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KIRK vs. KIRK! A duel to save the Universe from OBLIVION!

Background information

  • This story would be reprinted in Enterprise Log 4 and a later reprint of that volume from the Star Trek: The Key Collection series.
  • The plot of this story bears an uncanny resemblance to TNG: "Time Squared". The only difference is, in order for the ship to escape the infinity loop in this comic, it was important for Kirk to not kill his duplicate from the previous loop, this is the "choice" referred to by the title.
  • This was released by Whitman in a combination issue with "The Evictors".


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Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in Gold Key TOS characters.

Regular and recurring

James T. Kirk
Enterprise captain.
Vulcan Enterprise exec and science officer.
Leonard McCoy
Enterprise chief medical officer.
Montgomery Scott
Enterprise chief engineer.
Hikaru Sulu
Enterprise helmsman.
Enterprise communications officer.
Pavel Chekov
Enterprise tactical officer. Chekov's name is misspelled "Chekhov" in this issue.


Kirk's duplicate
Kirk's duplicate comes from a parallel dimension where Starfleet command division officers wear purple tunics and orange pants.
Lt. in the operations division who was a member of the Enterprise crew. Nova discovers that, at the universe's origin point, she has the ability to power her EV pod with her mind. Spock orders the crew to tap this ability, using Nova as a conduit, for every Enterprise crewmember to use their force of will to propel the ship from the void.


big bang
Theory of universal creation from a single primal atom-point.
extravehicular repair pod
Auxiliary craft launched from the Enterprise.
A resort planet where the Enterprise took a two week leave.
multiverse corollary
Theory of quantum physics dealing with encountering other universes at the originating point of another.
Form of astronomy dealing with evidence of universal creation. Scientists had identified radiation indicating the origination of stars, clouds and quasars that formed the comets, planets and moons where familiar lifeforms developed
Quadrant Mark I
Unexplored section of space.


The Enterprise leaves Lado bound for Quadrant Mark I.
20 billion years from now
The universe predicted to expend itself, collapsing back into its constituent primal atom.

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