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Star Trek: Live Evil (Part 1) "LiveEvil" Part 1
Star Trek #50 (IDW)
Written by: Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Roberto Orci
Art by: Tony Shasteen
Colors by: Davide Mastrolonardo
Letters by: Neil Uyetake
Cover by: Tony Shasteen
October 2015

 

The Enterprise is transported via an ion storm to the mirror universe.

 

Notes from the Star Trek chronology

 

The captain's log at the beginning of this issue indicates it takes place not long after Enterprise's departure from Banks-216 (at the end of "Deity" Part 2).

 

Characters appearing in this issue

 

Captain Kirk

Lt. Chekov

Lt. Sulu

Spock

Science Officer 0718

Lt. Uhura

Dr. McCoy

Lt. Zahra

Mirror-Khan

Mirror-Captain Spock

Mirror-Lt. Chekov

Mirror-Lt. Sulu

Mirror-Commander Uhura

Mirror-Science Officer 0718

Mirror-Harry Mudd

Mirror-Captain Kirk

 

Didja Know?

 

The mirror universe depicted in this 3-part story does not appear to be the same one seen in the "imaginary story" told by Scotty to McCoy in "Mirrored" Parts 1 and 2.

 

Didja Notice?

 

This issue opens on stardate 2263.27. The last confirmed stardate in this series was 2262.54, in "The Tholian Webs" Part 1, meaning this issue takes place over 6 months later. This also places it well into the 3rd year of the Enterprise's 5-year mission (though the "Previously in Star Trek..." paragraph on the inside front cover of this issue states it is midway through their 5-year voyage).

 

An unusual kind of ion storm seemingly throws the Enterprise hundreds of light years from their previous position (the ship was actually transported to a mirror universe) near Ceti Alpha V in the Ceti Alpha system. In the original ST timeline, a landing party to the Halkan homeworld composed of Kirk, McCoy, Scotty, and Uhura was transported to a similar mirror universe due to the presence of an ion storm in the original series episode "Mirror, Mirror". Also in the original timeline, Ceti Alpha V is the planet where Kirk exiled Khan and his followers in the episode "Space Seed".

 

The fourth member of the landing party with Kirk, McCoy, and Uhura is Lt. Zahra, though she is not stated by name until "LiveEvil" Part 2. She has been seen in several previous issues.

 

Mirror-Khan is depicted in the likeness of actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Khan in Into Darkness. But, "Khan" Part 1 showed that he received this likeness surgically when he agreed to become an agent for Starfleet's black ops division, Section 31; before that his original features were those of the late actor Ricardo Montalbán, who portrayed Khan in the ST-TOS episode "Space Seed" and the movie Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. So, did the mirror Khan also agree to work for Section 31 at some point? It's not mentioned within this 3-part storyline.

 

On page 9, mirror-Khan refers to his settlement on Ceti Alpha V as the Augment Colony. Khan and his genetically-enhanced followers were referred to as Augments.

 

The mirror-Enterprise seen here is black in color, similar to the U.S.S. Vengeance in Into Darkness. It has registration number ICC-1701 instead of the NCC-1701 of the Federation's Enterprise.

 

Mirror-Science Officer 0718 has reddish eyes instead of white ones.

 

Mirror-Kirk meets up with Mirror-Harry Mudd on the trading planet Arronia Two at the end of the issue. Harry Mudd appeared in the original series episodes "Mudd's Women" and "I, Mudd", as well as the animated series episode "Mudd's Passion". He also appeared in several stories published in ST novels and comics.

 

Notes from the article "Continuing Voyages in a Four-Color Frontier"

 

An article at the end of this special 50th issue of the comic book, "Continuing Voyages in a Four-Color Frontier", reveals that the dead tribble that McCoy resurrects with Khan's blood in Into Darkness is the same tribble that died of old age in sickbay in "The Truth About Tribbles" Part 2.

 

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