Blood Will Tell #4 is the latest in IDW’s series of famous Trek stories told from the Klingon point of view. In this case: "Day of the Dove."
K’ahlynn accompanies her grandfather, Kahnrah, to the Museum of Military Triumph and Conquest. They meet Morglar, an old comrade of Kahnrah’s, and former security officer aboard the Voh’Tahk, commanded by Kang. Morglar recollects the events of Day of the Dove.
Trapped on the Enterprise, Kang and his surviving crew engage in a bloody standoff with the crew of the Enterprise, feeding a malevolent entity. Morglar and his security team kill humans, over and over again, but in the end, he loses his blind hatred. He also believes that asking the humans for help might not be such a bad idea. Kahnrah makes his decision and prepares to go before the High Council.
Story, art, and Star Trek come together in Blood Will Tell #4, for IDW’s finest comic outing so far. Day of the Dove, an episode which showcases the worst of human behavior along with with some brutal swordplay, didn’t tell us much about Klingons, but that’s ok. Scott and David Tipton are taking care of the other side of the story. As is usually the case, Kirk is the troublemaker, but we all know this. He’s pretty dependable in this regard. To balance the equation, the Tiptons give us Klingons in combat, women in particular, and when the fighting is over, honor with a bit of humor.
David Messina was apparently born to draw Klingons and humans carving up each other with broadswords. The digital colorist for this issue, Ilaria Traversi, does a fine job with red shirts and blood. Kang’s wife, Mara, is featured on all of the covers for this issue. I guess that’s her reward for all the crap she put up with from Earthers. Joe Corroney contributes a nice cover of Kang in command of the Enterprise. All of the elements that one can expect to find in a terrific comic are in this issue. My congratulations to the IDW crew. Now, don’t let it go to your head. There’s still one more issue to go.
Star Trek: Klingons — Blood Will Tell #4
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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Star Trek: Alien Spotlight #4 Andorians, December
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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.