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"Behemoth, Part 1" was the 41st issue of IDW Publishing's 2011 ongoing series of Star Trek comics, written by Mike Johnson. This is the first part of the Behemoth story arc, illustrated by Cat Staggs.


Previously in Star Trek
Following their encounter with the extradimensional entity known as "Q", Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise continue their five-year mission into unexplored space. Far from the Federation, the ship is now on its own, as it encounters unprecedented dangers…

Star charts and navigational arrays are Pavel Chekov's constant companions. The majesty of the universe reduced to points on a map. So whenever he has the chance, he comes down to the crew lounge to witness the cosmic wonders with his own two eyes. Today he is joined by a recent transfer, Irina Galliulin, whom he fails to act confident in front of. Before he can fully embarrass himself however, he is called away by Spock, Irina promising to meet up with him later and help him with his "V"s.

In the mess hall, a noticeably more confident James T. Kirk chats up Carol Marcus, taking the opportunity to finally ask her about her career choice as a weapon specialist. Well originally Carol just wanted to crash the metaphorical boys' club but since coming aboard the USS Enterprise, she's given more thought to her minor in xeno-biology and has considered merging the two fields. Just as she requests assignment to away missions with new lifeforms, Spock calls them both to the bridge. Picking himself up, Kirk hopes that perhaps "Jim and Carol" can continue this later on.

Stepping onto the bridge, Kirk is greeted to the sight of a large, yet crippled, spacecraft. 0718 is able to gleam an almost musical transmission from the craft the repeats the word "Behemoth".

Soon enough, an away team is boarding the craft. At the helm, Carol soon discovers the source of the distress beacon and the sole passenger. The insect-like humanoid introduces himself but both his name and that of his world cannot be translated into Federation Standard. Instead he projects memories directly into the minds of the crew.

On an alien world, the natives gather in awe and horror as the red sun their world orbits steadily begins to dim. Later, the alien returns to his world, finding it lifeless and empty.

As Carol notes however, stars do not simply turn off so suddenly or cleanly. The alien confirms that the star did not die but was killed by a massive space-borne entity that feeds on them. A creature he has prosaically dubbed "Behemoth".

And as if the magic word has been spoken, the ravenous entity arrives. Finding the power reserves aboard the Enterprise much to its liking.



0718Pavel ChekovIrina GalliulinThe HunterJames T. KirkCarol MarcusLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraZahraUSS Enterprise personnel
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Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrant
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Earth (Sol star system, sector 001, Alpha Quadrant) • LondonRussiaSan Francisco

Shipboard locations

bridgeobservation deck

Races and cultures

BehemothHumanThe Hunter's speciesVulcan

States and organizations

Starfleet (command divisionoperations divisionsciences division) • Starfleet AcademyUnited Federation of Planets

Ranks and titles

captainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerdoctorengineerfirst officerhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commanderofficerscience officersecond officerweapons officerweapons specialist

Other references

alienalternate realityantimatteratmosphereclothingcommunicationsdilithiumdistress callenergyevolutionhumanoidlifeformmattermemory-sharemusicphaser (Prime) • phaserplasmaraces and culturesranksciencesensorspaceStarfleet uniform (Prime) • Starfleet uniformstar chartstar systemstarshiptechnologytimetitletranslation algorithmuniformuniverseweaponwarp corexenobiology


prior to the year 2262 (Kelvin timeline)
Enterprise encounters Q. (The Q Gambit)



Cover Gallery


Stories set in the Kelvin timeline
comics When Worlds Collide: Spock Confronts the Ultimate ChallengeNero (1234) • Starfleet Academy (12345) • Star Trek Movie Adaptation (123456) • IDW Star Trek: Volume 1 (Where No Man Has Gone Before: 1, 2The Galileo Seven: 1, 2) • Volume 2 (Operation: Annihilate: 1, 2Vulcan's Vengeance: 1, 2) • Volume 3 (The Return of the Archons: 1, 2The Truth About Tribbles: 1, 2) • Volume 4 (1314Mirrored: 1, 2) • Volume 5 (17181920) • Countdown to Darkness (1234) • Volume 6 (After Darkness: 1, 2, 324) • Volume 7: The Khitomer Conflict (1234) • Khan (12345) • Volume 8 (Parallel Lives: 1, 2I, Enterprise!: 1, 2Lost Apollo: 1, 2) • Volume 9: The Q Gambit (123456) • Volume 10 (Behemoth: 1, 2Eurydice: 1, 2, 3Volume 11 (The Tholian Webs: 1, 2Deity: 12Flesh & Stone) • The Spectrum War (123456) • Live Evil (123) • Reunion (12) • Legacy of Spock (1234) • Connection (12) • Manifest Destiny (1234) • Stranger Worlds (123456) • Boldly Go: Volume 1 (123456) • Volume 2 (789101112) • Volume 3: IDIC (123456)
novels Star TrekStarfleet Academy (The Delta AnomalyThe EdgeThe Gemini AgentThe Assassination Game) • Into DarknessThe Unsettling StarsMore Beautiful Than Death
video games Delta Vega: Meltdown on the Ice PlanetAcademy TrainerCadet Training FacilityD-A-CRace to DestinyThe Mobile GameStar TrekRivalsDark Remnant
board games Expeditions live-action shorts Transporter CommercialBrilliant Enterprise CommercialCollision insurance commercialBold Explorers
websites Starfleet ShipyardDossiersExperience The Enterprise apps Star Trek App
prequels in original timeline Countdown (1234)
previous comic:
#40: The Q Gambit, Part 6
The Q Gambit
The Original Series (IDW series) next comic:
#42: Behemoth, Part 2

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