Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #5
Marvel/Paramount Comics (April, 1997)
“Love And Death”
WRITER: Chris Cooper
PENCILER: Chris Renaud
INKER: Andy Lanning
COLORIST: Kevin Somers
LETTERER: Jim Novak
EDITOR: Bobbie Chase
Kovold and Pasha share an intimate moment but it’s part of a ruse to steal First Cadre’s weapons. However, B’Essa’Al sees this and wanting Kovold for herself plots a bit of payback. She gets her chance when the Klingon cadets attack Omega Squadron. Wanting to stop any bloodshed from happening Pava invokes a right of single combat, which Murg uses to further antagonize Kovold. B’Essa’Al also sees this as a way to make her intended kill her rival for her but Kamilah takes up the battle instead, hoping to convince the Klingons to stop fighting. She doesn’t count on Kovold’s battlelust and when Matt tries to warn her Murg spits his microdagger into his eye, distracting him long enough for Kovold to kill Kamilah. Matt swears payback just as the rescue ships arrive. It seems the bad future, where the Klingons and Federation are at war and Kamilah isn’t an ambassador with a young daughter is the most likely one.
What they got right: The story is trying to sell the idea that this is a turning point not just for these two groups but the future of the Federation/Klingon alliance. It does so quite well. The battle is well drawn and the characters involved well written. There’s also a huge foreshadowing for T’Prell’s personal storyline.
What they got wrong: It feels like this story came a bit too early. In five issues we know just enough about Kamilah Goldstein to make her death sting but not enough to have the right impact. Maybe the writer would disagree and couldn’t think of anything but I think more could have been done with her as someone seeking the peaceful solution and being the leader of Omega Squadron.
Recommendation: Overall a good two-parter. Worth looking into.