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Series: Early Voyages, No. 3
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: April 1997
Pages: 40, 22 of which are story
Date: 2254
Stardate: 2385.7 - 2385.8

The battle on Rigel VII!



The Rigellian Festival of Light

On Rigel VII, Captain Pike, Doctor Boyce and Yeoman Cusack enjoy the Rigellian Festival of Light whilst awaiting the arrival of the Rigellian minister Etashnan. After a discussion about the forthcoming ratification ceremony for Rigel VII’s admission into the United Federation of Planets and the necessary changes in Rigellian society for the planet’s joining Captain Pike departs with the minister's aide Talza to visit the Zemtar fortress, the location for the ceremony.

On the Enterprise upon receiving the all clear from Yoeman Cusack many of the crew, including Nano, Sita Mohindas and Spock make there way to the transporter rooms to enjoy some shore leave on Rigel.

Approaching the Zemtar fortress Pike and Talza discuss Rigel, its history and culture and what joining the Federation might mean to the planet. On the cliffs above a Kaylar, a member of Rigel’s soon to be disbanded warrior elite stalks the pair…

In a Rigellian bar Dermot Cusack keep spirits high leading a master class in the art of making the perfect Sundowner, dubbing it a Kaylar Kalamity.

Pike's Kaylar friend

At the Zemtar fortress Pike attempts to contact the Enterprise, but cannot get through and soon finds himself confronted by rather agitated Kaylar.

In the Enterprise’s observation lounge a contemplative Number One is joined by Moves-With-Burning-Grace to engage in a spot of stargazing when her communicator beeps; Lieutenant Tyler informs her contact has been lost with all surface personal.

..Below Cusack and Mohindas also note the communications blackout and as another Enterprise crewman asks a Kaylar if he might know what’s going on the human is struck down by the warrior’s blade. Spock blocks one swing of a Kaylar’s club only to find himself thrown across the room. Nano responds using his pyrotechnic abilities to repel the Rigellians and the Enterprise crew make a run for their lives.

In the Zemtar fortress Pike keeps his own attacking Kaylar busy affording Talza the opportunity to escape.

As the Kaylar rampage through the city the Enterprise survivors stay out of site. Nano manages to recalibrate his communicator to track the jamming signal and Cusack leaves to locate the transmitter and shut it down. He finds in the midst of the Rigellian Parliamentary Assembly building.

In the Zemtar fortress Pike manages to evade the Kaylar and as the warrior jumps down to attack uses a Pike to spear him.

At the transmitter Cusack disables the transmitter and gets through to the Enterprise but is then stabbed in the back by a vengeful Talza.

Meanwhile, Pike pinned down by his fallen attacker and a new trio of Rigellian warriors is rescued by Tyler and a landing party from the Enterprise. Upon returning to his ship the picture soon became clear. Rigellian extremists resentful of the Federation forcing changes in Rigellian society organised the coup, the situation is brought under control, but the event cost Rigel its Federation membership and the lives of three of the Enterprise’s crew… including Dermot Cusack.


The USS Enterprise over Rigel VII


Phillip BoyceGabrielle CarlottiDermot CusackEtashnanMoves-With-Burning-GraceSita MohindasNanoNumber OneChristopher PikeSpockTalzaJosé Tyler

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class)


Rigel VII - Rigellian Parliamentary AssemblyZemtar fortress

Races and cultures


States and organisations

Federation StarfleetUnited Federation of Planets


Chitin • Dress uniform • Lathian spiritHonguaObservation loungePyrotechnicRigellian Festival of LightSalurian rumShore leaveSundowner


  • Amongst the 18 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. Another page advertises toys produced by Playmates to tie in with the film Star Trek: First Contact.


"Add a finger of Salurian rum, before the Hongua - preferably Arcturan - then a measure of Lathian spirit, a jiggle of bitter, and Bob's your uncle! The perfect Sundowner. I call it a Kaylar Kalamity."
"Intriguing, yet I fail to see what having a relative named Robert adds to the beverage."

- Spock analysing Dermot Cusack's Sundowner recipe.

Related stories

  • Dr Boyce's internal striffe - This comic is the first to depict Dr Boyce's apparent schizophrenia, this occurs again in Nor Iron Bars a Cage and the story is concluded in Immortal Wounds.
  • The Cage (TOS episode) - The events on Rigel VII were mentioned in The Cage when the Enterprise was diverted from taking it's wounded to Vega colony to render aid of Talos IV. The same events were then used by the Talosians in their mental illusions.
  • Nor Iron Bars a Cage (EV comic) - Set concurrently with The Cage with numerous references to the Rigel VII incident.
  • Flesh of My Flesh (EV comic) - Doctor Boyce expresses concern that Captain Pike still hasn't fully recovered from his ordeal with the Ngultor from 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:
The Fires of Pharos
EV comics Next comic:
Nor Iron Bars a Cage
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Fires of Pharos
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Nor Iron Bars a Cage
Previous Adventure:
The Fires of Pharos
The Early Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Next Adventure:
Nor Iron Bars a Cage


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