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The new voyages."Choices!" was the 37th issue of DC Comics' 1984 series of Star Trek comics.

Summary

Following the test flight of the Enterprise-A, the crew considers the ramifications of beginning a new mission after the loss of their original starship. Meanwhile, a religious zealot sabotages the Enterprise-A, giving Spock the first test of his problem solving skills following his rehabilitation on Vulcan.

Log entries

Captain's log, stardate 8925.2
I've never really believed in ghosts… until now. But after seeing the newly commissioned, newly refurbished USS Enterprise floating there in spacedock, a virtual duplicate of the precious starship destroyed by my own hand just a few months ago, I'm willing to believe in anything—including miracles! The ship's refitting will be complete within hours, and the Enterprise will be ready to carry me back where I belong—but who, I wonder, will be with me this time, when I go… We've been through so much together, my crew and I—so much joy—so much pain—! They stuck beside me when I needed it most, through the death and rebirth of my good friend Spock—through a court martial that could have cost them all their careers—! And yet, I was the only one who suffered for our actions—reduced in rank, relieved of my supervisory duties, and reassigned command of a starship! Starfleet Command believes that, by taking these actions, they have punished me! They really did reward my efforts! I really am where I belong! It still seems strange, to be called only captain again, after so many years as an admiral—and yet, it seems so right.
Spock's personal log, stardate 8925.2
Not even the soothing tones of my harp can bring me solace today. There is too much on my mind—too many questions cry for answers… Though I was excluded from the court-martial, I chose to stand beside my friends—and share their eventual fate. As an honorable man, I could do no less—since all their actions were on my behalf. Thus, I have been reassigned as science officer aboard the Enterprise, a position I know better than any other—and yet, I wonder if I have made the right choice. On Vulcan, they repaired my mind—but am I fully restored? And, if not, do I truly belong here?

References

Characters

ArexWilliam BearclawNancy BrycePavel ChekovJames T. KirkKonomLeonard McCoyMaria MorelliM'RessMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed Humans (zealot saboteur, loading workers) • USS Enterprise-A personnel unnamed USS Enterprise-A personnel (engineers)

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise-A (Enterprise-class refit Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Travel Pod 5 (travel pod)
Referenced only
USS Enterprise (Enterprise-class refit Constitution-class heavy cruiser)

Locations

Planets and planetoids

Earth (Sol star system, sector 001, subquadrant 0, the galaxy's Alpha Quadrant)
Referenced only
Centaurus (Alpha Centauri, Beta Quadrant) • Vulcan (Vulcan system, Beta Quadrant)

Stations and outposts

San Francisco Fleet Yards Orbital Drydock

Shipboard locations

USS Enterprise-A
bridgeengineeringquarters (Spock's, Uhura's) • sickbay

Station locations

Orbital Drydock
lounge

Planetary locales

Earth
Japan

Races and cultures

CaitianEdoan/TriexianHumanKlingonVulcan

States and organizations

FederationStarfleetStarfleet Command

Ranks and titles

admiralcaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerdoctorengineerensignFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2270s-2350s)first officerhelmsmanlieutenantnavigatorscience officersecurity chieftactical officer

Science and classification

astronomycommunicationslifeformmattertechnologytime

Astronomy

planetspacestarstar system

Communications

captain's logengineer's logmedical logpersonal log

Lifeforms

humanoid

Materials and substances

antimatteratmospherebloodgas
food and drink
mint julep

Measurement

dayhourmonthstardateyear

Technology and weapons

drydockmatter-antimatter matrixspacedockstarshipwarp drive
musical instruments
ka'athyra

Other references

chessclothingcourt martialdeathdemonemotionghost (spirit)godlog entrylogicProject Genesisraces and culturesrankrefitreligionship commissioningStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2278-2350s)three-dimensional chesstitleuniformrankinsigniaStarfleet insignia

Chronology

stardate 8925.2, 2286 (2280s chronology, Enterprise-A voyages)
Enterprise leaves drydock.

Appendices

Related media

Background

  • This issue comprises something of a reboot of the series after the continuity-fixing The Doomsday Bug! story arc and the changes introduced in TOS movie, novelization & comic adaptation: The Voyage Home.
  • Saavik's departure was documented in The Voyage Home, and supporting cast member Morelli leaves as of her appearance in this issue. The rest of the early issue supporting cast would return, with Konom, Bryce and Bearclaw shown to return here, and Elizabeth Sherwood turning up a few issues later.
  • Also added to the cast, as of this issue, were TAS supporting cast M'Ress and Arex.
  • The first voyage of the USS Enterprise-A from the last scene of The Voyage Home is tied in to this issue. However, that comic shows the Enterprise-A leaves spacedock and head out at warp speed, while this comic shows the ship in a drydock.
  • The front cover shows a Bill Wray painting with a fanciful perspective angle of the Starfleet insignia, and the tagline "THE NEW VOYAGES", which was also the name of a subseries of Bantam Books novels (The New Voyages and The New Voyages 2). The tagline was not used again in continuations after this installment.
  • Although a new mission began in this story, the editors would have the next issue slated for a flashback story to the five-year mission, "The Argon Affair!".

Images

Timeline

Published Order
Previous comic:
#36: The Apocalypse Scenario!
The Doomsday Bug
The Original Series
(DC Comics, series 1)
Next comic:
#38: The Argon Affair!
Previous story:
The Apocalypse Scenario!
The Doomsday Bug
Stories by:
Len Wein
Next story:
When You Wish Upon a Star...!
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Debt of Honor
(Pages 1-9, 26-37, 45, 50-92)
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Retrospect

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