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The Final Mission! — "The Final Voyage" was the second TOS annual published by DC Comics during their first series. Released in September 1986, it was written by Mike W. Barr and inked by Bob Smith. This story about the end of the USS Enterprise's five-year mission followed the previous annual's first mission, "All Those Years Ago...". This was the sole Star Trek story pencilled by Dan Jurgens.

Description[]

Revealed at last: The final mission of the Enterprise.

Summary[]

Log entries[]

Captain's log, USS Kobayashi Maru II, stardate 5995.7. 
On deep-space patrol, the USS Kobayashi Maru II has received a priority-1 emergency call.
Captain's log, USS Enterprise, stardate 5996.5. 
On a charting mission on the outer rim of our sector, we await word from Starfleet Command — a message crucial to the crew and well-being of the Enterprise.
Captain's log, stardate 5997.7. 
Our return to Earth has been delayed by the necessity of a short stopover at Starbase 10, to pick up the officer assigned to oversee the Enterprise during her refitting. I am of course anxious to meet this officer, and Mr. Scott plans to pick up some new hologram tapes for the ship's recreation room.
Captain's log, supplemental. 
With our errands at Starbase 10 completed, we are heading for Earth at maximum warp. Despite our speed, however, with Commander Decker aboard, it promises to be a long trip.
Captain's log, supplemental. 
I have begun to introduce Commander Decker to the Enterprise crew. I'm afraid he won't make this easy for himself, but I must bear in mind Dr. McCoy's earlier advice.
Captain's log, supplemental. 
The crew's anticipation at returning home can barely be contained. Tonight, Mr. Spock has the conn, so Engineer Scott, Dr. McCoy and myself may continue an ancient Starfleet custom, dating back to old Earth... the "initiation" of crewmen who are returning from their first deep-space tours of duty.
Captain's log, stardate 5998.9. 
In an attempt to learn how the Enterprise could have been surrounded by three Klingon warships, I have ordered a full sensor scan... and find myself confronted by another mystery!
Talos IV! The only planet in the known galaxy proscribed under General Order 7… the only remaining death penalty in Starfleet law!
Captain's log, supplemental. 
If the Klingons have found a way to harness the Talosians' illusory powers, it could spell disaster for the Federation. Spock's own mental abilities may prove valuable if such is the case… but I can also sense his concern for his former commander, Captain Christopher Pike, one of the only two Human residents of this planet!
Captain's log, supplemental. 
Working frantically, trying to complete our task before the Klingons discover our absence, I have assisted Dr. McCoy in the concoction of a special formula...
Captain's log, supplemental. 
The Klingon warships have been disabled, and Starfleet notified. Mr. Spock has freed the captive Talosians, who have regained control of their planet.
Captain's log, stardate 5999.9. 
We are nearing Earth, awaiting docking instructions from Starfleet. I wonder if Earth has changed very much in the years away, if —
Captain's log, stardate 6000.0. 
We are home... and I find the pleasure of homecoming mingled with the pain of saying good-bye.
Is McCoy right? Will I stagnate behind an admiral's desk? I don't think so... Still, perhaps the most important part of my life has been spent aboard this ship. It is difficult to believe that I will never captain her again... Perhaps this is not an end, after all, but rather, a beginning.

References[]

Characters[]

Pavel ChekovWillard DeckerHaleKamarJames T. KirkKoloth, son of LassharLeonard McCoyChristopher PikeMontgomery ScottSpockGeorge StockerHikaru SuluTalosian MagistrateNyota UhuraVinaunnamed USS Enterprise personnel (yeoman, crewmen, bridge crew) • unnamed Klingonsunnamed Starfleet personnel (Andorian, transporter chief)
Referenced only 
Matthew DeckerAmanda GraysonEdith KeelerJoanna McCoyPeter the GreatHideki TojoJocelyn Treadway

Starships and vehicles[]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS Kobayashi Maru II (Miranda-class cruiser) • truckZachary Taylorunnamed D7 class starships
Referenced only 
USS Constellation (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)

Locations[]

Earth (Earth SpacedockLuna) • the galaxyStarbase 10Talos IVunnamed planets
Referenced only 
Alpha CentauriCarnellia VIIEarth (Mount FujiRussia) • Gamma Hydra IVVulcanWrigley's Pleasure Planet

Races and cultures[]

AndorianHuman (AmericanJapaneseRussian) • KlingonTalosianVulcan

States and organizations[]

FederationStarfleet (Starfleet Academy Starfleet Command)

Science and classification[]

antidoteauto destructchartingcommunicatorholo-tapehologramholographic projectorintercomlaboratorylife supportmachineryPADDscannersedativeshieldsstarshipstimulanttapetractor beamtricorderviewscreenweaponwheelchair

Lifeforms[]

animalCarnellian acid-snakegrasshumanoidlifeformplantsnaketree

Materials and substances[]

acidadrenalineatmospherebloodgasmatterwater

Weapons[]

disruptordisruptor riflemek'lethneuralizerphaserphoton torpedo

Ranks and titles[]

admiralcaptainchief engineerchief medical officerChief of Starfleet Operationscommandercommanding officercommodorecommunications officercrewmanczardoctorengineerensignFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerhelmsmanlieutenantmedicine manofficerscience officersecond officersoldierspy

Other references[]

anatomyassignment patchasteroidbeambootbridgebridge crewcaptain's log, USS Enterprise, 2270chaincliffclothingcosmosdeath penaltydevilendocrine systemenergyFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)five-year missionfoods and beveragesfreightergalaxyGeneral Order 7handshakehologramhospitalillusioninitiationKlingon uniformKlingoneseKolinahrlanding partylanguagelogicmarriageminiskirtmoneymonthmountainmustachemutinyorbitpajamaspantspennyplanetpriority-1 emergency callraces and culturesrankrecreation roomrefitresignationsciencesecondsectorshore leavesickbayskiingspacespacedockstarstar systemstarbaseStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)Starfleet uniform (early 2270s)technologytelepathytimetitletransporter roomtunicuniformuniverseVulcan mind touchwarwarp factor (warp twomaximum warp) • weaponyear

Timeline[]

Set near Prime Directive, Black Fire and The Lost Years.

Chronology[]

2270 (Memory Beta Chronology: 2270sVoyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (2264 to 2270))

Production history[]

September 1986 
First published by DC Comics.
1991 
Collected in the omnibus The Best of Star Trek. (DC Comics)
26 March 2020 
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #105. (Eaglemoss)

Appendices[]

Errata[]

Related stories[]

Other "final mission" stories appeared in:

Images[]

Connections[]

Published Order
Previous comic:
#1: All Those Years Ago...
TOS comics (DC Comics, Series One Annuals) Next comic:
#3: Retrospect
Previous story:
All Those Years Ago...
Stories by:
Mike W. Barr
Next story:
The Voyage Home
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:

Mission's End
Mission's End, Issue 5
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:

Crucible
Provenance of Shadows
Chapters 24 and 26
Previous story:
Trekkers
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (2264 to 2270) Next story:
Black Fire

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