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The Menace of the Mechanitrons is the first story in the second issue of the Waypoint miniseries, published by IDW Publishing in honor of Star Trek's 50th anniversary. The story is set in 2267 during Captain Kirk's five-year mission aboard the USS Enterprise and was produced in the style of Gold Key Comics.

Publisher's description

Teaser page
First up is an homage to the classic Gold Key Star Trek comics. For those of you not familiar with those 1960s gems, the early Gold Key comics were created by writers and artists who, at times, had never even seen the show, and worked off of whatever publicity materials they could get their hands on. Needless to say, their end results were definitely unusual—and very un-Trek in some cases (Spock kills! The Enterprise belches fire!)!


Captain's log, stardate 37:05.7
Top brass has tasked the Enterprise with investigating a distress call from the scout ship Ad Aspera...

James T. Kirk, Spock, Montgomery Scott, and Christine Chapel beamed down to Phygma 4. The area was rich with gravitite, an invaluable commodity. They found the lifeless hulk of the ship being disassembled by 20-foot-tall golden robots driven by Klingons. The landing party fired at the Klingon mechanitrons, but Kirk surrendered when Chapel was threatened. A Phygman explained that the Klingons had conquered them under the rules of their culture, which had been devastated by war. To get rid of the Klingons, Kirk had to prove that his people were stronger. Kirk challenged the Klingon commander to a duel. The Klingon accepted, choosing mechanitrons as his choice of weapon.

While Scott hastily repaired a robot for Kirk to use, a Klingon assault ship in orbit launched five mechanitrons toward the Enterprise. Hikaru Sulu reversed the polarity of the hull plating to repel them.

Kirk and the Klingon leader fought, but sabotage made Kirk's robot overheat. Spock arrived at the last minute with a second mechanitron to wreck the Klingon's robot. Kirk won despite the sabotage, so the natives pledged their loyalty to Kirk. Kirk gave them their freedom and promised to return to help the natives rebuild their planet.



Christine ChapelJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

Starships and vehicles

Ad AsperaUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Klingon assault ship


Phygma 4
Referenced only

Races and cultures


States and organizations

United Federation of Planets

Science and technology

artificial gravitycommunicatorgravititemineralphaserpolarized hull platingrobotsensortechnologytricorder

Ranks and titles

barbariancaptainFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)nurse

Other references

goldlanding partylogicMechanitronmetalminingorbitplanetslaveryspaceStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)war



  • The story emulated many Gold Key features, from shouted dialogue to the fiery exhaust of the warp engines. Other traits included a hyperbole-filled title page and a backpack-equipped landing party which included Christine Chapel rather than Leonard McCoy. Klingons went unnamed. Previously unheard-of substances became critical. Alien natives looked like bald Humans. Technology was slightly off (in this case, by defending the starship with hull plating instead of raising shields).
  • One aspect the comic couldn't mimic was the poor print quality of comic books in that era. An aged look was simulated by colorist Jason Lewis with flat, faded colors and worn-looking areas on the page.

Related stories


Published Order
Previous comic:
#1: "Daylily"
TOS comics
Next comic:
#2: "Legacy"
Previous story:
Purgatory's Key
Stories by:
Dayton Ward
Next story:
Headlong Flight
Previous story:
Purgatory's Key
Stories by:
Kevin Dilmore
Next story:
Previous adventure:
2267 Section
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
New Visions
Star Trek: Waypoint Comics
#1 ("Puzzles" & "Daylily") • #2 ("The Menace of the Mechanitrons" & "Legacy") • #3 ("Mother's Walk" & "The Wildman Maneuver) • #4 ("The Fragile Beauty of Loyalty" & "Mirror, Mirror, Mirror, Mirror") • #5 ("Frontier Doctor" & "Come Away, Child") • #6 ("The Rebound Effect" & "The Fear") • Special ("Only You Can Save Yourself" & "Consider Eternity" & "My Human is Not" & "Histories") • Special 2019 ("Hearts & Bones" & "Unfathom" & "The Swift Spoke" & "The First Year")

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