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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.

Description

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?

Summary

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.

References

Characters

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

Starships and vehicles

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

Locations

Nraka (Avarald)
Referenced only
Earth

Races and cultures

HumanNrakanSanoora

States and organizations

Federation

Science and technology

alphabetatmospherebio-sensorbody armorcarbon-14communicatorcomputerdeco-blazerenergy shieldgeneticslasermathematicsmusicorbitphaserradiationrogue starshieldswordtelescopeviewscreenweapon

Ranks and titles

captaincouncilorcriminalengineergeneralkingpirateprofessorsaintsaviorscientistsupreme councilortechnician

Other references

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

Chronology

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.

Appendices

Related media

Background

Sanoora world ships

  • 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.

Errata

  • 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.

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Connections

Gold Key Comics stories and publications
Issues "The Planet of No Return" • "The Devil's Isle of Space" • "Invasion of the City Builders" • "The Peril of Planet Quick Change" • "The Ghost Planet" • "When Planets Collide" • "The Voodoo Planet" • "The Youth Trap" • "The Legacy of Lazarus" • "Sceptre of the Sun" • "The Brain Shockers" • "The Flight of the Buccaneer" • "Dark Traveler" • "The Enterprise Mutiny" • "Museum at the End of Time" • "Day of the Inquisitors" • "The Cosmic Cavemen" • "The Hijacked Planet" • "The Haunted Asteroid" • "A World Gone Mad" • "The Mummies of Heitius VII" • "Siege in Superspace" • "Child's Play" • "The Trial of Captain Kirk" • "Dwarf Planet" • "The Perfect Dream" • "Ice Journey" • "The Mimicking Menace" • "Death of a Star" • "The Final Truth" • "The Animal People" • "The Choice" • "The PsychoCrystals" • "A Bomb in Time" • "One of Our Captains Is Missing!" • "Prophet of Peace" • "Furlough to Fury" • "The Evictors" • "World Against Time" • "The World Beneath the Waves" • "Prince Traitor" • "Mr. Oracle" • "This Tree Bears Bitter Fruit" • "Murder on the Enterprise" • "A Warp in Space" • "Planet of No Life" • "Destination... Annihilation!" • "And a Child Shall Lead Them" • "What Fools These Mortals Be.." • “Sport of Knaves” • "A World Against Itself" • "No Time Like the Past" • "Spore of the Devil" • "The Brain-Damaged Planet" • "To Err Is Vulcan" • "The Empire Man!" • "Operation Con Game"
Additional stories "James T. Kirk: Psycho-File" • "A Page From Scotty's Diary" • "Spock: Psycho-File" • "From Sputnik to Warp Drive"
Collections Star Trek Annuals (1969197019721973197419751976197719781979198019831986) • The Enterprise Logs (Volumes 1234) • The Key Collection (Volumes 12345) • Gold Key Archives (Volumes 12345) • Gold Key 100-Page Spectacular
Related media "Voyage of Discovery" • "The Exile" • "The Red Hour" • "The Tunnel of Death" • "... Wild Goose Chase!" • "A Hint of Life" • "Space Chase" • "Escape from the Clinging Dags" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "The Menace of the Mechanitrons" • "Trial by Fire!"

Timeline

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:
Prince Traitor
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The Tunnel of Death
Previous comic:
Prince Traitor
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year Two Next comic:
The Tunnel of Death
Production history
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)
Translations
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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