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"The Hunger" is the 19th issue of John Byrne's Star Trek: New Visions comic series. It was published in December 2017.


For thousands of years, it had drifted above the outer rim of the galaxy, draining life from all the worlds it found there. Now, it has learned of the banquet of populous planets near the heart of the Milky Way, and is heading there at terrifying speed—with only the Enterprise standing in its way.


Log entries

Captain's log, stardate 6619.2... USS Enterprise on an exploratory mission into intergalactic space.
Captain's, log, stardate 6620.3... The planet is just as Spock described it—cold, dead, with dust whistling around us. The filters in our respirator units will last only a few hours in this environment.
Captain's, log, stardate 6624.9... We have arrived at what First Officer Spock believes to be the most recently attacked planet.
Captain's log, delayed entry. The sudden shift in gravity threw me against and through the wall. But I no longer had any idea of how long ago that was. Falling like that left me with no sense of time or distance. However, there was one thing I did know. I was not alone! Given the speed and ease with which they dispatched Lt. Bachman... I saw nothing to be gained by resisting them. Docility was my best gambit. My "hosts" abandoned me, leaving me to be moved ever deeper by a levitation device.



BachmanChristine ChapelPavel ChekovJames T. KirkJohn KyleLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluTommy KovaksNyota Uhura

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Hollow Planet


intergalactic spaceMilky Way GalaxyRohrbough Maelstromunknown planets
Referenced only
Earth (Ohio)

Races and cultures


States and organizations

StarfleetStarfleet MedicalUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technology

antimatterblack holeclass Mcoordinatesgalaxygravityimpulse powerintensive care unitintermixLeiber-Kurtzberg Theorylife energymaintenance robotmathematicsmummificationnacellenegative energypattern bufferrespiratorrobotscannersensor arrayslingshotstructural integritytricorderwarp signature

Ranks and titles

biologistcaptainchief engineercommanderdoctorfirst officerlieutenantplanetary scientist

Other references

21st centuryanimalassignment patchatmosphereatombacteriabridgebriefing roomcenturycityconcretedark stardistress signalengineeringfairyfarmFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)galaxygasghostghoulgrasskittenlanding partymillimeterminutemummificationoceanstandard orbitphilosophypoetryplanetrogue planet • scienceskeletonsoil • space warpstarStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)star systemsuicidethird-degree burntransporter roomturboliftwarwarp factor (warp onewarp fivewarp eightwarp ninewarp ten) • year



Production history

December 2017
First published by IDW Publishing
August 2018
Reprinted in the omnibus New Visions, Volume 7. (IDW Publishing)
October 2019
Reprinted in hardcover in Graphic Novel Collection premium subscription photonovel #4. (Eaglemoss Collections)



  • Pavel Chekov quoted lyrics, "And they all lived in little boxes, and they all look just the same." The lyrics were from "Little Boxes", a song made popular by singer Pete Seeger in 1963. (Little Boxes article at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)
  • Consistent with his promotion, Chekov and Hikaru Sulu addressed each other by their first names while on duty.

Related stories



Published Order
Previous comic:
#18: R.H.I.P.
TOS comics
(New Visions)
Next comic:
#20 Isolation

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