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"The Gods Have Come!" was a five-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip published in 1977. It was the tenth of 11 annual stories from the UK comic strips series and was printed in the United Kingdom in Mighty TV Comic Annual 1978. In this story, Kirk and Spock try to rescue warring races near an active volcano.

Description

Omnibus teaser
The Enterprise picks up strange sounds coming from volcanic planet Alpha 332, where Kirk and Spock impose peace on a pair of warring tribes, the humanoid Parracas and the simian Turracas.

Summary

Captain's logstardate 32-19-25. The Enterprise is moving through the edge of Galaxy 517. This is unexplored territory and my orders are to proceed with caution…"

Unusual voices are detected by Nyota Uhura which Spock traces to an active volcano on a nearby planet. Uhura provides Kirk and Spock with a bearing, and they beam down to investigate. Through smoky, sulfurous gases they find a group of humanoid Parracas led by Maracu who are praying to the volcano. She interprets Kirk and Spock as messengers of the volcano, and through telepathy with Spock explains that they are praying for an end to war with their neighbors. Montgomery Scott radios that the volcano can blow at any moment. She heeds Spock's warning — her people pack their belongings and head away from their village down the mountainside toward a valley.

Kirk and Spock ride on saddled Parraca beasts toward the other side of the volcano, but are captured by ape-like warrior Turracas led by Turr. They are also telepathically receptive to Spock, but Turr refuses to believe Spock's warning about the volcano. Turr decides to sacrifice Kirk and Spock to the mountain. Before Turr can toss them into the boiling lava, Scott beams them back to the ship. The Turracas are spooked by the transporter effect and start to flee, just as the volcano erupts. Aboard the Enterprise, Kirk is glad that at least one of the two races will survive.

References

Characters

James T. KirkMaracuMontgomery ScottSpockTurrNyota Uhura

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)

Locations

Galaxy 517 (Alpha 332Biluddin)
Referenced only
Earth

Races and cultures

HumanParracaTurracaVulcan

Science and technology

communicatorgeologyriflescannertransporter

Ranks and titles

captainFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)lieutenantlordStarfleet rankswarrior

Other references

atmospherebowbeambridgecenturycraterdaygodhelmetlavalogicgalaxykilometermagicminutemountainParraca beastpeaceprayerradiationreligionsecondspacespearStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)sulfurtelepathyvillagevolcanowar

Appendices

Related media

Background

  • The science station's paper printout capability suggests a placement for this story in early 2266, prior to a bridge refit, but after Nyota Uhura joined the crew and after the introduction of new Starfleet uniforms.
  • The source of the August 1977 publication date is Amazon.com.

Images

Connections

UK comic strips
Weekly story arcs "Life Form Nonexistent" • "The Crucial Element" • "Beware the Beast" • "The Third Party" • "The Children of Stai" • "Skin Deep" • "The Eagles Have Landed" • "Spectre of the Zond" • "Nor Any Drop to Drink" • "Menace of the Moloth" • "The Klingon Ultimatum" • "The Marshall Plan" • "Mutiny on the Dorado" • "The Ageless One" • "Thorpex" • "Under the Sea" • "Revolt on Dak-Alpha" • "Where Giants Tread" • "I, Emperor" • "Slaves of the Frogmen" • "Key Witness" • "Nova-Thirteen" • "Prison Break" • "Vibrations in Time" • "The Aging World" • "By Order of the Empire" • "Creeping Death" • "Ground Zero" • "The Collector" • "To Swiftly Go..." • "The Mindless Ones" • "The Perithees Alliance" • "The Saboteur Within" • "The Void of Storms" • "Spheres of War" • "Shell Game" • "To Rule the Universe"
Annual stories "Target: Zargot" • "A Bite of the Apple" • "Captives in Space" • "Planet of Rejects" • "Gateway to the Future" • "The Zodian Sacrifice" • "Smoke and Mirrors" • "Planet of the Dead" • "What Is This Thing Called Spock?" • "The Gods Have Come!" • "Rock and a Hard Place"

Timeline

Published Order
Previous comic:
What Is This Thing Called Spock?
TOS comics (UK comic strips Annuals) Next comic:
Rock and a Hard Place
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
What Is This Thing Called Spock?
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Key Witness
Previous comic:
What Is This Thing Called Spock?
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year Two Next comic:
Key Witness
Production history
26 August 1977
First published in Mighty TV Comic Annual 1978. (Polystyle Publications)
September 2017
Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 3. (IDW Publishing)
16 July 2020
Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection, Volume 121. (Eaglemoss Collections)

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