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"Connection, Part 1", was the 59th issue of IDW Publishing's 2011 ongoing series of Star Trek comics.


Don't miss Part 1 of the 2-part SERIES FINALE! It's the penultimate chapter in the latest Five Year Mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise, as Captain Kirk and the crew encounter... themselves? Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of STAR TREK with this all-new story that brings two timelines together!


James T. Kirk awakens in his quarters but finds the details of his surroundings to be unusual if not the general surroundings. Across time and space, James T. Kirk awakens in his quarters but finds the details of his surroundings to be unusual if not the general surroundings. Both Kirks reach the bridge of the Enterprise where they express shock at seeing the face of their counterpart in their reflection. As the Kirks theorize the cause of their predicament they are both rendered unconscious by their Leonard McCoy. In sickbay, the Kirks regain their faculties and are briefed by their Spocks that a probe has been sent to investigate an unusual anomaly believed to be related to the captain's hallucination.

Hours later, Spock lays down to rest before Nyota Uhura enters the room. Spock attempts to excuse himself before he witnesses a reflection that is not his own in the mirror. Nyota Uhura then wakes up to find Spock lying in her bed and kicks him out. Montgomery Scott then finds himself in an engineering section he does not recognize with unfamiliar controls while Montgomery Scott panics at the sight of an extremely unamused Keenser.

At a staff meeting, Kirk welcomes any theories. Spock opines that the Enterprise crew is witnessing glimpses of an alternate reality, a theory supported by Hikaru Sulu having flashes of a foreign control console and Leonard McCoy not recognizing his patients.

At a staff meeting, Kirk reveals his hypothesis. Rather than a shared delusion, the crew is witnessing flashes of an alternate universe, specifically the one where Spock's older self hailed from. The theory is relief to Hikaru Sulu and Leonard McCoy who believed themselves to be hallucinating.

Simultaneously, both Chekvos call their captain back to the bridge. The Enterprise has reestablished contact with the probe it sent out...except that it's not the same probe that was sent out.



Kelvin timeline 
Pavel ChekovKeenserJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraZahra
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Pavel ChekovJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraZahra
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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
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websites Starfleet ShipyardDossiersExperience The Enterprise apps Star Trek App
prequels in original timeline Countdown (1234)
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Legacy of Spock, Part 4
The Original Series (IDW series) next comic:
Connection, Part 2

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