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"What Goes Around…" was the 41st issue of DC Comics's 1984 ongoing series of Star Trek comics, released in August 1987. The issue consists of a 21-page Star Trek: The Original Series story written by new series regular writer Michael Carlin. Pencil and ink art was by Tom Sutton and Ricardo Villagran, respectively, with colors by Michele Wolfman and lettering by Agustin Mas. This issue was edited by Robert Greenberger.


The Enterprise responds to a distress call from a merchant ship under attack by Orion pirates. The pirates have hostages aboard their ship, and the merchant ship in tow, when the Enterprise arrives. Thanks to another miracle from Scotty, the hostages are rescued and the pirates captured.

Log entries

Ace Industries Cargo Vessel Number 10658, captain's log, stardate 8950.4
Ruthless Orion pirates are storming my ship
—All seems lost!
The renegade traders have breached our hull at several strategic vantage points—
Ace's losing scores of hard working employees to the ravages of space as a result!
I record this log as the pirates make their way to my bridge
—In the hopes that justice may be administered should the worst befall us all!
We're law-abiding drygoods freighters unarmed and unaccustomed to dealing with space-marauders—
—We should've known a shipload of Andorian jewels would attract the wrong kind of attention!
My instruments show that the Orions have sealed off space's vacuum—it's only a matter of seconds now…
Enterprise, captain's log, stardate 8950.1
The Enterprise crewman's Olympics qualifying matches proceed without a hitch today, until…
Captain's log, stardate 89501.7
The Orion pirates have been incarcerated and the innocent merchant ship has been sent on its way…
… Only the Enterprise's troubles remain unsettled.
Medical officer's log, stardate 8952.4
Captain Scott's treatment and recovery are swift…
… He's a tough man to keep down.



AlloccaAronsWilliam BearclawBensonPavel ChekovFucciIsenbergJames T. KirkKaminskyKonomLawlorMakonLeonard McCoyScottySpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraUSS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) personnelunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) personnelAce Industries Cargo Vessel 10658 personnelunnamed Orions

Starships and vehicles

Ace Industries Cargo Vessel 10658 (merchant ship/freighter) • USS Enterprise-A (Enterprise-subclass refit Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • unnamed Orion starships (Orion pirate ship)
Referenced only
USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Referenced only
Starbase 12

Shipboard areas

USS Enterprise
bridgeengineeringgymnasiumsickbayquarterstransporter room
Ace Industries Cargo Vessel 10658

Races and cultures

Human (RussianNative AmericanScottish) • KlingonOrionVulcan
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States and organizations

Ace IndustriesFederationOrion ColoniesStarfleet

Science and classification

coordinatesenergylifeformmatterparsecraces and culturessecondspacestardatesubspacetechnologytimeuniverse



Material and substances


Technology and weapons

bio-scandeflector shieldhullJefferies tubephaserphoton defense systemriflesensorstarshipsubspace radiotransporterviewscreenwarp drive

Ranks and titles

captainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officercrewmanczardoctorengineerensignFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2270s-2350s)first officerhelmsmannavigatorofficerscience officersecond officersecuritysecurity chieftactical officerweapons officer

Other references

captain's logcaptain's log, Ace Industries Cargo Vessel 10658captain's log, USS Enterprise-A, 2286communicationdistress callgovernmentkindergartenlawlog entrymedical officer's logmedical officer's log, USS Enterprise-Anation-stateOlympicsOrion piracypiracyrankStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2278-2350s)titleuniformweaponwrestlingyellow alert


2270 (voyages of the USS Enterprise)
Orion pirates steal a supply of strobolin, endangering Spock's life. (TAS episode & Log Five novelization: The Pirates of Orion, mentioned as having occurred a decade earlier)
2286 (voyages of the USS Enterprise-A)
Enterprise-A receives 10658's distress call.


Related media




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