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The Hollow Man is the ninth issue of John Byrne's Star Trek: New Visions comic series. It was published in November 2015.


A mysterious message draws Mr. Spock on a solo mission to a distant part of the Federation, where an old friend awaits, as well as a menace with the potential to threaten the entire galaxy.


Captain's log, stardate 5862.5. First Officer Spock has approached me with a most unusual request…

Spock requested a ten-day leave of absence, but was evasive about his reasons. While Captain James T. Kirk and Doctor Leonard McCoy speculated, Spock used civilian resources to travel to Tau Beta IV, where he met Leila Kalomi, a woman whom he'd loved on Omicron Ceti III when spores infected him in 2267. Kalomi had asked for his help: her husband Alan Becker was acting so strangely that he seemed to be someone else.

Becker was a charming host at their dinner. He was chief mission geologist for a terraforming and dilithium mining station on the planet. He and Kalomi were converting the station to automation, as the planet had proved too costly to terraform. The next day, Becker took Spock on a tour of the mines, where he'd made extraordinary discoveries. Spock was intrigued, right up to the point where he was telepathically assaulted by S'uora, an immense maniacal cosmozoan trapped in the center of the planet.

S'uora had been imprisoned there 10,000 years ago. It had possessed Becker as a means of escape. It attempted to possess Spock, but Vulcan mental disciplines were strong and Spock was able to resist. It then took control of Kalomi, but Spock was able to remove all three of them from S'uora's influence. During the struggle, however, Becker was dealt a concussion. After getting back to the surface, Spock called the USS Enterprise for assistance.

Personal log… The mystery behind Spock's uncharacteristic request for leave is about to be solved. I am beaming down with Dr. McCoy and two security men.
Ship's medical log, Leonard McCoy, Chief Medical Officer recording. The Enterprise is holding in orbit around Tau Beta IV while I begin what I am already afraid will be an impossible attempt to save Alan Becker.

Becker's mind had been "tunneled out" by S'uora, so much so that his recovery was doubtful. McCoy was able to repair physical injuries from the concussion. Spock then used a mind meld to mend the psychological injuries. However, so much had been removed from Becker that Spock had to infuse portions of his own mind within Becker to help him recover. A part of Spock would remain in Becker, and with Kalomi, forever.

Captain's log, supplemental. USS Enterprise outbound from Tau Beta IV. Confirmed rendezvous with USS Hannon for transfer of Leila and Alan Becker.

The Federation facility was shut down, the planet quarantined. Kalomi thought that S'uora would be dead in less than a century so long as it remained isolated.



Alan BeckerChristine ChapelPavel ChekovLeila KalomiJames T. KirkLeonard McCoySpockHikaru SuluS'uoraNyota UhuraQ'an Vass


Alpha QuadrantOrion ColoniesRigelTau Beta IV
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Janus VIOmicron Ceti IIIRelay 9Starbase 26

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • RD-178 (civilian shuttle) • Rigel Queen (civilian starliner) • TRN-148 (class F shuttlecraft)
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USS Hannon

Races and cultures

AndorianHumanS'uora's speciesTellariteVulcan
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Ranks and titles

captainchief medical officercommanderdirectordoctorFederation Starfleet ranks (2240s-2260s)first officergeologistlieutenantminermining engineer

States and organizations

Blue Star LineFederation Planetary Development CouncilStarfleetStarfleet AcademyUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technology

conveyer unitdatabasedilithium mining stationelevatorintercomlanding beaconmedical tricorderterraformingtransportertricorderwarp drive

Other references

boredomcompassiondilithiumhyperbolemental shieldmindmind meldminingOmicron sporespressureprisonpon farrsadismspore infestationStarfleet uniform (2240s-2265)telepathyVulcan nerve pinch



Published Order
Previous comic:
The Survival Equation
TOS comics Next comic:
Mister Chekov
Chronological Order
Previous story:
Requiem for Methuselah
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (2264 to 2270) Next story:
The Savage Curtain



  • The story is a sequel to TOS episode: "This Side of Paradise" and also takes places after TOS episode: "The Devil in the Dark". Alan Becker was familiar with events in both stories.
  • This was the only New Visions story with a stardate in the 5000s. Based on author John Byrne's stardates in the series, this story (stardate 5862.5) falls between his 2268 and 2269 stories. "The Survival Equation" (stardate 4991.3) took place in 2268 and "The Traveler" (stardate 6019.3) took place circa 2269.
  • It was not specified whether S'uora was unique or belonged to a species of cosmozoans, but the beings who had the ability to imprison S'uora could have been other members of its species.
  • Images of Harry Landers, the actor who portrayed Arthur Coleman in TOS episode: "Turnabout Intruder", were used to portray the unnamed captain of the Rigel Queen.
  • Christine Chapel appeared without dialogue in sickbay, from the back in two panels and from the front in one.
  • Leila wore three outfits in the story, one for each day that elapsed. The day Spock arrived, she wore a shirt with a diamond pattern and dark maroon pants. The next day she wore a patterned blue shirt with a sweater and black pants. After Becker had recovered, She work a pink dress with black boots.
  • Alan Becker wore his orange coveralls except while in sickbay, when he wore blue coveralls with a black t-shirt.

Related Stories


published order
Previous comic:
#8: "The Survival Equation"
TOS comics Next comic:
#10: "Mister Chekov"
chronological order

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