Star Trek: Early Voyages #5
Marvel/Paramount Comics (June, 1997)
“Cloak & Dagger”
WRITERS: Dan Abnett & Ian Edginton
PENCILER: Patrick Zircher
INKER: Greg Adams
COLORIST: Marie Javins
LETTERER: Janice Chiang
EDITOR: Bobbie Chase
While investigating the disappearance of the survey ship Cortez, a landing party finds a downed shuttlecraft before being attacked by Vulcans. These Vulcans left during the period where the people were shifting to their more logical ways and still follow the warrior’s path, but some aren’t happy with them returning to the galactic community, especially a group of hardliners who have seized the Cortez and are now using their new superweapon against the Enterprise!
What they got right: The idea of pre-enlightened Vulcans still running around the galaxy is an interesting one to explore, fleshing out that particular period of classic Vulcan lore. I only hope the conclusion is as satisfying. I also like how Mia stands up to the leader of the good (comparatively speaking) faction and earns her respect while Pike stands up to a jerk who might end up being on the hardliner side before this story is done.
What they got wrong: Trying to use lap sehlat in place of lapdog doesn’t make sense. It’s still emulating an expression that may not necessarily exist on another world, just with a different pet animal. Plus the sehlats, as seen in the cartoon, are big bear-like creatures and not a proper “replacement” for the concept of a dog to a foreign culture.
Recommendation: The story is off to a good start and if it has a good finish it will be worth picking up.