For other uses, see The Choice.

KIRK VS. KIRK! A duel to save the Universe from OBLIVION!The Choice was a Star Trek comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1975. It was the last story written by Allan Moniz and the 30th drawn by Alberto Giolitti. In this story, while exploring an intersection between two universes, the USS Enterprise encountered a second Captain Kirk.

Publisher's description[edit | edit source]

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You've all heard the story of the Lady and the Tiger! Well, just suppose, for a moment, that instead of the lady or the tiger, behind those doors were the divergent courses of infinite universes! And, that one man has been placed in front of these doors to decide which path the universe shall follow! Then, imagine that your exact twin shows up and tells you to stop supposing because this is exactly what is going to happen! Now you have an idea how Captain Kirk feels in… The Choice!

Summary[edit | edit source]

Captain's log, star date 17:01.02. After a rather hectic two-week leave on the resort planet Lado, the Enterprise crew was immediately assigned a new high-priority destination! Our orders are to proceed to the vast and little known quadrant Mark 1, in the capacity of scientific exploration! Recent developments in para-astronomy have pinpointed a hotbed of telltale radiation there! Scientists now believe this area to be the site of the Big Bang! Or, in other words, the birthplace of the universe!

When they entered the region, sensors read blank and the ship's dilithium crystals went cold. Spock speculated that they might have entered a subspace parallel universe, perhaps within the primordial atom itself. A small capsule was discovered which contained James T. Kirk (alternate), a Kirk not from their universe but from the universe which existed before it.

Captain's log, star date 17:02.??: Trapped in a timeless, placeless void, inside the one piece of matter that exists from universe to universe, I have been confronted by my own double! He claims to come from the previous universe, come here to warn the one being, somewhere in the cosmos, whose life is not predetermined, to make the right choice! Who that being is, where he is, and what it the right choice, all remain a mystery! But all that matters now is the universe isn't big enough for both of us! One has to be left behind if any are to survive!

Since only one Kirk could exist in the normal universe, the two Kirks agreed to a duel to decide who would stay. They fenced with épées, phasers and their starships. The alternate Kirk mentally controlled a duplicate USS Enterprise decoy. By suddenly cutting shields, a hit from the decoy rocked the Enterprise, giving Kirk the upper hand in their fight. The alternate Kirk demanded that Kirk kill him, but he didn't. The alternate Kirk and his ship then faded away. A ghostly alternate Kirk then appeared, revealing that not killing him was the pivotal moment of free will.

Captain's log, star date 17:02.03… A week has passed since our escape from the primal atom and we still make our way back to starbase! This morning I had the following conversation with Mr. Spock…

Kirk wondered whether everything they did had happened before and would happen again. After Kirk asked why bother to do anything, Spock rhetorically answered whether they had a choice.

References[edit | edit source]

Characters[edit | edit source]

Pavel ChekovJames T. KirkJames T. Kirk (alternate)Leonard McCoyNovaSpockMontgomery ScottHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • USS Enterprise decoyrepair pod
Referenced only 
starbase

Locations[edit | edit source]

Mark 1 quadrant
Referenced only 
Lado

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

HumanVulcan

States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Federation

Science and technology[edit | edit source]

astronomyBig Bang Theorybridgecapsulecomputercybernetic helmetfree will theoremmagnetic lines of forceenvironmental suitguidance systemhelmhyperspaceintercomlaser torchmultiverse corollaryparallel universephaserpower packquantum physicsscannersensorshieldstunsubspacesuspended animationtricorder

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

astronomercaptainlieutenantscientist

Other references[edit | edit source]

20 billion yearsatombridgecode of honorcometcosmosdilithium crystalduelenergyengine roomépéefencinggasgoosehangar deckheavenhumanoidLady and the Tigerlightmattermoonplanetquasarradiationrabbitred alertsick baysingularityspacestarsubatomic particletimeuniverseyear

Appendices[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Related stories[edit | edit source]

Images[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

published order
Previous comic:
#32: "The Animal People"
TOS comics
(Gold Key)
Next comic:
#34: "The PsychoCrystals"
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Brave and the Bold
The First Artifact
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Burning Dreams
Chapters 20 & 21
Previous Adventure:
The Brave and the Bold
The First Artifact
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
"Balance of Terror"


Production history[edit | edit source]

September 1975 
First published by Gold Key Comics
August 1976 
Printed in the omnibus The Enterprise Logs, Volume 4 (Golden Press)
December 1978 
Printed in Dynabrite, Issue 11357 (Western Publishing)
June 2004 
Printed in the omnibus The Key Collection, Volume 4 (Checker Book Publishing Group)
September 2008 
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD (Graphic Imaging Technologies)
2015 
Cover art reproduced as a 9x13 embossed tin wall sign (Open Road Brands)
7 June 2018 
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #38 (Eaglemoss)

Translations[edit | edit source]

1976 
German: As "Kirk Gegen Kirk" in Zack 1976 #25 (Koralle)
1977 
Dutch: As "De Keuze" in the omnibus Ruimteschip Enterprise Classics Strip-Paperback #1 (De Vrijbuiter)
1978 
German: As "Der Doppelgänger" in the omnibus Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Taschenbuch #1 (Condor)
2006 
Italian: As "La Scelta" in the omnibus The Gold Key Collection, Volume 8 (Free Books)

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