T’Pring isn’t the only one challenging for Spock’s hand.

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.


About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

One response »

  1. Sean says:

    The concept of pre-enlightenment Vulcans is definitely fascinating. Also, thank you for the link for info on the sehlat. It really does look like a bear. Plus, that link reminded me of the Star Trek cartoon from the 1970s. That’s another example of a great cartoon that Filmation created.


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