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"Year Five, Issue 15" is the fifteenth issue of IDW Publishing's Year Five miniseries.


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The final voyages of the U.S.S. Enterprise continue with the amazing crew of writer Jody Houser (Stranger Things, Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy) and artist Silvia Califano (The X-Files: Case Files)!
With the Klingon threat behind them, the crew of the Enterprise begins their victory tour of the original planets of the Federation. But they'll soon discover that for all of the danger they faced on the five-year mission, the biggest threat of all may be something closer to home.


With the Guide of Fire ordeal behind them the crew of the Enterprise resume their trip back to Earth, but as they get closer to home, so does the upcoming election. Kirk has convinced his old friend, Attorney General Areel Shaw, to run for the Federation Presidency on a platform of exploration and expansion but on the other side are the Originalists, a movement that would put a stop to exploration-and missions like Kirk's-for good.

Stardate 7265.4, the USS Enterprise has been sent to Andoria at the request of Areel Shaw to investigate the Originalist movement. As the ship enters the system, James T. Kirk is pulled aside by Spock. Correctly deducing that Kirk intends to have him accompanying him to Andoria, the Vulcan asks that he remain aboard ship, both so he can keep watch and doubting a detached logical mind will have any effect on the irrational world of politics. As a substitute, Spock suggests taking Bright Eyes, hoping that a crew member from a non-Federation world will show the Originalists how wrong their philosophy is.

Accompanied by Montgomery Scott and Bright Eyes, Kirk dramatically beams into Andor, Bright Eyes' presence earning Campaign Chief of Staff Renei's ire. Brought to Renei's office, both sides are clearly aware that Kirk is on a spy mission before Renei reveals the Originalists' candidate: Harry Mudd!

Over Kirk and Scott's transparent fury, Mudd explains that after serving his time, he turned to the political arena. After all, what is a politician if not a business man? After an insult towards Mudd's android assistant Celia, Kirk and Scott turn to Renei to confirm she's being serious with them. The Andorian confirms that she and her movement stand behind Mudd, despite his lack of political experience, banking on his charisma.

In their guest quarters, Kirk reveals that he'd assumed Shaw was overreacting but he is now readily convinced of the Originalist threat. And even on the off-chance that Mudd isn't a puppet ruler, he's too dangerous to be allowed any sort of power. Remembering that Celia has been handling campaign finances, Scott set out after her, hoping to enact some clever rewiring, but is backhanded away once he gets too close.

Celia then makes her way to Mudd's office, just in time to see Gary Seven, healed of all the injuries Kirk inflicted on him, materialize, having a few questions for the would-be president.



Arex Na EthBright EyesCeliaIsisJames T. KirkHarry MuddReneiMontgomery ScottGary SevenAreel ShawSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura
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Thomas Wolfe

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class)


Andor (city)Andoria
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Alfa 177 canine

States and organizations

OriginalistsUnited Federation of Planets

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Related stories

previous comic:
Year Five, Issue 14
The Original Series (Year Five) next comic:
Year Five, Issue 16


Media featuring Harry Mudd
Episodes "Mudd's Women" • "I, Mudd" • "Mudd's Passion" • "Choose Your Pain" • "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" • "The Escape Artist"
Miniseries The Return of MuddThe Return of Harry Mudd
Novels and collections Mudd's AngelsMudd's EnterpriseMudd in Your EyeThe Light Fantastic
Short stories "The Business, As Usual, During Altercations" • "A Sucker Born" • "Dilithium Is a Girl's Best Friend"
RPGs and Video games 25th Anniversary25th Anniversary (NES)Starfleet Academy (game)Through a Glass, Darkly mTrexelsStar Trek TimelinesFleet Command
Comics "Operation Con Game" • "It's a Living" • "When You Wish Upon a Star...!" • "Mudd's Magic!" • "Mission: Muddled" • "The Sky Above...The Mudd Below" • "Target: Mudd!" • "Made Out of Mudd" • "The Survival Equation" • Discovery - Succession, Issue 1 mYear Five, Issue 15Year Five, Issue 16
m : Mirror universe
Star Trek: The Original SeriesYear Five
Omnibuses/Issues Odyssey's End 123456
The Wine-Dark Deep 789101112
Weaker Than Man 13141516171819
Experienced in Loss 202122232425Captains of Sea and War
Creators Brandon EastonJackson LanzingCollin KellyJody HouserJim McCann
Cover artists Greg HildebrandtStephen ThompsonCharlie KirchoffJ.J. LendlMarc Laming

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