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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Star Trek: Legacy of Spock (Part 1) "Legacy of Spock" Part 1
Star Trek #55
Written by: Mike Johnson
Story Consultant: Roberto Orci
Art by: Tony Shasteen
Colors by: Davide Mastrolonardo
Letters by: Neil Uyetake
Cover by: Tony Shasteen
March 2016

Study last updated 12/3/2020


Spock-Prime begins a journey to find a new home for the Vulcan race.


Story Summary


Immediately after the events of "The Vengeance of Nero", Spock-Prime boards the  U.S.S. Mueller to join other Vulcans in establishing a new Vulcan homeworld on another planet at a convocation of the surviving Vulcans at Regula 1. Aboard the Mueller, he meets this timeline's counterpart of his father, Sarek. The two are pleased to meet each other, but Sarek warns him not to attend the convocation, his reasons vague other than that not all the surviving Vulcans view Spock-Prime with positivity. Sarek's advice is not taken, however, and Spock-Prime proceeds with his plans to meet with them.


On Romulus, Senator Lucian discusses the issue of the few surviving Vulcans with an aide, Vicia. Vicia argues that the Vulcans' sole purpose now will be the destruction of Romulus in vengeance for the loss of Vulcan by the Narada.


At Regula 1, the Vulcan convocation begins, with a potentially promising candidate of an unpopulated habitable planet to become New Vulcan, Ceti Alpha V. Spock-Prime tries to warn the Vulcan Council about this world, but is cut off by the presiding elder, who goes on to state that he has been permitted to attend only so that he may submit to the judgment of the elders. She announces that since he is from an alternate timeline and may even be partially to blame for the series of events that led to the destruction of Vulcan, he has been stripped of citizenship and prohibited from contact with other members of the Vulcan race and considered no longer Vulcan.


On the Klingon prison planet Rura Penthe, a pair of Nero's Romulan followers from the Prime timeline are seen to still be held captive. The pair manage to kill their Klingon interrogator and begin an escape with the purpose that, though Nero may be dead, their mission remains the same.




Notes from the Star Trek chronology


This issue opens in the year 2258, shortly after the destruction of planet Vulcan by the Narada. Though it is implied that the story takes place immediately after the events of the 2009 Star Trek movie (see "The Vengeance of Nero"), it also picks up on the Romulans' possession of the last few molecues of red matter, which were not obtained until some weeks or months later in "Vulcan's Vengeance" Part 2. The red matter goes on to be an important plot point through this 4-part story, so I've placed this story after the events of "Vulcan's Vengeance" Part 2, not after "The Vengeance of Nero".




Characters appearing in this issue




Captain Kirk

Dr. McCoy

Captain of U.S.S. Mueller (unnamed)

Senator Lucian



Vulcan elder (unnamed)
Nero (mentioned only, deceased)

2 former Narada crewmembers (named as Arix and Vella in "Legacy of Spock" Part 3)


Didja Notice?


On page 1, the bridge Spock-Prime contemplates is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, near Starfleet Headquarters.


Spock-Prime's interaction with the younger Spock on pages 3-4 are from the end of the 2009 Star Trek movie (see "The Vengeance of Nero").


On page 5, panel 2, the lettering of the "NCC-1701" on the Enterprise nacelle should be backwards since it is seen in the reflection of the window of Spock-Prime's shuttle.


Spock-Prime boards the U.S.S. Mueller to join other Vulcans in establishing a new Vulcan homeworld on another planet. This is the first appearance of the Mueller in a Star Trek story.


In his discussion with Vicia, the Romulan senator Lucian remarks that only about 27 million Vulcans now exist after the destruction of planet Vulcan. In "The Vengeance of Nero", Spock estimates that no more than 10,000 have survived. No explanation for this discrepancy is given.


Lucian says that the last remaining molecules of red matter used to destroy Vulcan are now in Romulan possession. This occurred in "Vulcan's Vengeance" Part 2. But that story took place some weeks or months after "The Vengeance of Nero", so the Romulans shouldn't have the red matter yet at this point! (See Notes from the Star Trek Chronology above.)


The Vulcan fleet assembles around the barren planet Regula 1. Regula 1 was the site of the space station that was the home of Project Genesis in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. The fleet is seen on page 14 to make use of warp-ring drives, as seen on most Vulcan spacecraft in episodes of ST: Enterprise.


The flagship of the Vulcan fleet is the Forge of Surak. In the ST: Enterprise episode "The Forge", Surak, the father of modern Vulcan civilization, is said to have made a perilous journey across the desert canyon called Vulcan's Forge.


The holographic star map seen at the Vulcan convocation on page 16 has 40 Eridani A prominently featured. This is the primary star of the triple star 40 Eridani system in the real universe and is also said to be the Vulcan system in the Star Trek universe. Also legible on the starmap are the locations of the former planet Vulcan, Starbase 375, the Kalandra Sector, the Bajor Sector, and the location of the loss of U.S.S. Honshu; the last four of these locations were all prominent story points in episodes of ST:DS9.


A possible candidate planet to become New Vulcan is stated to be Ceti Alpha V. In the original timeline, the 20th Century renegade Augments Khan Noonien Singh and his followers were marooned on Ceti Alpha V in the original series episode "Space Seed".


On page 18, Spock-Prime is declared a non-Vulcan by the Vulcan Council.


At the end of this issue, a pair of Nero's Romulan followers from the Prime timeline are seen to still be held captive on the Klingon prison planet Rura Penthe. Nero and his crew were imprisoned on Rura Penthe 25 years ago in "Second Chance" and most of them escaped in 2258 in "Never Bet Against the Romulan". Rura Penthe was also seen in the 1991 film Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country. 


The advertisement for the next issue at the end of this one depicts that issue's cover with a top-down view of the Enterprise saucer, with "U.S.S. ENTERPRISE NCC-1701" painted on the hull in a style similar to that seen on the Enterprise of the original TV series. The actual cover of Star Trek #56 is the same except that the Enterprise name and registration are painted in the style seen in the current film series.
Star Trek #56 adverstisement Star Trek #56 cover
Star Trek #56 advertisement Star Trek #56 cover


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