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"The Q Gambit, Part 2" was the 36th issue of IDW Publishing's 2011 ongoing series of Star Trek comics, written by Mike Johnson. This will be the second of six parts in The Q Gambit story arc, illustrated by Tony Shasteen.


The extra-dimensional being known as Q arrived in the new timeline caused by elder Spock's pursuit of Nero (as seen in the 2009 STAR TREK film). Intrigued by Captain Kirk's failure to accept no-win scenarios, Q decides to put him in the middle of one. Q transports the Enterprise several decades into the future of the new timeline and we see that history has unfolded along a different path...

James T. Kirk immediately orders the USS Enterprise to red alert as he orders an evasive course. The photon torpedoes of their foes however quickly prove too much for their shields and Kirk orders them to warp. Hikaru Sulu attempts to engage the warp drive but is unable to generate a warp field. Materializing, Q reveals this is not the no-win scenario but merely a prelude to the real one. Declaring that, from this point onward, he is but an observer Q vanishes once again as confused Jem'Hadar troops beam aboard who slay a security officer and take the ship hostage.

With the Enterprise forcibly docked, Kirk is brought to Skrain Dukat, the station's commander. Removing Kirk's shackles, Dukat speaks to him with great civility revealing that the United Federation of Planets no longer exist in the 24th century. Though Kirk thinks Dukat is colluding with Q, the Cardassian has no knowledge of the being. Kirk is then thrown into a cell with Montgomery Scott and Nyota Uhura and their newest friend: Benjamin Sisko.

Elsewhere on the station, Leonard McCoy and Spock discuss their predicament before Spock notes their group of prisoners is comprised entirely of officers from the science division. Aboard the Enterprise, Dukat admires the ship's architecture before the USS Defiant warps in. In the cell, a Jem'Hadar enters only to reveal himself to the Enterprise crew as Odo, a friend of Sisko's, who calls for transport back to the Defiant. As Kirk is unwilling to leave his crew behind, Sisko simply knock him unconscious and has them all beamed aboard before the Defiant goes to warp.

Awakening the in the Defiant's sickbay, Kirks finds Q in a doctor's uniform. Kirk insists that the events are not a game and that people's lives are at risk. Q reveals that is the point. For one to win, there must be something to lose. Sisko enters and reveals Dukat spoke truly about the Federation's demise and says that they are soon arriving at Earth but reveals the planet has been conquered by the Klingons.



James T. KirkSpockNyota UhuraPavel ChekovHikaru SuluMontgomery ScottQBenjamin SiskoOdoKeiko O'BrienSkrain Dukat0718

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class cruiser) • USS DefiantJem'Hadar battleship (battleship)


the galaxy's Alpha Quadrant : Bajoran wormhole (Bajor system, Denorios Belt) • Terok Nor/Deep Space 9

Races and cultures

CardassianHumanJem'HadarQ (species)VortaVulcan

Technology and weapons

starshipspace station

States and organizations

Q ContinuumStarfleet (command divisionoperations divisionsciences division) • United Federation of PlanetsDominion

Ranks and titles

captainGulcommandercommanding officerFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (alternate 2250s)first officerofficerscience officer

Other references

clothingenergygalaxygovernmenthumanoidlifeformmatternation-stateraces and culturesspaceStarfleet uniform (Prime) • Starfleet uniformtechnologytimeuniformuniverseweaponKanar


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Stories set in the Kelvin timeline
comics When Worlds Collide: Spock Confronts the Ultimate ChallengeNero (1234) • Starfleet Academy (12345) • Star Trek Movie Adaptation (123456) • IDW Star Trek: Volume 1 (Where No Man Has Gone Before: 1, 2The Galileo Seven: 1, 2) • Volume 2 (Operation: Annihilate: 1, 2Vulcan's Vengeance: 1, 2) • Volume 3 (The Return of the Archons: 1, 2The Truth About Tribbles: 1, 2) • Volume 4 (1314Mirrored: 1, 2) • Volume 5 (17181920) • Countdown to Darkness (1234) • Volume 6 (After Darkness: 1, 2, 324) • Volume 7: The Khitomer Conflict (1234) • Khan (12345) • Volume 8 (Parallel Lives: 1, 2I, Enterprise!: 1, 2Lost Apollo: 1, 2) • Volume 9: The Q Gambit (123456) • Volume 10 (Behemoth: 1, 2Eurydice: 1, 2, 3Volume 11 (The Tholian Webs: 1, 2Deity: 12Flesh & Stone) • The Spectrum War (123456) • Live Evil (123) • Reunion (12) • Legacy of Spock (1234) • Connection (12) • Manifest Destiny (1234) • Stranger Worlds (123456) • Boldly Go: Volume 1 (123456) • Volume 2 (789101112) • Volume 3: IDIC (123456)
novels Star TrekStarfleet Academy (The Delta AnomalyThe EdgeThe Gemini AgentThe Assassination Game) • Into DarknessThe Unsettling StarsMore Beautiful Than Death
video games Delta Vega: Meltdown on the Ice PlanetAcademy TrainerCadet Training FacilityD-A-CRace to DestinyThe Mobile GameStar TrekRivalsDark Remnant
board games Expeditions live-action shorts Transporter CommercialBrilliant Enterprise CommercialCollision insurance commercialBold Explorers
websites Starfleet ShipyardDossiersExperience The Enterprise apps Star Trek App
prequels in original timeline Countdown (1234)
previous comic:
The Q Gambit, Part 1
The Original Series (IDW series) next comic:
The Q Gambit, Part 3

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