An alien form invades the Enterprise through Spock's mind!

Summary[edit | edit source]

Captain's log, stardate 21:06.7 - The Enterprise was cruising through Galaxy Telpha Z... expedition operations were normal... until Mr. Spock's red alert button flashed in main control...

Spock has discovered a planet that rapidly changes its chemistry. He also detects traces of tiantianium on the planet. Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Johnson beam down to the surface, where an upheaval unearths the ruins of an ancient civilization. Strange lights emerge from the ruins and attack the landing party. Phasers are ineffective against them, but they retreat anyway, and after swirling around Spock, they vanish.

Spock tells Kirk that he has calculated a way to extract the tiantianium ore, but it requires returning the planet's chemistry to its original state. He requests special materials from the Enterprise and begins constructing an unknown device, but is strangely unwilling to discuss the details of his plan. He is actually being mentally influenced by the lights, which are the native Metamorphans; they were transformed into energy beings centuries ago and want to use the device to return to their original forms.

The device succeeds, and the Metamorphans become physical again. In gratitude, the Metamorphan spokesman, Zarman, allows the Enterprise crew to extract two hundred pounds of tiantianium ore. However, one Metamorphan, Textra, has stayed in Spock's mind, seeking escape, knowledge, and adventure. Spock refuses to allow this to happen, but Textra prevents him from informing the others of his presence. Spock is placed in sickbay, but he leaves and uses the transporter to to destabilize his body, leaving Textra with nothing to possess. Afterwards, he tells Kirk and McCoy what happened.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

Ross JohnsonJames T. KirkLeonard McCoySpockHikaru SuluTextraZarman
Referenced only 
Montgomery Scott

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class}

Locations[edit | edit source]

HidennaMetamorpha

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

HumanVulcanMetamorphan

States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Starfleet

Other references[edit | edit source]

adrenalineatomic rocketequipment transportmeteoritephaserropesickbaytiantianiumtransportervolcanowater

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Background[edit | edit source]

  • This story has been released nine times in English and has been translated 17 times into other languages: French (3x), Portuguese (3x), Dutch (2x), Finnish (2x), German (2x), Italian (2x), Turkish (2x), and Spanish.

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Connections[edit | edit source]

published order
Previous comic:
#3: Invasion of the City Builders
TOS comics
(Gold Key)
Next comic:
#5: The Ghost Planet
Previous comic:
#34: The PsychoCrystals
TOS comics
(Gold Key)
Next comic:
#36: A Bomb in Time
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Ice Journey
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
When Planets Collide


Production history[edit | edit source]

June 1969 
First published by Gold Key Comics
September 1970 
Printed in hardcover in Star Trek Annual 1970 (World Distributors Limited)
November 1975 
Reprinted with a new cover image by Gold Key Comics as issue #35
August 1976 
Printed in the omnibus The Enterprise Logs, Volume 1 (Golden Press)
11 December 1976 - 5 March 1977 
Serialized in Mighty TV Comic #1304 - 1316
June 2004 
Printed in the omnibus The Key Collection, Volume 1 (Checker Book Publishing Group)
2004 
The cover, two images and a quote were reprinted on Gold Key Chase Card #4 in the card set Quotable Star Trek (Rittenhouse Archives)
September 2008 
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD (Graphic Imaging Technologies)
August 2014 
Remastered in hardcover in the omnibus Gold Key Archives, Volume 1 (IDW)
16 February 2017 
Remastered in hardcover in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #4 (Eaglemoss)

Translations[edit | edit source]

March 1972 
Portuguese: As "O Planeta das Metamorfoses" in b/w in Jornada Nas Estrelas #4 (1st series) (Ebal)
August 1972 
Italian: As "Il Pianeta Camaleonte" in Star Trek Albi Spada #4 (Edizioni Fratelli Spada)
3 September 1972 
French: As "Danger sur la Planète Metamorpha" in Les Héros de L'Aventure #14 (Remparts)
1972 
French: In the omnibus Star Trek Album #1 (Remparts)
6 January 1973
Spanish: As "Peligro en el Planeta Metamorfosis" in TV Mundial #239 Viaje a las Estrellas (Editorial Novaro)
1973 
German: As "Planet der Verwandlung" in Zak Comic Box #8: Neue Adbenteuer De Enterprise (Koralle)
1974 
Dutch: As "De Planeet der Veranderingen" in Star Trek #A1 (De Vrijbuiter)
1974 
Finnish: As "Kasviolennot" in Avaruusmatka Star Trek #9 (Apulehti)
1974 
Finnish: As "Paha Vieras" in Avaruusmatka Star Trek #10 (Apulehti)
December 1975 
Portuguese: As "O Planeta Das Mutações" in Diversões Juvenis Presents Jornada Nas Estrelas #29 (Special) (Abril)
January 1978 
French: In the omnibus Présence de L'Avenir #1: Le Chemin des Etoiles (Sagédition)
5 April 1978
Portuguese: In b/w in O Caminho das Estrelas #4 (Aguiar)
1978 
Dutch: As "De Planeet der Veranderingen" in Ruimteschip Enterprise Strip-album #1 (De Vrijbuiter)
1978 
German: Abridged as "Planet der Verwandlung" in Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Album #1 (Condor)
1981 
Turkish: In b/w digest-size in Uzay Yolu #2 (Alfa)
1999 
Turkish: In Star Trek #1 (Alfa)
2005 
Italian: In the omnibus The Gold Key Collection, Volume 1 (Free Books)

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