Tools of Tyranny was the second issue in the four-part Star Trek: The Original Series miniseries The Modala Imperative. The story was initially published by DC Comics in early August 1991, then reprinted in a miniseries omnibus in October 1992. This story was written by Michael Jan Friedman and drawn by Pablo Marcos. In this story, during Pavel Chekov's first landing party mission, he and James T. Kirk were trapped in a Modalan prison.


While incarcerated with Modalan rebels, Kirk and Chekov hoped to learn the reasons behind recent political changes on Modala. Nobody knew where the police got their advanced energy weapons. When a guard harassed Kirk, Chekov fought back. A prisoner took inspiration from his bravery, vowing to bring bloodshed to the tyrants. Kirk proposed strategic sabotage, a more effective strategy than killing.

Meanwhile, Spock and Leonard McCoy beamed down to locate the missing officers. McCoy suggested that bartenders knew everything, but at the nearest tavern, the barman appeared scared to talk. However, a woman overheard their conversation. She witnessed Kirk and Chekov's arrest, and knew their probable location.

To be continued…



Christine ChapelPavel ChekovJames T. KirkRyan LeslieJabilo M'BengaLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed Modalans
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Garth of IzarJohn KyleTillis

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • truck


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Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

Federation StarfleetKrisaiaModalan SenateStarfleet AcademyUnited Federation of Planets
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Klingon Empire

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Ranks and titlesEdit

bartendercaptaincommanderdoctorensignFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)martyrofficerrebelStarfleet rankssurgeontyrant

Other referencesEdit

animalbeambloodcivilizationculturebriefing roomgruellanding partylogicmiani-flypolicePrime DirectiveprisonrebellionsickbayStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)tavern


published order
Previous comic:
"A Little Seasoning‎"
TOS comics
The Modala Imperative
Next comic:
"The Price of Freedom"
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
"A Little Seasoning‎"
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
"The Price of Freedom"



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