Quote Originally Posted by Mantine View Post
Which pretty clearly states how anything can be explained some way or the other, but that doesn't automatically make it believable and plausible?
Again, having a sound explanation for something, by definition, makes it plausible. If it was orc sign language, a pure contrivance of plot convenience, I would be agreeing with you. But it is not. It is a concrete reference to something that exists both in the OOTSverse and RL.

Quote Originally Posted by Mantine View Post
Tl;dr What do I care if it's "adequately explained by the comic itself"?
You could give me Xykon blasted to bits by the Enterprise and spend one month's worth of strips to explain how Kirk got there... but that doesn't mean I would buy it.
Which is why I said believable is subjective. You can choose to believe something regardless of the amount of evidence for or against it.