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Kirk's crew is possessed by the spirit of Jack the Ripper! — "Wolf on the Prowl" was the 22nd issue of DC Comics' 1984 series of Star Trek comics. It was the debut of comic book writer and novelist Tony Isabella, his first of seven TOS stories, and featured the first of a two-part return of Redjac from TOS episode & Star Trek 8 novelization: Wolf in the Fold.

Publisher's description

Letter page teaser
Someone is killing crewmembers aboard the Excelsior. Kirk watches in horror as each death rises in the chain of command.


While in the Argelian system, the USS Excelsior is boarded by the non-corporeal Redjac, who begins killing and terrorizing the ship's personnel. A falsified message from Grand Admiral Stephen Turner claims that Kirk has broken the Prime Directive on Enoch IV. When the crew investigates, they find that the Enochians worship Redjac. Kirk diverts the ship to Enoch IV, hoping to expose and stop Redjac there. On the surface, they discover a temple built in its honor as well as a race of humanoids who are easily manipulated by the entity. Then, while possessed by Redjac, Nancy Bryce stabs Pavel Chekov.

To be continued…

Log entries

Captain's Log, Stardate 8878.1
We have entered the outer rim of the Argelian system on our mission to 'work out the bugs' out of the Excelsior. It has been fifteen years since I last visited this system... ...And looked straight into the face of Hell!
Captain's Log, Supplemental
My remembrance of other days, other missions, was interrupted by an urgent, if somewhat baffling, message from Starfleet.
First Officer's Log, Stardate 8879.0
We have achieved standard orbit around Enoch IV. Preliminary sensor scans indicate humanoid life-forms, but no discernible technology. There is some background radiation in the vicinity of the sole man-made structure on the planet. The landing party is standing by in the transporter room.
Captain's Log, Stardate 8878.1
We encountered the inhabitants of Enoch IV just after planet fall. Their reaction to our arrival was surprising, though not wholly unexpected.
Captain's Log, Supplemental
Lt. Saavik managed to question an Enochian youth with the aid of our ship's computer. Unfortunately the boy was... ...Largely uncooperative.




Pavel ChekovJames T. KirkSpockLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottHikaru SuluNyota Uhura


William BearclawNancy BryceCorwinGellerGillespieKonomL'LewohJ.G. NyRedjacRichardsonSaavikStephen Turner

Referenced only
HengistJack the RipperJarisKaraKeslaNoxinSybo

Starships & vehicles

USS Excelsior
Referenced only
USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Argelian systemEnoch IV (Temple to Redjac)
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Argelius IIEarthHell

Races and cultures


States and organizations

StarfleetStarfleet Medical Academy

Science and classification

Atalskes phaser IVbiobedcommunicatorcomputercoordinatesdaggerenginehydroponicslife supportmain computermicrotapephaserscannersensortorpedotransportertricorderuniversal translator

Ranks and titles

admiralbureaucratcaptaincommanderdoctorensignFederation Starfleet ranks (2270s-2350s)guardlieutenantprefectrankscience officerStarfleet ranks

Other references

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19th century
Jack the Ripper terrorized England.
Redjac was encountered on Argelius II.
USS Excelsior was attacked by Redjac in the Argelian star system.

Publication history

January 1986
First printed by DC Comics
28 February 2019
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #57 (Eaglemoss)



  • A short flashback summarized TOS episode & Star Trek 8 novelization: Wolf in the Fold and included Hengist, Jaris, Kara and Sybo.
  • The two-part arc was given a name (Wolf on the Prowl) on the cover of its 2019 omnibus reprinting. An alternative arc title, "Redjac is Back", appeared on the cover of part two, but not part one.


Related stories


Published Order
Previous story:
#21: Dreamworld
TOS comics
(DC Comics, Series One)
Next story:
#23: Wolf at the Door
Previous story:
first story
Stories by:
Tony Isabella
Next story:
Wolf at the Door
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Wolf at the Door
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2285.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in 1 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
Wolf in the Fold
2267 Next adventure:
Across the Universe


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