I'll start this off saying I don't have a copy of this book in front of me at the time -- I had it signed by Peter David and locked it away somewhere.
Would it make sense to theorize that this comic could have taken place over the course of a number of years? Most other sources (esp. TOS novel: The Kobayashi Maru) agree that the Kobayashi Maru test is a part of Starfleet Command School, which is a post-graduate study taken after the cadet's tour as an officer-in-training. The comic doesn't specify much about dates. Would it make sense to think this could take place over a long span of time between Kirk's arrival and his later career in Command School. This would help explain the presence of younger persons Kyle and Uhura in the story. -- Captain MKB 22:49, March 23, 2012 (UTC)