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This article is about the TOS Unlimited story. You may be looking for TNG - War and Madness comic: "The Dying of the Light".

"Dying of the Light" was a 22-page TOS comic book story, a sequel to TOS episode & Star Trek 2 novelization: Arena which reunited Kirk and the Gorn captain from Cestus III. The story appeared in the first issue of Marvel Comics' anthology series Star Trek Unlimited along with the TNG story "Directives". This story was written by Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton, with artists Mark Buckingham and Kev Sutherland also contributing the cover art.

Publisher's description

From solicitations: Only Captain Kirk can stop the all-out interstellar war brewing between the Federation and the Gorn!


An unethical archeologist has been excavating relics on a planet that the lizard-like Gorn consider to be a sacred burial ground. When the Gorn attack, the archaeologist sets off a distress beacon, and the USS Enterprise responds. On arrival, James T. Kirk restores the peace by diplomatically surrendering to his old Gorn adversary.

Log entries

Captain's log, stardate 5970.3.
The Enterprise's routine mapping survey of the Lotora star group has been interrupted by a distress call from a Federation vessel...
... Which has brought to us to the uncharted planet Lotora III… And into the hands of an implacable foe... The Gorn!
Captain's log, supplemental
My experience of the Gorn has shown them to be fiercely protectionist and territorial.
Not to mention: deadly adversaries.
Baynan-- and by extension the
Enterprise-- has committed the worst kind of transgression in their eyes.
But they are also creatures of honor. And that's all I've got to count on...
Mission record of Commander S'alath of the Gorn Hegemony.
The mammals comply, and send their shuttle to Cenotaph, bearing the grave-goods.
I have defeated human Kirk. but it seems an easy victory. Is this a ruse, or is it less than his reputation would have us believe?
He was ever resourceful. When the Metrons capitalized on the tragic misunderstanding between Gorn and Human, we were set at each other's throats. I had hewn a blade from crystal, but he had used natural components to build a projectile weapon.
He could have slain me then. The fate of his crew rested upon his victory. But he stayed his hand.
What does he plan now?



Holm BaynanPavel ChekovJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyS'alathMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed Gornunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel

Starships and vehicles

Class F shuttlecraft (Federation shuttlecraft) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Galileo IIGorn warship (warship)


Cenotaph/Lotora IIILotora star group (the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrant)
Referenced only

Races and cultures

GornHuman (Norseman) • Vulcan
Referenced only

Science and technology

buoycannoncomputerdaggerdeflector shielddistress beaconmarker spheremedscannermedical tricorderPADDphaserphaser bankphaser emitterphaser pistolpistolsatelliteSestra phaser IIstarshipstylustype-2 phaserviewscreenweapon

States and organizations

FederationGorn HegemonyStarfleetUniversity of Colorado
Referenced only
Metron Consortium

Ranks and titles

archaeologistcaptainchair of extraterrestrial anthropologychief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerdoctorexecutive officerFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerGorn rankslieutenantlieutenant commanderprofessorscience officer

Other references

assignment patcharchaeologybeambirdbridgebrigcemeteryclothingcrystaldeathdinosauriadiplomacydistress callevolutiongalaxyhandshakehangar deckhonorhourhumanoidlifeformlizardmagnetismmammalnationpictographplanetplantpyramidquadrantraces and culturesranksecurityspacestandard orbitstarstar systemStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)statestatuetechnologytitletransporter roomtreeturboliftuniformuniverseValkyrieviruswarwarp threeyear



500 million years ago
Gorn placed stone marker spheres in orbit of Cenotaph.
James T. Kirk and S'alath met in a trial by combat initiated by Metrons.
2269 (prior to stardate 5970.3)
Archeologist Holm Baynan traveled to Cenotaph intent on grave robbing the Gorn's cemetery world.
2269 (stardate 5970.3)
USS Enterprise responded to Baynan's distress call.
2269 (after stardate 5970.3)
Galileo II was destroyed in flames with a phaser to symbolize the Viking tradition of honoring the dead.




Related stories



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:
TOS comics
Next comic:
Action of the Tiger
Previous story:
Stories by:
Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton
Next story:
Action of the Tiger
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Allegiance in Exile
Pillagra: 13-19
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Action of the Tiger

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