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. The fleet is seen
on page 14 to make use of warp-ring drives, as seen on most
Vulcan spacecraft in episodes of ST: Enterprise.
The flagship of the Vulcan fleet is the Forge of Surak.
In the ST: Enterprise
episode "The Forge", Surak, the father of modern Vulcan
civilization, is said to have made a perilous journey across
the desert canyon called Vulcan's Forge.
The holographic star map seen at the Vulcan
on page 16 has 40 Eridani A prominently featured. This is the
primary star of the triple star 40 Eridani system in the
real universe and is also said to be the Vulcan system in
the Star Trek universe. Also legible on the starmap
are the locations of the former planet Vulcan, Starbase 375,
the Kalandra Sector, the Bajor Sector, and the location of
the loss of U.S.S. Honshu; the last four of these
locations were all prominent story points in episodes of
A possible candidate planet to become New Vulcan is stated
to be Ceti Alpha V. In the original timeline,
the 20th Century renegade Augments
Khan Noonien Singh and his followers were marooned on Ceti
Alpha V in the original series episode "Space Seed".
On page 18, Spock-Prime is declared a non-Vulcan by the
At the end of this issue, a pair of Nero's Romulan followers
from the Prime timeline are seen to still be held captive on
the Klingon prison planet Rura Penthe. Nero and his crew
were imprisoned on Rura Penthe 25
years ago in "Second Chance"
and most of them escaped in 2258 in
Against the Romulan". Rura Penthe was also seen in the
1991 film Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country.
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