Star Trek Confirms the One Species Even Vulcans Find Impressive

Warning: contains spoilers for Star Trek #1!A new Star Trek comic has confirmed the one species even the Vulcans find impressive. Although the Vulcans are peaceful and benevolent, they tend to take a somewhat dim view of other species, humans in particular. Yet in Star Trek #1, from IDW Publishing, fans meet the one species that has impressed the stoic Vulcans–and it is the last one fans would expect. The issue is on sale now in print and digital.

Despite their reputation for logic and lack of emotion, this was not always the case for Vulcans. The planet’s ancient past was littered with continuous wars and blood feuds, so much that it threatened to destroy them. Into this came the philosopher Surak, who preached a message of logic and turning away from the destructive passions and emotions that were about to destroy them. Surak’s message took hold, and the Vulcan people embraced a new path, one that led to them becoming one of the galaxy’s most respected species–even if the Vulcans did not always return the respect in kind. The Vulcans were the first race humans met after discovering warp drive, and the relationship between the two has been tempestuous ever since. Throughout Star Trek: Enterprise’s run, fans learned the Vulcans did not think highly of their other galactic neighbors, namely the Andorians. It takes a lot to impress a Vulcan, but a most unlikely species does just that.

A powerful force is killing god-like beings across the Star Trek universe, and the Prophets have sent Captain Ben Sisko back to our plane of existence to find out the culprit. Among the crew Starfleet assembles to assist Sisko is a young Vulcan named T’Lir. Sisko’s intuition tells him to head to the Hephaestus Nebula, where they find numerous Crystaline Entities. These giant creatures resemble snowflakes in terms of structure–a structure that T’Lir is in awe of. Ensign Sato asks if he is OK; T’Lir tells her the creatures: “are symmetrical down to the quanta. A fractal tessellation that extends into each conceivable dimension.” T’Lir then apologizes for showing a slight trace of emotion, but concludes the Entities are “perfect.” Unfortunately T’Lir does not get a further chance to fawn over the Entities, as they are soon destroyed. The issue is written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, illustrated by Ramon Rosanas, colored by Lee Loughridge and lettered by Clayton Cowles.

Vulcans are Hard to Impress, But Admire The Crystaline Entities.

It takes a great deal to impress a Vulcan, and it seems most species tend to fall short, except for the Crystaline Entities–who are ironically capable of destroying whole worlds. This issue depicts the Entities in a somewhat more sympathetic light, showing them as simply being beyond the comprehension of lesser life forms. T’Lir describes the Entities as existing in multiple dimensions as well as having symmetry that extended to the subatomic level, and it is this intricacy that impresses T’Lir. The Vulcans hold many other species in disdain, and as seen here, it takes one that exists at a higher state of being to make an impression. If god-like creatures such as the Crystaline Entities are what it takes to move a Vulcan, then it shows how high an opinion the Vulcans have of themselves.

The Vulcans are one of the cornerstone species of the Star Trek universe, known by fans for their logical nature. This embrace of total logic, and the shedding of “barbaric” emotions, has led to the Vulcans looking down on more emotional species. Yet in the new Star Trek #1, readers meet the one species even the Vulcans are impressed by.

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