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They're armed, they're savage... they're Vulcan! — "Cloak & Dagger" is a Star Trek: The Original Series comic published by Marvel Comics in 1997, it is the fifth issues in the Star Trek: Early Voyages series, and the first issue in the two-part story Cloak and Dagger. The story, by Dan Abnett and Ian Edgington, sees the USS Enterprise visit Darien 224, in search of the missing starship USS Cortez, where they find a lost colony of Vulcans.

Publisher's description

Pike and crew encounter a hostile enclave of emotional Vulcans who've been cut off from their home planet for over 2,000 years!


Ship's log, first officer recording.
The remote storm-wracked world of Darien 224 resolutely refuses to give up its secrets — chief among them is the fate of the Starfleet survey ship USS Cortez, which vanished with all hands in this system eight weeks ago. The landing party, led by Captain Pike, has so far found the only trace that the Cortez was here at all... I feel uneasy, and I don't know why. There is something here, but like Tyler's sensor ghosts, it is too insubstantial to catch. I hope the captain's faring better down below.

The crashed Apollo

On the storm-wracked world of Darien 224 a landing party from the USS Enterprise discovers the wreckage of the Apollo, the first clue to the fate of the missing starship USS Cortez. Captain Pike hails the Enterprise to inform the ship of the team’s findings but barely gets through; background radiation in the system is playing havoc with the Enterprise's sensors and communications.

On the planetoid the landing party continues its investigations. Doctor Boyce gives Yeoman Colt a boost to access the hatch on the top side of the overturned shuttle. Pike finds Spock concerned, he senses something.

Meanwhile Shinobi finds something in the sand and calls for the Captain, Pike turns to witness the crewman take an energy blast to the chest. The unknown assailants kill Kingcome and then makes a charge for Pike, but is blasted by the beam of a phaser rifle liberated from the shuttle's locker by yeoman Colt.

Above, a sensor ghost becomes a little too real as the USS Cortez fires on the Enterprise. On the planet the survivors of the landing party are cornered and unable to see their attackers through the sandstorms. Adjusting their laser pistols to wide beam they try and drive the attackers into sight. The tactic works to some extent bringing the attackers out, but they plant their staff energy weapons into the ground and arm themselves with lirpas, as they move towards the party for the final attack they are blaster by energy weapons from a group of hoverboats. The leader of the ships introduces himself, in Vulcan, and instructs the landing party that they will be going with him.

The Last-of-all-Cities colony

As the hoverboats fly to the Last-of-all-Cities settlement, Spock speculates the Vulcans are a lost colony, predating the logic enlightenment of Vulcan. The team are brought to meet the Vulcan's leader: matriarch T'Kell, at her side is Captain John Stone of the Cortez. Whilst Colt breaks the ice with the Vulcans Pike gets a report from Stone. The Vulcans crash landed two thousand years prior and have been isolated ever since, the main colony is eager to rejoin the galactic community but there is a splinter group of warriors which butchered most of Stone's crew and wish to remain in isolation. They also have hyper-weapons outlawed on Vulcan during the enlightenment. Spock is concerned these emotional Vulcans returning to their homeworld could destabilize Vulcan.

Sutek, the Vulcan who saved the landing party, interrupts, infuriated by Spock and the state of the contemporary Vulcan people. Colt disrupts the argument before it can escalate too far informing the Captain she has made contact with the Enterprise, which is under attack!

The Cortez fires the Toj par-doj on the Enterprise

Above, Number One tries to shake off the attackers, but on board the Cortez the renegade Vulcan Tagok is informed by his crew the Tol par-doj is installed and ready, the ancient Vulcan weapon lashes it's powerful energies at the Enterprise.



Phillip BoyceMia ColtKingcomeSita MohindasNanoNumber OneChristopher PikeShinobiSpockJohn StoneSutekTagokT'KellJosé Tylerunnamed USS Enterprise personnelunnamed Vulcans
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Starships and vehicles

Apollo (Class F shuttlecraft) • USS Cortez (Miranda-class survey ship) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Vulcan hoverboat


bridgeDarien 224Last-of-all-Cities
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Races and cultures


States and organizations

Federation StarfleetTagok's insurrectionistsUnited Federation of Planets

Science and classification

body armorcommunicationscommunicatorhatchionospheric bouncelaser pistollifesignslirpaphaser riflephoton torpedopower relaypsionic weaponsensor ghostshieldstol par-dojtransportertricorderviewscreenVulcan hyper weaponVulcan staff weaponwarp nacellewarp signature

Ranks and titles

captaincommanderdoctorfirst officerlieutenantmatriarchwarrioryeoman

Other references

atmospherebloodcarboncitycolonycrewdesertdust stormemotionFederation Starfleet ranks (2240s-2260s)first contactlanding partylightninglog entrylogicoff-worlderpeaceproximity alarmquadrantradiationsehlatship's logship's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)starStarfleet uniform (2240s-2265)stormtopsoilVulcan enlightenmentVulcan languageyear



No dates are given in the story, however it is assumed to take place in sequence with the rest of the Star Trek: Early Voyages series, circa 2254. The following issue in the series which continues this story has the stardate 2396.6.

Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Conflicting Natures
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Cloak and Dagger, Part 2 of 2
c. 3rd century
Prior to the Time of Awakening on the Vulcan a group of Vulcans are stranded on Darien 224, they found a colony, the Last-of-all-Cities. (Events referenced establishing the origin of the Last-of-all-Cities.)
Eight weeks prior to stardate 2396.6 (c. 2254)
Contact is lost with the USS Cortez while the ship is on a survey mission of Darien 224; the ship is hijacked by a group of Vulcans led by Tagok, who kill most of the crew before those who survived are rescued by the inhabitants of the Last-of-all-Cities. (Events referenced by Captain John Stone, establishing what happened to the Cortez.)
c. stardate 2396.6 (c. 2254)
The USS Enterprise is sent to Darien 224 to search for the USS Cortez after a prolonged loss of contact. The crew discover the Last-of-all-Cities colony, and the Enterprise is attacked by the USS Cortez, under command of Tagok. (Events of the comic.)

Production history

Published Order
Previous comic:
Nor Iron Bars a Cage
EV comics Next comic:
Cloak and Dagger, Part 2 of 2
Previous story:
Unlimited, Issue 4
Stories by:
Dan Abnett & Ian Edgington
Next story:
Cloak and Dagger, Part 2 of 2
June 1997
First published by Marvel Comics.
September 2008
Re-released on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD, by Graphic Imaging Technologies.
May 2009
Reprinted in Star Trek Omnibus, Volume 2, by IDW Publishing.
26 November 2013
Reprinted in the omnibus The Stardate Collection, Volume 1 by IDW Publishing.
31 August 2017
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #18 by Eaglemoss Collections.



Command division patch.

  • The uniform of the Cortez captain is shown with a distinctive assignment patch which, as the only appearance of the USS Cortez, appears only in this storyline.
  • The issue includes sixteen pages of adverts and editorial content including a one page advertisement for subscriptions to Marvel's comics, highlighting Star Trek comics with an image of the USS Voyager.
  • The editorial content also includes a two-page letters pages, the first one in the Early Voyages series. One of the issues raised in the letters page is the appearance of Dr Boyce, a little different from his TV appearance, featuring two-toned hair. The editorial response explains that Dr Boyce is one of the characters for whom Paramount did not have the likeness rights from the actor, so Boyce's appearance could not be an exact likeness.


Mia Colt brandishes a Phaser rifle

"What in the name of...?"
"Phase rifle, sir! I liberated it from the shuttle's locker when I heard the shooting."

- Pike and Colt after she shot an attacking Vulcan.

Related stories

Media featuring Christopher Pike
Episodes and movies The Original Series The CageThe Menagerie
Movies Star TrekkStar Trek Into Darknessk
Discovery Will You Take My Hand?BrotherNew EdenPoint of LightAn Obol for CharonSaints of ImperfectionThe Sound of ThunderLight and ShadowsIf Memory ServesProject DaedalusThe Red AngelPerpetual InfinityThrough the Valley of ShadowsSuch Sweet Sorrow
Short Treks Q&AThe Trouble with EdwardAsk Not
Novels Killing TimeaEnterprise: The First AdventureVulcan's GloryLegacyThe RiftWhere Sea Meets SkyBurning DreamsA Less Perfect UnionaThe Children of KingsChild of Two WorldsDesperate HoursThe Enterprise War
Short stories "Conflicting Natures" • "A Private Anecdote" • "Sins of the Mother" • "The Greater Good"m
Comics Early Voyages "Flesh of My Flesh" • "The Fires of Pharos" • "Our Dearest Blood" • "Nor Iron Bars a Cage" • Cloak and Dagger (12) • "The Flat, Gold Forever" • "Immortal Wounds" • "One of a Kind" • The Fallen (12) • "Futures, Part One" • "Future Tense" • "Futures" • "Now and Then" • "Thanatos" • "Nemesis"
Starfleet Academy "Return to the Forbidden Planet" • "A Prelude to War"
Crew "Shadows of the Past" • "The Ends of Eternity"
other "All Those Years Ago..." • "To Walk the Night" • "Door in the Cage" • Alien Spotlight Alien Spotlight, Volume I (VulcansOrions) • Mirror Imagesm (1245) • Spock: Reflections, Issue 2Star Trek Movie Adaptationk (23456) • Captain's Log: PikeAftermath (123)
k : Kelvin timelinem : Mirror Universea : alternate reality


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