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Series: Early Voyages, No. 4
Writer(s): Dan Abnett & Ian Edgington
Penciler(s): Patrick Zircher
Inker(s): Greg Adams
Colorist(s): Marie Javins
Letterer(s): Janice Chiang
Publication information
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Published: May 1997
Pages: 40, 22 of which are story
Date: 2254

Captain Pike... Caged!



On her second day aboard the Enterprise she was kidnapped by aliens, volunteering to rescue her Captain she finds herself in captivity. Yeoman Mia Colt witnesses as Captain Pike tries to resist, and listens as Vina explains the ways of the Talosians.

Colt arrives on the Enterprise as the ships dead are prepared to leave

A day earlier an eager Colt arrives on the Enterprise, but her mood is quickly brought down as Number One gives her a far from warm welcome. The Enterprise mourns for Dermot Cusack, Colt's deceased predecessor.

In sickbay, Yeoman Colt, reporting for her medical, overhears Pike and Doctor Boyce talking about recent events and the strain they have taken on Pike. After the Captain leaves, Colt witnesses strange behaviour in the Doctor who asks her to come back for her medical later.

Back in the Talosian menagerie Colt is fearful of Captain Pike's violent behaviour, him working hard to block out the Talosians. She tries to help but is hindered by Vina, herself keen to gain the Captain's attention.

At Dermot Cusack's eulogy, Colt feels an outsider, the only kind words coming from another outcast, Nano, who gives her a genial welcome. Their conversation on the potential positive outcomes of the Rigel VII incident gathers some hostile attention from those around, including an agitated Captain Pike, the two exchange barbs, and Colt departs in tears, Pike realising his mistake to the innocent newcomer only as she departs.

Pike and Colt get to know each other

At Starfleet Academy, a Talosion illusion, Colt confronts an old love, long lost to the Tholians at Kakrafoon. Colt brings herself back to the real world and she and Captain Pike reconcile as they gain a greater understanding of each other.

Later that night… As the Talosian keeper attempts to remove the groups laser pistols Pike strikes with all his primitive emotions, forcing the Talosians to drop their deceptive images as they make their way to the surface. Resorting to threats of suicide, the Talosians allow them to leave.

On the Enterprise, Colt watches as Talos IV disappears behind them; the incident has made her part of the family, and she heads off with Number One for a cup of coffee.


Starfleet Academy


Phillip BoyceAlex DumantMia ColtMoves-With-Burning-GraceSita MohindasNanoChristopher PikeNumber OneSpockJosé TylerVina
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Robert AprilDermot Cusack

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Balboa (Class F shuttlecraft)
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USS Crazy HorseUSS HawkingUSS SavannahUSS Tiberius


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KakrafoonRigel VIIVega colony

Races and cultures

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States and organisations

Federation Starfleet


CoffeeDemerara sugarGravity weightsGymLaser cannonLaser pistol


  • The issue takes place in the timeframe of "The Cage", the TOS pilot episode which inspired the Early Voyages series. This is also the first appearance of Mia Colt in the series.
  • This issue contains a sketch gallery by Patrick Zircher, showing how he honed the look for the Early Voyages characters. Interestingly the sketches include Nils Pitcairn who only appeared in the first issue and Garrison, who didn't appear in any Early Voyages issues.
  • The flashback to Colt in the Academy establishes she served under Robert April on the USS Tiberius. Given he transferred to the Enterprise in 2243 she must have completed her Academy course by then, assuming she served on the Tiberius towards the end of April's captaincy and enrolled in Starfleet as soon as possible, this would make Colt's birth year approximately 2221, making her 31 by the time of Star Trek: Early Voyages.
  • Amongst the 16 pages of adverts in this comic is one page advertises subscriptions to Marvel's comic, highlighting Star Trek comics with an image of the USS Voyager.

Related stories

  • The Cage (TOS episode) - Takes place within the events of this episode showing them from Mia Colt's point of view.
  • Our Dearest Blood (EV comic) - Takes place immediatly after this issue, with the Enterprise taking the wounded from Rigel VII to Vega colony.
  • Flesh of My Flesh (EV comic) - Doctor Boyce reflects concerns that Captain Pike hasn't recovered from his encounter with the Ngultor in this issue.
  • Immortal Wounds (EV comic) - The strange behaviour of Doctor Boyce witnessed by Mia Colt is explained in this issue.
Stories featuring Christopher Pike
Comics Early Voyages "Flesh of My Flesh" • "The Fires of Pharos" • "Our Dearest Blood" • "Nor Iron Bars a Cage" • "Cloak and Dagger" • "The Flat, Gold Forever" • "Immortal Wounds" • "One of a Kind" • "The Fallen" • "Futures, Part One" • "Future Tense" • "Futures" • "Now and Then" • "Thanatos" • "Nemesis"
other "All Those Years Ago..." • "To Walk the Night" • "Door in the Cage" • "Return to the Forbidden Planet" • "A Prelude to War" • "Alien Spotlight: Vulcans" • "Alien Spotlight: Orions" • "Mirror Images, Issue 1" • "Mirror Images, Issue 2" • "Mirror Images, Issue 4" • "Mirror Images, Issue 5" • "Shadows of the Past" • "The Ends of Eternity" • "Spock: Reflections, Issue 2"
Novels Enterprise: The First AdventureVulcan's GloryLegacyThe RiftWhere Sea Meets SkyBurning Dreams • "A Less Perfect Union" • The Children of Kings
Short stories "Conflicting Natures" • "A Private Anecdote" • "Sins of the Mother" • "The Greater Good"
Episodes "The Cage" • "The Menagerie" Movie Star Trek


published order
Previous comic:
Our Dearest Blood
EV comics Next comic:
Cloak and Dagger
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Our Dearest Blood
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
The Cage
Previous Adventure:
Our Dearest Blood
The Early Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Next Adventure:
The Cage
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2254.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
Star Trek
Chapter 3 (sections 1-3)
Next Adventure:
The Final Reflection
Part Three


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