Star Trek: Untold Voyages #2
Marvel/Paramount Comics (April, 1998)
“Worlds Collide” (I think this is generic title #8)
WRITER: Glenn Greenberg
PENCILER: Michael Collins
INKER: Keith Williams
COLORIST: Matt Webb
LETTERER: Chris Eliopoulos
EDITOR: Tom Tuohy
The Enterprise is investigating a newly-discovered planet that is about to go the way of the dinosaurs, complete with a dino-sized species on it. Kirk and McCoy debate about the Prime Directive and not saving the planet from an asteroid, but it turns out the not-dinos have the problem in hand. Meanwhile, Spock is called to Earth because young Saavik, a survivor of a colony where Romulans were doing forced experiments into Vulcan/Romulan hybrids (it was not successful and thus abandoned), is one of the few kids not adjusting to Vulcan teachings among those who opted to try. After a long discussion Spock decides to bring her to his own parents, who better know how to deal with logical versus emotional upbringings. (According to current canon they’ve had enough tries.)
What they got right: I like how the morals discussion gets hit with an extra perspective when the locals are able to solve the issue for them. There are also some fun moments. Spock and Saavik’s plot is also interesting, with the theme that not every path is right for everyone if you admire them.
What they got wrong: I was going to be generous and say Saavik here is about 12 but the Star Trek fan wiki puts her at 11 by doing the math. (Each issue takes place a year after the first.) Doing the math she should be closer to 14 to reach the proper age for Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. Also, I want to see the story of how Spock met Saavik. The “plot” sounds interesting.
Other notes: Speaking of which comes this piece of trivia from the wiki: “Paramount asked writer Glenn Greenberg to not refer to or follow any previous novels or comic book stories when writing the series, even suggesting that he create a new origin for Saavik and make her a full Vulcan, instead of the half-Romulan suggested by the novelization of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. [Link to the comment, made over at Siskoid’s Blog Of Geekery] Greenberg ultimately decided to remain faithful to Saavik’s previously established origin.” I think he made the right call. It makes her stand out over Spock and other Vulcan characters in the franchise.
Recommendation: This was a really good issue. I recommend it to fans of the show.