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"Scotty" was the nineteenth issue of IDW Publishing's ongoing series of Star Trek comics. The stand-alone issue was an original story focused on the character of Montgomery Scott. The story was written by Mike Johnson with art by Claudia Balboni and Erica Durante.


In this issue we discover what led young Montgomery Scott to devote himself to engineering, as we witness his first steps on the journey that would take him across the galaxy!


On Delta Vega, Montgomery Scott tells Keenser about his family. In 1787, one of Scott's ancestors was an engineer on the HMS Enterprise. He rescued the ship, which was buffeted by a storm while on a mission to fight the French. In 2231, in Linlithgow, Scotland, just before moving to Aberdeen, the young Montgomery Scott heard the story from his mother. He tried unsuccessfully to repair some bagpipes. Later, a security officer caught Scott and his brother, Robbie, sneaking into a nearby shipyard, where Scott discovered a problem on a starship. Years later, when Scott applied to Starfleet, his application was denied. Scott got a job as an engineer on a freighter. He ended up fixing a starship's dilithium scrubbers, which is what finally got him into Starfleet. In 2257, while attending Starfleet Academy, Scott performed his experiment in transwarp beaming on Admiral Jonathan Archer's prized beagle, Porthos. The dog never came back, which is why Scott is on Delta Vega. Scott is considering resigning from Starfleet when Keenser begins playing the bagpipes, which he has repaired.



William CarnegieGlendaKeenserArlyne Jorgensen ScottMontgomery Scott's grandfatherMontgomery ScottRobbie Scotttrading freighter captainunnamed Starfleet personnel (Kelvin timeline)
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ArcherAlexander MarcusMontgomery Scott, Sr.

Starships and vehicles

HMS EnterpriseUSS EnterpriseNCC-0509 (Einstein-class survey vessel) • space shuttleSupermarine Spitfiretrain
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slooptrading freighter


Cydonia stationDelta VegaEarthEdinburghLinlithgowLinlithgow shipyardsMarsPresidioScotlandStarfleet Academy dormitoryStarfleet Recruiting office
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Races and cultures

Human (French) • Roylan

States and organizations

StarfleetStarfleet Academy

Science and technology

active phase transferantimatterantimatter fill portbloodcargo conveyorcomputer coreconduitcosmic stormcrossjackdilithium chamberdilithium scrubberfield geometry sensorimpulse reaction systemnavigational deflectoroptic leadphase transferphoton torpedo launchersensorsubspacesubspace field coiltractor beam emittertransporterwarp nacellewarp enginewarp reactor core

Ranks and titles

admiralcaptainchief engineercommanderengineersecurity guard

Other references

bagpipesbastaybattle bridgebeaglebedbedsheetbroachcargo baycenturydistress calleggFrench languageinterviewjunior officers quartersmaggotmain bridgemain engineeringmain shuttlebaymain sickbayminuteobservation loungeomeletpillowsailsquallstardate



2240s or 2250s

Production history

27 March 2013
First printed by IDW Publishing.
16 July 2013
Reprinted in Star Trek, Volume 5.
17 November 2015
Reprinted in The New Adventures, Volume 2.



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Published Order
Previous comic:
The Voice of a Falling Star
TOS comics
(IDW series)
Next comic:
Red Level Down
Previous story:
The Voice of a Falling Star
Stories by:
Mike Johnson
Next story:
Red Level Down
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Keenser's Story
Keenser's flashback
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Such Sweet Sorrow
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2257.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in 2 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
The Veil at Valcour
1787 Next adventure:
Shield of the Gods
Previous adventure:
Burning Dreams
Chapters 4-8 & 12
2231 Next adventure:
Bum Radish: Five Spins on a Turquoise Reindeer

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