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Star Trek: Vulcan's Vengeance (Part 1) "Vulcan's Vengeance" Part 1
Star Trek #7 (IDW)
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Joe Phillips
Cover by Tim Bradstreet
March 2012

 

A Vulcan science vessel is attacked when it recovers a small sample of red matter from the fragmentary debris of the planet Vulcan.

 

Read the full story summary of this issue at Memory Beta

 

Didja Know?

 

This is the first story in this comic book series that is not based on an episode of the original Star Trek TV series.

 

Didja Notice?  

 

The story opens in a bar in the Delta Quadrant with Quocch (previously seen assisting Nero's crew in escaping from Rura Penthe in "Never Bet Against the Romulan") selling the specifications of the Narada (stolen from the Klingon files on Rura Penthe), to a group of men who seem to be Romulans (who later turn out to be Vulcans). But, at this point in the timeline, the major players of the Alpha Quadrant are not known to have any accessible method of travelling to the far off Delta Quadrant of the galaxy. Yet, we see not only Quocch and Vulcans, but also some Andorians in this bar. In the original timeline, the Federation had no regular means of travel to the Delta Quadrant until well over a century after the time of this story (in the ST-Voyager novel Full Circle).

 

Page 7 suggests that all Vulcan ships are supposed to be among one of three colony fleets, by edict of the Vulcan ruling council. Presumably, these fleets are seeking one or more new worlds for the surviving Vulcans to colonize since the destruction of planet Vulcan in "The Vengeance of Nero" (though Spock-Prime had said he already had located a suitable planet on which to establish a Vulcan colony).

 

On page 9, the Vulcans on the besieged science ship refer to the Vulcan Empire. As far as I know, this is the first that Vulcan territory has ever been referred to as an empire outside of fan-fiction settings.

 

The "Romulan" who is stunned by Kirk on page 11 is revealed in "Vulcan's Vengeance" Part 2 to be named Tarek.

 

Lt. Boma, who last appeared in "The Galileo Seven" Part 2, returns in this issue.

 

A Vulcan named Serron from the science vessel tells Kirk and Spock that he and his crew were sent to the Vulcan system to recover any fragments of the homeworld left, finding very little. Among what they did find were microscopic particles of the red matter used by Nero to destroy the planet.

 

Page 20 reveals that the Vulcan Council has forbidden any ship to enter the void of space where Vulcan once existed. Serron's science vessel was given special dispensation to enter and gather as many fragments as possible. 

 

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