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"The Evictors" was a Star Trek comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1976, the 41st issue of their TOS series. It was the 13th of 21 stories written by Arnold Drake and the third of 22 drawn by Alden McWilliams.

In this story, a planet's religious and historical figure returns to oust the current inhabitants.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Teaser
Who were these men who came like gods? Were they, indeed, the first inhabitants of this strange world driven from it my mass calamity or was this the most horrendous hoax in the universe?

SummaryEdit

Captain's log: stardate 19:27:12.

Carrying out a protocol call upon the planet Nraka celebrating its 10,000th year of recorded history

During a cultural visit, James T. Kirk, Spock and Montgomery Scott witnessed the interruption of a planet-wide fireworks celebration by the arrival of a Sanoora world ship. Its commander looked strikingly like the religious founder of Nrakan's peaceful civilization, Zotar. Instead of peace, however, he announced that his people, the Sanoora, used to live on Nraka, and had been forced to evacuate to avoid an extinction-level event. Now he wanted his planet back, and he blew up an empty city to prove his might. The attack sent the Nrakan populace into panicked riots. Kirk and Spock speculated that Nrakans could be descendants of Sanoora who were left behind.

Captain's log: stardate 19:27:12.

During a historic celebration on the planet Nraka, invaders have laid claim to the planet! Against our carefully voiced judgment, Nraka has launched a defensive attack.

Councilor Dvor believed the world ship was run by pirates perpetrating a hoax. A fleet of spacecraft were launched to drive it away, but their weapons were useless against its shields. Kirk and Spock remained neutral, but Kirk had to concede that he would fight before ceding Earth to an invading force. When the world ship began firing at the USS Enterprise, Hikaru Sulu evaded the shots rather than return fire. However, this prompted Kirk and Spock to provide Nrakan technicians with a way to penetrate the enemy's shields. Nrakans continued to fight back, despite losing large numbers of ships, and as their weapons finally began to cause damage, the world ship was forced to retreat.

Spock later found evidence supporting the Sanoora's claim that they once inhabited Nraka.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

DvorInodukuJames T. KirkRavaMontgomery ScottSja-YoSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraZotar
Referenced only 
Paul BunyanJulius CaesarAlbert EinsteinMoses

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • groundcarsNrakan spaceshipsSanoora world ship

LocationsEdit

Nraka (Avarald)
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Earth

Races and culturesEdit

HumanNrakanSanoora

States and organizationsEdit

Federation

Science and technologyEdit

alphabetatmospherebio-sensorbody armorcarbon-14communicatorcomputerdeco-blazerenergy shieldgeneticslasermathematicsmusicorbitphaserradiationrogue starshieldswordtelescopeviewscreenweapon

Ranks and titlesEdit

captaincouncilorcriminalengineergeneralkingpirateprofessorsaintsaviorscientistsupreme councilortechnician

Other referencesEdit

adrenalineamoebaassignment patchatmospherebeefcapecaptain's log, USS Enterprise, 2266cavechemicalcitycivilizationcometcraterdaydeathdeityfireworksdogdress uniformemotionFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)firefishflyfreedomhistoryimmortalitylanguagelog entrylovemileminutemonthmountainmoviemutationoathobservatoryorbitpageantpeacepopcornraces and culturesrankreligionscienceShield of ZotarspaceStarfleet ranksStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)statuetatimoroThe Black 23rdtoastuniversevacuumwarwhaleworld shipwritingyear

TimelineEdit

ChronologyEdit

500,000 years ago 
Sanoora evacuated the planet Nraka in Sanoora world ships to avoid an extinction-level event.
7734 BCE 
First year of recorded history for Nrakan civilization.
2266
The USS Enterprise visited Nraka during a planet-wide pageant.
A Sanoora world ship returned to Nraka claiming rightful ownership of the planet.

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

Sanoora world shipsEdit

  • Regarding the vessel's size, Inoduku said "each ship was six square miles" and Sja-Yo estimated it to be "several miles in diameter". If it had six square miles of spherical surface area, the ship's diameter would only be 1.38 miles, too small for Sja-Ya's description. Since the inside of a sphere is described by its volume, not its area, an interior volume of six cubic miles would be more consistent, giving the vessel 16 square miles of spherical surface area and a diameter of 2.25 miles, or about twice as wide as the Fesarius. (Sphere calculator at Russell Kightley Media)
  • It was unclear from this story how many world ships were built. The "Planet of No Life" stated that the ship seen in "The Evictors" rejoined its sister ships, so at least a few survived. Some had the capability of reaching another star system.

ErrataEdit

  • When Kirk speculated on Nrakan origins, he explained how they came to have noses and blue skin. The colorist may have erred, as they were depicted with pink skin.
  • Oddly, vegetarian Spock complimented Councilor Dvor on a beef dish.
  • Kirk addressed his first officer as Dr. Spock on page 11.

Related mediaEdit

ImagesEdit

ConnectionsEdit

TimelineEdit

Published Order
Previous comic:
#40: Furlough to Fury
TOS comics
(Gold Key)
Next comic:
#42: World Against Time
Previous story:
Furlough to Fury
Stories by:
Arnold Drake
Next story:
World Against Time
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
The Trial of Captain Kirk
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The PsychoCrystals

Production historyEdit

November 1976 
First published by Gold Key Comics.
December 1978 
Printed in Dynabrite, Issue 11357 (Western Publishing)
June 2004 
Printed in the omnibus The Key Collection, Volume 5 (Checker Book Publishing Group)
September 2008 
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD (Graphic Imaging Technologies)
30 August 2018 
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #44 (Eaglemoss)

TranslationsEdit

1978
Dutch: In the omnibus Ruimteschip Enterprise Classics Strip-Paperback #2 (De Vrijbuiter)
German: As “Der Große Zotar” in the omnibus Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Taschenbuch #2 (Condor)
1980 
German: As “Der Große Zotar” in some editions of Condor Superheiden #1: Star Trek Jahrbuch (Condor-Verlag)

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