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As Flies to Wanton Boys was a 22-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic book story. It appeared in the fifth issue of Marvel Comics' anthology series Star Trek Unlimited along with the TNG story "Secret Lives". In this story, the shuttlecraft Armstrong crashed on the surface of an unexplored planet, stranding its crew.


Log entriesEdit

  • Ship's log, First Officer Spock recording 
    A routine survey of the Vehtora system has detected an ancient but apparently advanced structure on the surface of the fourth planet...
    A world previously presumed uninhabited.
    We have informed Starfleet of the situation, and are beginning a thorough search, but we are now thwarted by a mysterious energy field that has surrounded the planet…
    Attempts to beam a landing party down were inhibited by some form of atmospheric disruption, and now a shuttle, led by Captain Kirk, has disappeared as it entered the atmosphere.
  • First officer's log, supplemental 
    The five hour search window is rapidly disappearing and still we are unable to penetrate the planet's energy field...
  • First officer's log, supplemental 
    The phasers have caused a marginal disruption to the EM field, but not enough to allow us to locate or beam out the lost landing party.



BordellPavel ChekovJamesonJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMersonMonitorMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

Starships and vehiclesEdit

ArmstrongUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)
Referenced only 
Galileo (I)


Vehtora system (Vehtora IV)
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Anabarra ColonyStarbase 10Taurus II

Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

Starfleet Command

Science and classificationEdit

arrowcommunicatorgrenadehatchhologramhypospraynacelleobservation portphaser bankrepeller screensensorshieldtransportertricorderviewscreen

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralanthropologistcaptaincommanderdoctorFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)pilotrankStarfleet ranks

Other referencesEdit

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10,000 years ago
USS Enterprise shuttlecraft Armstrong crash-landed on Vehtora IV



Related storiesEdit



Star Trek Unlimited comics
#1 ("Directives" & "Dying of the Light") • #2 ("Action of the Tiger" & "The Unkindest Cut") • #3 ("Message in a Bottle" & "Sins of the Fathers") • #4 ("None But the Brave" & "Inheritance") • #5 ("Secret Lives" & "As Flies to Wanton Boys ") • "Heart of Darkness" • "An Infinite Jest" • #8 ("The Boy", "The Warrior" & "The Veteran") • "Trekkers" • "A Piece of Reaction"


Published Order
Previous comic:
#4: None But the Brave
TOS comics
Next comic:
#7: An Infinite Jest
Previous comic:
Secret Lives
Star Trek: Unlimited Next comic:
Heart of Darkness
Telepathy War
Previous story:
Secret Lives
Stories by:
Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton
Next story:
Heart of Darkness
Telepathy War
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
None But the Brave
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
An Infinite Jest

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