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Mutual destruction assured!"Deadlock" was the 77th issue of DC Comics' 1989 ongoing series of Star Trek comics, written by Kevin Ryan. This is a prelude to The Chosen story arc, with art penciled by Rachel Forbes-Seese and inked by Mark Heike.


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Investigating the destruction of several freighters and a Starfleet scout starship near the Romulan Neutral Zone, the Enterprise encounters a warbird. The Romulan vessel attacks and both ships are badly damaged. The Romulans claim that the Federation has been attacking their ships. When a third, unknown vessel is detected, Starfleet and Romulan crews are forced to work together to face a new threat. The crew have to pull together, in utility jumpsuits, to save their shattered vessels.

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Log entries

  • Captain's Log Stardate 6121.8
    The Enterprise is investigating harassment of Federation shipping that has culminated with the destruction of four freighters and one Starfleet scout class ship.
    The investigation will take us extremely close to the Romulan Neutral Zone.
  • Captain's log, supplemental.
    We are proceeding with repairs on the Enterprise, but it is clear that our task will not be an easy one.
    Scotty maintains that it is an impossible task, and he may be right. However, we have no choice but to succeed-- and I'm counting on the fact that the Romulans don't have Mister Scott.
  • Captain's log, supplemental.
    Three hours into the repairs, we still have none of the major damaged systems on line.
  • Captain's log, supplemental.
    We are now sending personnel and equipment over to the Romulan battlecruiser as we await the arrival of the Romulan team.
    As we embark on the first recorded joint effort of any kind between Federation and Romulan personnel, I have my doubts about our chances of success.
    However, I have no doubt that this dangerous path is our only hope of our survival. It is that hope we are clinging to.
  • Captain's log, supplemental.
    Mister Spock and the remaining crewmen are returning from the Romulan vessel.
    Scott is finishing up repairs and making adjustments to the Romulan components.
    We have very little time left before the alien ship arrives. The limited capabilities of both ships will probably not be enough to defeat the alein vessel, yet there will have to be.



James T. KirkMontgomery ScottShaalSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel

Starships and vehicles

D7-class battle cruiser (unnamed D7 class starships) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • unnamed starships (alien vessel)


the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants

Races and cultures


Science and technology

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States and organizations

FederationRomulan Imperial FleetRomulan Star EmpireStarfleet

Ranks and titles

captaincommandercommanding officerFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerofficerscientistscience officer

Other references

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Published Order
Previous novel:
#76: Prisoners
TOS comics
(DC's 2nd series)
Next novel:
#78: The Chosen: The Hunted
Previous story:
Stories by:
Kevin Ryan
Next story:
Chronological Order
Previous story:
The Time Stealer
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (2264 to 2270) Next story:
The Chosen: The Hunted
prior to 2269
Romulans obtain Klingon cruisers. (prior to issue)
stardate 6121.8, 2268 (2260s chronology, 2264–2270 Enterprise voyages)
Enterprise investigates the Neutral Zone.


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previous comic:
#76: Prisoners
The Original Series
(DC's 2nd series)
next comic:
#78: The Chosen: The Hunted

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