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"Live Evil, Part 1" is the 50th issue of IDW Publishing's 2015 ongoing series of Star Trek comics, written by Mike Johnson. This was the first part of Live Evil story arc, illustrated by Tony Shasteen.


Though the crew of the USS Enterprise has acclimated well to their extended stay in deep space, their mission is bound to encounter dangerous and unknown phenomena such as ion storm. The bridge is at red alert but given the unpredictable nature of such storms, the sensors cannot accurately pinpoint where they are relative to the storm's centre or how wide the storm is. 0718 soon reports however that the Enterprise is emerging. Pavel Chekov notes however that they have somehow been thrown across the quadrant and into the Ceti Alpha system. As Kirk and Spock discuss the unusual effects of the storm, Uhura detects a transmission from the fifth planet. A hysteric woman appears on the viewscreen begging for mercy. Ceti Alpha V is too baerren for the colonists to properly pay the imperial taxes. Eager for answers, Kirk beams down with Uhura, Zahra and Leonard McCoy. Upon arrival, they are greeted by the colony's leader, Khan Noonien Singh. Phasers are out in seconds as Kirk calls for reinforcements but Khan's words give the away team pause as he refers to Spock as captain.

In orbit, communications with the away team are being jammed before an unknown starship decloaks off the starboard bow. The flagship of the Terran Empire, the ISS Enterprise ICC-1701. Both ships open frequencies with Captain Spock ordering a boarding party to seize the enemy craft. Federation shields prove inferior to their Terran counterparts as Uhura is easily able to lead a squad aboard that takes the bridge in seconds. With that taken care of, Spock orders Chekov to target the Augment colony below and commence orbital bombardment.

On the surface, the phaser bolts reduce the colony to a flaming ruin. Khan directs what few survivors he can to run before he seizes Kirk. Believing this to be a Terran trick, he hoists up the man and asks for a reason he should spare him.

On Arronia II, Harry Mudd speaks to a shrouded figure eventually asking how he survived his first officer's plot. The figure has friends in low places but that is irrelevant. He is believed dead which gives James Kirk an advantage in his gambit to regain control of the Enterprise.

Log entries

Captain's log, Stardate 2263.27.
It's been smooth sailing since our departure from Banks-216.
All ship systems are running at optimal levels.
Crew morale is high.
But it wouldn't be deep space exploration if the seas didn't occasionally get rough.




Pavel ChekovJames T. KirkLeonard McCoySpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraSpock (mirror)Nyota Uhura (mirror)Pavel Chekov (mirror)Hikaru Sulu (mirror)James T. Kirk (mirror)Khan Noonien Singh (mirror)


0718Zahra • unnamed USS Enterprise (Kelvin timeline NCC-1701) personnel (USS Enterprise (Kelvin timeline NCC-1701) personnelKhan Noonien Singh (mirror)Harry Mudd (mirror)
Referenced only
Khan Noonien Singh

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • ISS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Ceti Alpha V (Ceti Alpha star system, Mutara sector, the galaxy's Beta Quadrant) • Arronia II
Referenced only
Banks 216

Races and cultures

HumanAugmentTerran (Augment) • Vulcan

States and organizations

FederationStarfleetTerran EmpireImperial Starfleet

Other references

alienalternate realityanatomyastrophysicsatmospherebridgecaptaincaptain's logchief engineerchief medical officerclothingcommand chaircommand divisioncommandercommanding officercommunicationscommunnicatorcommunications officercomputerconndeathdoctorenergyengineerensignUSS Enterprise personnelfirst officerfive-year missionhelmhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commanderlifeformlog entrylogicmattermedical practitionermedicinemistermoleculenavigatornavigationofficerphaserphaser (Kelvin timeline) • phaser pistolpistolplanetquadrantraces and culturesrankspaceoperations divisionscience officerspacecraftstarstar systemstardateStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (Kelvin timeline) • starshiptactical officertechnologytimetitletype-2 phaseruniformuniversewarp driveweaponweapons officeryear



earlier in the year 2263 (Kelvin timeline)
Enterprise leaves Banks-216. (before the issue)


  • Continuing voyages in a four-color frontier- by Joseph F. Berenato
  • Top 50 alien species- Annotations by Mike Johnson
  • Star Trek Comics: An Oral History- Sarah Gaydos's interview with Scott Dunbier and Mike Johnson
  • The Stellar Artists of Star Trek- Questions for several of the cover artists.


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)
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