Star Trek Discovery: The Light Of Kahless #2
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Written by: Mike Johnson and Kirsten Beyer
Art by Tony Shasteen with colors by J.D. Mettler
Issue #2 continues the story, now years later, on Boreth in the caves of No’Mat, where an older T’Kuvma, taking a page right out of Rightful Heir, looks to fulfill The Story of the Promise and, ultimately, the return of Kahless. The prophecy states that the great warrior will “reveal himself to the one who will carry his spirit within”, becoming Kahless reborn. While Kahless doesn’t reveal himself as he did to Worf, T’Kuvma does see a light, believing it to be the form in which he has chosen to appear.
While some of the clerics declare that he is indeed Kahless reborn, others aren’t so sure (despite being the only one to survive the harsh trials). But instead of continuing his education on Boreth, he is sent home to Qo’Nos for his sister J’Ula’s wedding, where she is to be married to D’Lor of House Mokai. You may remember that in Discovery episode 4, L’Rell reveals that she is of mixed heritage – her father of House T’Kuvma and her mother of House Mokai. I would imagine that at some point, perhaps by the end of this series, House Girjah becomes House T’Kuvma and L’Rell’s exact heritage will be explained (especially since this is all told from L’Rell’s point of view).
In the years that T’Kuvma has been away on Boreth, J’Ula has made modifications to the sarcophagus ship, including a century-old cloaking device. But also during that time, J’Ula has been distracted by her pending marriage into House Mokai and many family members are questioning her motives. Her dream of a future for all Klingons has diminished, paving the way for T’Kuvma to light the way and continue that dream.
This is a solid issue that continues to progress the story along and super fans will enjoy how interconnected the mythology is across TOS, TNG, DS9, and DSC. Tony Shasteen’s art here is solid and connects directly to Discovery, but in a different way – with more Klingon nudity.
As I pointed out in my review of issue 1, I love that this is a true collaboration by both Mike Johnson and Kirsten Beyer so that the story will ultimately feel tied directly to the show. They’ve slowly been planting seeds that will hopefully bear fruit by the end of the series. Hopefully this becomes essential reading for fans of Discovery.
A special shout-out goes to TrekMovie’s own Aaron Harvey on an excellent retail incentive cover!
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Star Trek: Discovery Issue #2 is due in comic shops Wednesday, January 24th, with a retail price of $3.99. You can pre-order it at TFAW at a discount. The trade paperback collection of all four issues of “The Light of Kahless” is due in May and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.