Here's one that just hit me as I was scanning the bookshelves... Kirk investigates when members of his crew are found brutally murdered in various parts of the ship. Each of the deaths seems bizarrely pre-meditated and centered thematically around some incident from their past. Checking their histories, Spock finds that the slain crewmen are aboard the Enterprise under assumed identities. Each is a wanted criminal in hiding from whatever force is slaying them. Evidently someone or something has found them and is exacting vengeance. There are only two criminals left and it's Kirk's unfortunate duty to protect these stowaways from whatever it is that is trying to kill them.
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A shuttle arrives from a nearby Starbase with a security man aboard who has been ordered to take command of the investigation, Commodore Jim Corrigan. Spock is unable to corroborate many of the elements from his story as well, and Kirk is not about to hand his prisoners over to someone who could potentially be their executioner. Conflict ensues and the Spectre manifests, demanding complete control of the ship to take these creatures of evil to the place of their original crime, a burned-out colony on a far-off world, where he will mete out judgement in accordance with their sins.
"On what authority?" Kirk wants to know.
To which the Spectre responds that his is the Ultimate Authority, that of the Maker of All Things himself. He will take the ship and the lives of these scurrilous thugs.
Prompting Kirk to ask, "What does God's right-hand man need with a spaceship?"
Written by Michael Fleisher and illustrated by Jim Aparo.
Edited by Brian Hague on 16 November 2018 at 12:03am