Star Trek: Mirror Images is a five-part comic miniseries published by IDW Publishing starting in June 2008, the omnibus was released in February 2009. The series was written by Scott and David Tipton and illustrated by David Messina. The series includes a four-part Star Trek: The Original Series story, and a single issue Star Trek: The Next Generation story, both set in the mirror universe.


The main story of the series is a four-part TOS story depicting events in the mirror universe prior to the episode "Mirror, Mirror"; showing the rise of James T. Kirk through his plots to unseat Captain Christopher Pike from command of the ISS Enterprise. The third issue of the series was a flash-forward to the 24th century, showing how Jean-Luc Picard took command of the ISS Starbreaker.



Issues 1,2,4,5)

Commander James T Kirk plots to assassinate Captain Christopher Pike and take command of the ISS Enterprise himself. An attempt through sabotage of the captain’s shuttle fails, so Kirk conscripts Spock and McCoy to obstruct Pike’s investigations of Kirk, and Scotty to install a piece of secret alien technology—the Tantalus field—to be delivered to Kirk by Orion pirates. Kirk masks the rendezvous as an illicit weapons/dilithium trade and is able to get the field onboard before ensuring that the Orions will not live to tell anyone of their delivery. However, the alien device proves difficult and Scotty takes longer than expected to install it.

Meanwhile, the Enterprise is ordered to Rashdin VII to retrieve a crashed experimental Klingon vessel. Pike orders Kirk to command the landing party and orders the security team to ensure that Kirk doesn’t survive. On the surface, the team finds the destroyed warship inhabited by large native beasts, who tear most of the party to shreds. Only Kirk and survive, and Kirk returns to the Enterprise with valuable intel on Klingon technoloy, successful in his mission. Frustrated, Pike assigns Kelso to eliminate Kirk, but Kelso himself is discorporated moments later by the Tantalus field. Pike throws McCoy in the agony booth to find out what Kirk has planned, and learns about the Tantalus field hidden in his quarters. He confronts Kirk and the two men fight until Kirk’s bodyguard intervenes, allowing Kirk to eliminate Captain Pike. Kirk assumes command and appoints Spock as his first officer, per their arrangement.

These events are contradicted by Shards and Shadows: The Greater Good.


(Issue 3)

As Starfleet fights a losing war with the Alliance, the ISS Starbreaker is intercepted by a Cardassian-Klingon task force. The logic-bound Captain Storl fails to defend his ship and several crewmembers are killed in the battle. Lt Picard assassinates Storl and takes command himself. He invents the Picard maneuver on the spot in order to escape the ambush, and his crew hails his leadership.

This story contradicts the events of Stargazer: Three and The Sorrows of Empire.


The series was originally announced as a four-part series, and was to have Chris Ryall as a third writer. Additionally their were plans for a second Mirror Images miniseries set in the TNG era[1], this eventually evolved into the Myriad Universes miniseries The Last Generation and the addition of a fifth issue to this miniseries, putting a TNG flash-forward midway through the otherwise TOS story.

There was a one month gap in the release of the series, pushing the third issue back to a September release, and bumping back the release of the rest of the series, with the fifth issue finally out in November.

The German omnibus of the series published by Cross Cult features new cover art by David Messina.

Prior to the publication of the series, author Keith R.A. DeCandido suggested efforts were being made between IDW and Pocket Books to keep the series consistent with the prose mirror universe fiction recently released by the Pocket. [2] However the short story "The Greater Good" published a few months after the completion of this series gives a contradictory account of Kirk's rise to captaincy.


Title/Number Issue 1 Issue 2 Issue 3 Issue 4 Issue 5
Scott & David Tipton
David Messina
2 July 2008
30 July 2008
10 September 2008
8 October 2008
12 November 2008
Cover A
(Joe Corroney)
Mirror Images 1A
Mirror Images 2A
Mirror Images 3A
Mirror Images 4
Mirror Images 5
Cover B
Mirror Images 1B
Mirror Images 2B
RI photo cover
Mirror Images 1C
Mirror Images 2C



Related Media Edit

Stories featuring the mirror universe
Enterprise episode: "In a Mirror, Darkly" • prose: Age of the Empress • "Nobunaga"
Discovery episodes: "Into the Forest I Go" • "Despite Yourself" • "The Wolf Inside" • "Vaulting Ambition" • "What's Past Is Prologue" • comics: Succession ("Issue 1" • "Issue 2" • "Issue 3" • "Issue 4")
The Original Series episode: "Mirror, Mirror" • comics: The Mirror Universe Saga ("... Promises to Keep" • "Double Image" • "Deadly Reflection!" • "The Tantalus Trap!" • "Masquerade!" • "Behind Enemy Lines!" • "The Beginning of the End..." • "Homecoming...") • Fragile GlassMirror Images ("Issue 1" • "Issue 2" • "Issue 4" • "Issue 5") • "The Mirror, Crackedprose: SpectreDark VictoryPreserverThe Sorrows of Empire • "Ill Winds" • "The Greater Good" • video game: Shattered Universe
Kelvin timeline comics: Mirrored ("Part 1" • "Part 2") • "Parallel Lives, Part 2" • Live Evil ("Part 1" • "Part 2" • "Part 3")
The Next Generation comics: "Mirror Images, Issue 3" • TNG - Mirror Broken comics: "Origin of Data", "Prelude", "Issue 1", "Issue 2", "Issue 3", "Issue 4", "Issue 5" • TNG - Through the Mirror comics: "Issue 1", "Issue 2", "Issue 3", "Issue 4", "Issue 5" TNG - Ripe for Plunder comics: "Chapter One", "Chapter Two", "Chapter Three", "Chapter Four", "Chapter Five" • TNG - Terra Incognita comics: "Issue 1", "Issue 2", "Issue 3", "Issue 4", "Issue 5", "Issue 6" • prose: Dark MirrorThreeThe Worst of Both Worlds • "The Traitor" • "The Sacred Chalice" • "For Want of a Nail" • Rise Like Lions
Deep Space Nine episodes: "Crossover" • "Through the Looking Glass" • "Shattered Mirror" • "Resurrection" • "The Emperor's New Cloak" • comic: "Enemies & Allies" • prose: Dark PassionsWarpathSaturn's ChildrenFearful Symmetry • "A Terrible Beauty" • The Soul Key • "Freedom Angst" • Disavowed
Voyager prose: The Mirror-Scaled Serpent • "Bitter Fruit" • comic: "Mirrors & Smoke"
New Frontier comics: Turnaround ("Part I" • "Part II" • "Part III" • "Part IV" • "Part V") • prose: Cutting Ties • "Homecoming"
Klingon Empire prose: "Family Matters" Titan prose: "Empathy" Vanguard prose: "The Black Flag"
Miniseries and anthologies RPG sourcebook: Through a Glass, Darklycomics: The Mirror Universe SagaTurnaroundMirror Imagesprose: Mirror Universe TrilogyMirror Universe (Glass EmpiresObsidian AlliancesShards and Shadows)

Connections Edit

IDW Publishing miniseries
Completed series The Space BetweenKlingons: Blood Will TellYear FourAlien SpotlightIntelligence GatheringTurnaroundThe Enterprise ExperimentAssignment: EarthMirror ImagesRomulans: The Hollow CrownThe Last GenerationCountdownAlien Spotlight IICrewMission's EndThe Wrath of KhanSpock: ReflectionsNeroRomulans: SchismGhostsFool's GoldStar Trek Movie AdaptationLeonard McCoy, Frontier DoctorBurden of KnowledgeCountdown to DarknessCaptain's LogKhan: Ruling in HellInfestationStar Trek—Legion of Super-HeroesAssimilation²HiveKhanStrange New WorldsNew VisionsHarlan Ellison's The City on the Edge of ForeverThe Primate DirectiveThe Spectrum WarStarfleet AcademyManifest DestinyStar TrekStranger WorldsWaypointMirror BrokenBoldly GoThrough the MirrorThe Light of KahlessSuccessionTerra IncognitaStar Trek vs. TransformersThe Q Conflict IDW bulb
Future series Assignment: Earth IIYear FiveAftermathToo Long a Sacrifice
IDW Publishing omnibuses
IDW miniseries The Space BetweenKlingons: Blood Will TellYear FourAlien Spotlight, Volume IIntelligence GatheringTurnaroundYear Four: The Enterprise ExperimentAssignment: EarthMirror ImagesCountdownThe Last GenerationMission's EndCrewSpock: ReflectionsNeroRomulans: Pawns of WarAlien Spotlight, Volume IIGhostsFool's GoldStar Trek Movie AdaptationLeonard McCoy, Frontier DoctorMirror BrokenWaypointManifest DestinyStarfleet AcademyCountdown to DarknessKhanHiveKhan: Ruling in HellCaptain's Log IDW bulb
Archive material Star Trek Archives (Best of Peter DavidBest of the BorgBest of Gary SevenBest of DS9Best of Captain KirkBest of Alternate Universes) • Best of KlingonsStar Trek Omnibus (Volume 1Volume 2The Original SeriesMovie Omnibus) • Motion Picture TrilogyNewspaper Comics (Volume 1Volume 2) • Classic UK Comics (Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3)

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