Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #5 Love, Betrayal and Death, by Marvel Comics
Five out of five stars
Relations between the Federation and the Klingon Empire are tense, with forces on both sides looking for a fight. When a group of Klingon cadets under a leader looking for combat glory attacks an Omega Squadron training flight, crewmembers of both ships survive the crash landings on the same planet.
The battle does not end there, but in an odd twist, it rekindles an old romance between a young Klingon warrior and a female Andorran Star Fleet cadet. Several years before, the Andorran woman had been an exchange student living and studying on the Klingon home world of Qo’nos. The Ferengi Nog is a member of the Federation team and he proves his worth.
Duplicity and cunning are used by the survivors, for there is the potential for a fight to the death of one group. The battle comes down to one from each side fighting to the death with bat-leths. While there is a conclusion that avoids massive killing and ends the battle, both sides remain unsatisfied.
The action moves from one timeframe to another, introducing some confusion to the reader that has not first examined the earlier four issues in the series. Nevertheless, it is an engaging story of Klingon culture and warrior pride in direct conflict with the ideals of the Federation to kill only as a last resort.