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The Companion plunges the Enterprise into a starless void! – "A Warp in Space" was a Star Trek comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1977, the 49th issue of their TOS series. It was the tenth issue drawn by Alden McWilliams and the third of ten written by George Kashdan.

In this story, James T. Kirk, Spock and Leonard McCoy reunite with Zephram Cochrane and the merged entity of Nancy Hedford/The Companion.


It began as a routine mission for the Enterprise: Find the missing ships! But the Enterprise was destined for a trial that no human mind could foresee! For their judges were neither physical nor mental, but a breed of beings that had been spawned in another universe, millennia before the creation of what we call "life"!


Captain's log, stardate 5803.6:
We are now entering Canaris Galaxy, last known location of the experimental spacecraft which the Enterprise has been assigned to track down.

Starfleet lost track of the X-1 hyperwarp starship and its sister ships when they approached warp factor 13 near Gamma Canaris N. Kirk, Spock and McCoy know that this world is the secret haven of warp drive inventor Zephram Cochrane and The Companion, so they beam down to ask for help. Cochrane is intrigued by the mathematical challenges and, despite the Companion's warnings, provides modifications for the Enterprise to reach warp 13. Knowing what they will be getting into, the Companion leaves the body of Nancy Hedford, which can only survive alone for a few hours. As Kirk and Montgomery Scott discuss Cochrane's instructions on the bridge, the Companion takes hold of their ship.

Captain's log, stardate 5807.1:
"The Companion" has transported us, by some mysterious process, through what Mr. Spock describes as, quote, a rip in the fabric of our universe, unquote!

The Enterprise emerges into a starless universe full of cloud creatures just like the Companion. The missing vessels are contacted, but X-1 refuses further communication. When Kirk orders them to prepare to be boarded, all five fire at the Enterprise with energy beams that shrink the starship, but not the crew, as a demonstration of their powers. Cloud creatures now pilot the vessels — none of their Starfleet crews survived the transition between universes. The Enterprise's crew survived because the Companion had protected them.

As this universe does not support biological life, the cloud creatures order Kirk to depart, minus the Companion. However, Kirk tells the Companion that they will not abandon her. Scott hurriedly implements Cochrane's modifications, with Kirk counting on their ship's sturdier construction to keep them alive. The Enterprise departs and makes it safely back to the prime universe. The Companion returns to the body of Nancy Hedford with seconds to spare.



Zefram CochraneNancy Hedron/The CompanionJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Galileo (II) (class F shuttlecraft) • X-1 (hyperwarp starship)


Canaris GalaxyGamma Canaris Nstarless universe
Referenced only
Epsilon Canaris IIILoch Lomond

Races and cultures

Humancloud creatureVulcan

States and organizations

FederationFleet Headquarters

Science and technology

communicatorcomputerhyperwarplogicmathematicspilot's logshuttlecraftstardatewarp drive

Ranks and titles

Assistant Federation CommissionercaptainCommissionerdoctor

Other references

atmospheregalaxymeteor stormplanetSukarno's diseaseStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)starsupernovatelepathytransporter roomuniverse


Related media


  • This story must take place prior to November 2267, when Cochrane and the Companion departed Gamma Canaris N during the events of ST novel: Federation.
  • The story is a sequel to TOS episode: "Metamorphosis" and provides a four-page summary of the episode. To keep it brief, the flashback takes some liberties. Kirk, Spock and McCoy recognize Cochrane immediately. Communicators are adapted to speak to the Companion, rather than explaining the concept of the universal translator.
  • The flashback correctly cites the episode's stardate, Hedford's rank and Cochrane's age. However, a few details are inconsistent. Writer George Kashdan misspells Nancy Hedford's name and her affliction, Sakuro's disease. Hyperwarp's transitional speed is specified as warp 13 at the beginning of the story, but warp 15 at the end.
  • The episode shows a rejuvenated, younger Cochrane having a small, hand-made shelter. Artist Alden McWilliams depicts Cochrane as a balding, older man having a multi-story building. The Companion and her fellow cloud creatures appear more like the white, smoky dikironium cloud creature than the colorful energy fields seen in the episode, perhaps due to the artistic limitations of comics in the 1970s.
  • Hedford wears four outfits in this story. She wears a red-and-black striped shirt and black miniskirt in the flashback, a black and purple striped dress when the Enterprise crew first arrives, an orange and black spotted suit when the Companion separates from Hedford's body, and oddly a different purple-and-black striped dress when the Companion returns to her body.
  • Cochrane wears two outfits: a green shirt with a high collar and brown pants in the flashback (as opposed to the red jumpsuit seen in the episode) and a black t-shirt with green pants in the rest of the story.
  • Galileo (II) appears in five panels in the flashback.
  • Although five hyperwarp starships are seen, only X-1 is named.
  • In less than a day, Cochrane comes up with a way for the USS Enterprise to approach warp 13, modifications which Montgomery Scott is able to implement in ten minutes. During Cochrane's appearance later that year in ST novel: Federation, however, his knowledge of warp drive is considered 150 years out of date.



Gold Key Comics stories and publications
Issues "The Planet of No Return" • "The Devil's Isle of Space" • "Invasion of the City Builders" • "The Peril of Planet Quick Change" • "The Ghost Planet" • "When Planets Collide" • "The Voodoo Planet" • "The Youth Trap" • "The Legacy of Lazarus" • "Sceptre of the Sun" • "The Brain Shockers" • "The Flight of the Buccaneer" • "Dark Traveler" • "The Enterprise Mutiny" • "Museum at the End of Time" • "Day of the Inquisitors" • "The Cosmic Cavemen" • "The Hijacked Planet" • "The Haunted Asteroid" • "A World Gone Mad" • "The Mummies of Heitius VII" • "Siege in Superspace" • "Child's Play" • "The Trial of Captain Kirk" • "Dwarf Planet" • "The Perfect Dream" • "Ice Journey" • "The Mimicking Menace" • "Death of a Star" • "The Final Truth" • "The Animal People" • "The Choice" • "The PsychoCrystals" • "A Bomb in Time" • "One of Our Captains Is Missing!" • "Prophet of Peace" • "Furlough to Fury" • "The Evictors" • "World Against Time" • "The World Beneath the Waves" • "Prince Traitor" • "Mr. Oracle" • "This Tree Bears Bitter Fruit" • "Murder on the Enterprise" • "A Warp in Space" • "Planet of No Life" • "Destination... Annihilation!" • "And a Child Shall Lead Them" • "What Fools These Mortals Be.." • “Sport of Knaves” • "A World Against Itself" • "No Time Like the Past" • "Spore of the Devil" • "The Brain-Damaged Planet" • "To Err Is Vulcan" • "The Empire Man!" • "Operation Con Game"
Additional stories "James T. Kirk: Psycho-File" • "A Page From Scotty's Diary" • "Spock: Psycho-File" • "From Sputnik to Warp Drive"
Collections Star Trek Annuals (1969197019721973197419751976197719781979198019831986) • The Enterprise Logs (Volumes 1234) • The Key Collection (Volumes 12345) • Gold Key Archives (Volumes 12345) • Gold Key 100-Page Spectacular
Related media "Voyage of Discovery" • "The Exile" • "The Red Hour" • "The Tunnel of Death" • "... Wild Goose Chase!" • "A Hint of Life" • "Space Chase" • "Escape from the Clinging Dags" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "The Menace of the Mechanitrons" • "Trial by Fire!"


Published Order
Previous comic:
#48: Murder on the Enterprise
TOS comics (Gold Key) Next comic:
#50: Planet of No Life
Previous story:
This Tree Bears Bitter Fruit
Stories by:
George Kashdan
Next story:
Destination Annihilation
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Jeopardy at Jutterdon
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The Aging World
Previous comic:
Jeopardy at Jutterdon
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year Three Next comic:
The Aging World
Production history
November 1977
First published by Gold Key Comics.
September 2008
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD. (Graphic Imaging Technologies)
6 December 2018
Printed in Graphic Novel Collection #51. (Eaglemoss)
German: Abridged in 12 pages as "Der Begleiter" in Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Album #2. (Condor)
Dutch: As "Overdrive in de Ruimte" in Ruimteschip Enterprise Strip-album #2. (De Vrijbuiter)

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