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"What Pain It Is to Drown" is the lead story in the eighteenth issue of John Byrne's New Visions comic series, published in October 2017.


Pulled down to a world made entirely of water, the Enterprise is in danger of literally flooding – while Spock and McCoy discover a sinister purpose behind this bizarre planet.


Log Entries

Captain's log, stardate 6502.4...
Approaching the Polymax system for routine resupply.
Captain's log, delayed entry.
More and more of my ship is filling with this alien liquid. Fifteen crew members are dead. How can I tell their loved ones that they drowned in deep space?
Captain's log, delayed entry.
Mister Scott's plan has worked, but not all decks were being drained evenly. To reach the bridge required a circuitous route... Even with that, there were times I found I could not avoid the still-flooded areas. As when I came to a turbo-lift whose doors would not open. Manual operation showed why. The shaft was flooded. The liquid rushed away quickly, dispersing a thin layer across the deck. But the car was stuck on a level below me. And the water in the shaft showed no indication of draining any further.
Which left me no choice: To go up, I must first go down. Reaching the top of the car, I entered through the access hatch... securing it behind me, so only the water in the car flooded out onto the deck.



Tommy CarterPavel ChekovChristine ChapelJames T. KirkJohn KyleLeonard McCoyJanice RandLeon SawchukMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraUlumunnamed USS Enterprise personnel
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ApolloWilliam Shakespeare

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Da Vinci (class F shuttlecraft) • Einstein (class F shuttlecraft)
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Polymax (Polymax VIII) • unnamed water body
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LunaMiri's homeworldNeptunePluulTasus (Tasus V)

Races and cultures


States and organizations

StarfleetStarfleet AcademyUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technology

deflector screenemergency beaconengineenvironmental suithologramimpulse manifoldincubatorintercomphysicsprobepropellerscannersubspace communicationtractor beamtransportertricorderturboliftviewscreen

Ranks and titles

captainchief engineercommanderdoctorfirst officerlieutenant

Other references

alienassignment patchatmosphereauxiliary controlbridgebriefing roomcaptain's logcellcoffeecrewdayelementengineeringflyhangar deckhelmethourhurricanehydrogeninsanitykilometerlifeformliquidlog entrylogicmagnetic fieldmetermind meldminutemoonobservation portoceangeo-stationary orbitoxygenprimary hullsecondsickbayspaceStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)subconscioussubspacesuicideswimmingtransporter roomuniversevacuumvortexwarp factor (warp eight) • wateryearzero gravity



Production history

October 2017
Originally printed in New Visions, Issue 18. (IDW Publishing)
August 2018
Reprinted in the omnibus New Visions, Volume 7. (IDW Publishing)
October 2019
Reprinted in hardcover in Graphic Novel Collection premium subscription photonovel #4. (Eaglemoss Collections)



Related stories



Published Order
Previous comic:
#17: All the Ages Frozen
TOS comics
(New Visions)
Next comic:
#18 R.H.I.P.

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