Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #16
Marvel/Paramount Comics (March, 1998)
“T’Prell Revealed” finale: “The Fall”
WRITER: Chris Cooper
PENCILER: Chris Renaud
INKER: Andy Lanning
COLORIST: Kevin Somers
LETTERER: Jim Novak
EDITOR: Bobbie Chase
T’Prell fights Selke for control of her own mind, even working against her and Thokol’s plans. This includes protecting Edam as a study animal rather than vivisected. When Omega Squadron and their new friends come to rescue him he sees the fight and both sides may be seeking freedom. Thokol manages to halt their escape but ends up showing his true colors as the others (though after what was done to him Matt needs convincing) try to reach their friend and the woman who houses her. They finally manage to escape thanks to a plan by Nog, Selke and T’Prell’s joint actions, the Unification resistance, and the USS Sagan, as Boothby had convinced Brand that Nog and Yoshi might be on to something.
What they got right: This was such a good end to this storyline, with some promise down the road given T’Prell and Selke’s situation. The drama comes from the character moments with just enough action to keep the story interesting. In the end this really felt like a Star Trek story.
What they got wrong: I wish they had found a way to recover T’Prell’s body. It’s preserved but dead, so it’s not like they could put her back in like they did with Spock, but leaving her with the now messed up Thokol doesn’t seem right even if he isn’t doing anything more than fawning over his “failed project”.
What I think overall: Like I said, this was a great end to this storyline. This is what I’m looking for in this franchise and probably the best issue of the sadly short-lived series.