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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Star Trek: Khan (Part 3) "Khan" Part 3
Star Trek: Khan #3
Written by: Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Robert Orci
Pencils and Inks (present day): David Messina
Pencils (flashback): Claudia Balboni and Luca Lamberti
Cover A by: Paul Shipper
December 2013


Khan relates the time of the Eugenics Wars and the retreat from Earth of he and his followers aboard the Botany Bay.


Read the story summary at Memory Beta


Didja Know?


Star Trek: Khan was a 5-issue mini-series published by IDW.


Didja Notice?


The Shipper cover features a portrait of Khan and a smaller image of the S.S. Botany Bay launching from Earth for its voyage into deep space. The lift-off image is based on one that appeared in the second edition of the Star Trek Chronology.


Page 6, panel 1 depicts the ancient Colosseum of Rome, which began construction in 70 AD.


Page 14 depicts actual views of the cities mentioned: the island city of Sentosa (Singapore), Bangkok (Thailand), Hong Kong (China), and Sydney (Australia).


On page 14, Khan warns Maltuvis that, by attacking the seemingly peaceful Khanate, he has awakened a sleeping giant. This is a paraphrasing of the quote attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto in regards to the attack on the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during WWII, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." Many attribute the quote by Yamamoto as apocryphal, though it does, more-or-less, sum up his feelings after the attack had occurred.


The story reveals that China developed a bioweapon that worked against the Augments' own unique genetics, killing most of them and driving Khan and his followers into space.


On page 18, Khan's capital appears to be the Secretariat Building in New Delhi, India.


On page 20, panel 1, the overhead view is that of Botany Bay, in New South Wales, Australia. A similar view is seen on page 22. Botany Bay was England's choice for a penal colony on the Australian continent in the late 18th Century, and has remained synonymous as such, despite the fact that Governor Arthur Phillip found Botany Bay unsuitable for the survival of such a colony and instead located it to the north at Sydney Cove. Khan chooses to name his followers' sleeper vessel the S.S. Botany Bay after the legendary penal colony.


On page 21, Khan states that only 85 sleepers were aboard the Botany Bay. This conforms to the number implied found in the vessel in the original series episode "Space Seed".


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