Having made his decision to support Chancellor Gorkon’s proposal to seek Federation help, Kahnrah finds himself hunted in the mean streets of the First City. Armed with his mek’leth, he eludes four assassins and encounters his granddaughter. For a moment he believes K’ahlynn will help, but discovers that she is opposed to begging for help from humans. In the end, blood does tell, and Kahnrah must kill K’ahlynn. In the council chamber, Kahnrah casts his vote for change and for survival.
The Brothers Tipton finish off their mini-series in grand style worthy of Klingon opera. After setting up the relationship between Kahnrah and his granddaughter in the first four issues, it was inevitable that there would be a bloody conflict, and I wasn’t disappointed. Assassins, edged weapons, commuter train crashes, and a fight to the death. The Tiptons created a summer blockbuster, not just a comic.
The events of this issue immediately precede Chancellor Gorkon’s negotiations with the Federation in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. General Chang also makes a very brief appearance in the final chapter. Kahnrah is a thoughtful sort of Star Trek character that we seldom see in comics and I found his framing story and the retelling of well-known original series events, from the Klingon point of view, enormously entertaining.
Artist David Messina maintained a consistent look throughout the mini-series, mixing dynamic action panels with fierce portraits of the principal characters. Elena Casagrande is credited with art assists in this and other issues of the mini-series. If I could read Italian, I’d learn more about these artists, who regularly blog about their work in their native language. Ms. Casagrande’s blog seems to belong to an artist named Lara West. Does she use a pseudonym? I seem to have misplaced my universal translator. I guess I’ll have to find an Italian/English dictionary.
Joe Corroney complemented David Messina’s covers with sensational photorealistic likenesses of original series Klingons. Unfortunately, some of these covers are only available as retailer incentives. If you get the opportunity to buy one, don’t hesitate. Blood Will Tell #5 has three covers. If you don’t like to buy comics, a trade paperback collection of Blood Will Tell is scheduled for November publication. I’m sure it will include all of the variant covers.
Star Trek: Klingons — Blood Will Tell #5
Written by: Scott Tipton and David Tipton
Art by: David Messina with an assist by Elena Casagrande
Cover art by: David Messina and Joe Corroney
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Mark Martinez is an obsessive-compulsive Star Trek comics reader and collector. He also reads the occasional Star Trek novel and wonders why they don’t have any pictures. You can visit his website, the Star Trek Comics Checklist for more than you ever needed to know about Star Trek comics.