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Year Four, Issue 1 was the first of a six-part comic book miniseries written by David Tischman and published by IDW Publishing in 2007. The story took place during the fourth year of the five-year mission of Captain James T. Kirk aboard the USS Enterprise.

Publisher's description

Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise discover the Strand, the multi-planet construct of a dead civilization, run by a brilliant genetic scientist who's obsessed with repopulating it. When Kirk discovers the scientist's secret, his creations revolt, forcing Kirk to make a hard decision and pushing the Enterprise into the crossfire!


Captain's log, stardate 6314.9. The Enterprise has encountered a planetary mass of immense size. High levels of radiation, toxic pollutants, and climatic devastation have made all but one of the planets uninhabitable… We are beaming down to investigate.

The landing party met Doctor Othello Beck, a renowned geneticist who spent 12 years finding an advanced genetic engineering laboratory on The Strand after hearing about it on Bajor. Using purchased genetic samples, he'd created a variety of B'Nai genetic hybrids, including one which looked like a werewolf that killed security officer Alonzo. His goal was to cure his Vulcan wife's Logan's disease.

Distraught upon discovering this secret, the B'Nai launched nuclear missiles at the Enterprise and detained the landing party. Beck then destroyed his creations and committed suicide.




James T. KirkPavel ChekovShiboline M'RessArex Na EthLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura


AlonzoOthello BeckOthello Beck's wifeUna • unnamed B'Nai

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class)


The Strand
Referenced only
BajorBajoran Medical InstituteEarth

Races and cultures


States and organizations

Federation StarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technology

communicatorgenegeneticslasermissilenuclear bombphaserradiation

Ranks and titles

captaindoctorscience officerchief medical officer

Other references

2210224122502252Centauri shinglesLogan's diseasePhlox Prizeplanetsun plague



  • This is the first issue of the first series of TOS comics by IDW.
  • No individual title was given for this issue.
  • This comic is available in three covers, two of equal availability; one by Steve Conley and one by Joe Corroney, and the third of more limited availability, a sketch version of the Corroney cover.
  • The stardate given for the Editor's Log on the letters page of issue is 60843.2 which, like previous editorial content in the letters pages of the The Space Between miniseries, would place it in 2383. This issue's letters-page does not actually feature any letters, just an introduction to the new miniseries by the editor, and an advertisement from the next issue.
  • The inhabitants of The Strand were armed with weapons which looked a lot like laser pistols.

Related Stories



published order
Previous comic:
Focus on... Star Trek
Captain's Personal Log
TOS comics
Year Four
Next comic:
Year Four, Issue 2
Previous comic:
Captain's Personal Log
Comics by:
David Tischman
Next comic:
Year Four, Issue 2
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Planet of Judgment
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Year Four, Issue 2
Previous Adventure:
Planet of Judgment
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
Year Four, Issue 2

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