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"Tholian Web, Part 1" was the 46th issue of IDW Publishing's 2011 ongoing series of Star Trek comics, written by Mike Johnson. This was the first part of The Tholian Webs story arc, illustrated by Rachael Stott.


Previously in Star Trek
The USS Enterprise is on a five-year mission of discovery into uncharted space. Following their encounter with the alien pirate Eurydice, the ship's stores of rare dilithium crystals have been filled and its warp drive repaired. Currently en route from deep in the Delta Quadrant, the Enterprise seeks to resume it exploration at the far edges of the Alpha Quadrant

After acquiring new dilithium from the Dark Market, the Enterprise is able to resume course for Federation space. As Kirk requests a status report however, the Enterprise safety protocols automatically drop the ship out of warp. After engineering confirms the cause is not the black market dilithium, Spock demonstrates that certain parts of the bridge have become intangible. A phenomena scientifically known as interphase.

At a staff meeting, Scott and Spock explain interphasic space to the rest of the senior staff before a particularly irate Leonard McCoy storms out. In the halls, Kirk is attacked by O'Neill before Spock applies the Vulcan nerve pinch. As two science officers carry the crewman to sickbay, Kirk makes a general announcement and confines everyone to quarters between shifts for safety purposes. After finishing his speech, Hikaru Sulu briefly convluses before Spock calls Kirk to sickbay.

Arriving, Kirk finds McCoy has rendered himself unconscious. Spock then plays a recording that McCoy left who explains the Enterprise crew has succumbed to interphase psychosis, early symptoms of which are sudden pain and blurred vision. After urging Kirk to watch for and quarantine any crewmembers displaying such symptoms, McCoy notes the lack of affected non-humans leaving Spock as the Enterprise's best hope. With mounting horror, Kirk remembers Sulu's episode on the bridge as the ship goes to red alert.

As Kirk feared, Sulu has succumbed to the psychosis and taken over the bridge. Kirk attempts to use his security codes to retake the ship but finds he has been locked out but not by Sulu, by Scotty. Unfortunately, Scott has also succumbed and has decided to initiate a saucer separation sequence. Mathematically, the secondary hull has a better chance of escaping without having to compensate for the saucer.

As Spock and Kirk debate which hull should be secured first, the computer detects multiple unknown spacecrafts approaching. The crafts establish energy webs around the two hulls as Kirk realizes what happened. The Enterprise has fallen into an interstellar mousetrap, the interphase is meant to disorient crew then the aliens move in for the kill. As Spock notes however, if Kirk's theory is correct, their captors are advanced enough to be unaffected by interphase and thus more powerful than the Federation.

Log entries

  • Captain's log, stardate 2262.54.
    We're on our way home. Not all the way, our mission isn't over yet. But close enough to re-establish contact with Starfleet, and make repairs after the events of the past few weeks.



0718Pavel ChekovKeenserJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyO'NeillMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed USS Enterprise Kelvin timeline NCC-1701 personnel (USS Enterprise Kelvin timeline NCC-1701 personnel)
Referenced only

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Tholian starship


the galaxy's Alpha Quadrant
Referenced only
AltairDark MarketDelta Quadrant

Shipboard areas

bridgebriefing roomcorridorengineeringquarterssaucer sectionsecondary hullsickbay

Races and cultures


Materials and substances

alcoholAltairian soupatmosphereBourboncrystaldilithiumdrinkfoodlunchmoleculesoup

States and organizations


Technology and weapons

communicatorcomputercommand chairdocking clampgoggleshelmhyposprayimpulse driveintercomphaserphaser (Kelvin timeline) • phaser pistolpistolspacecraftstarshipTholian webtype-2 phaserwarp drive

Ranks and titles

captainchief engineerchief medical officercommand divisioncommandercommanding officercommunications officerconndoctorengineerensignFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (alternate 2250s)first officerhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commandermedical practitionermisternavigatorofficeroperations divisionscience officersciences divisiontactical officerweapons officer

Other references

alienalternate realityanatomyastrophysicscaptain's logcaptain's log, USS Enterprise (Kelvin timeline NCC-1701)clothingcommunicationsdeathenergyUSS Enterprise personnelfive-year missionhumanoidinterphaseinterphase psychosislifeformlog entrylogicmattermedicinenavigationpainpiracyplanetpsychologyquadrantraces and culturesranksaucer separationspacestarstar systemstardateStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (Kelvin timeline) • stuntechnologytimetitleuniformuniverseVulcan nerve pinchweaponweekyear


earlier in the year 2262 (Kelvin timeline)
Enterprise is stranded. (Eurydice)



  • Although Lieutenant Chekov appears on the standard edition cover wearing an operations division red shirt (with no rank insignia, indicating an ensign), he wears his command division gold shirt throughout the issue. In fact, despite appearing on both edition covers, he has only one line and appears in only a few panels.
  • 0718 has no dialogue, and only appears unconscious, stunned on the bridge.
  • This issue is the debut of the alternate Enterprise's saucer separation feature. Writer Mike Johnson stated in advance coverage[citation needed] that the plural version "The Tholian Webs" was important to a story point, but initial solicitations showed the title as "Tholian Web", in the singular. The final printed covers reflect the plural version of the title.


Cover gallery


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:
#45: Eurydice, Part 3
The Original Series (IDW series) next comic:
#47: The Tholian Webs, Part 2
The Tholian Webs

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