IDW Launching New Alien Spotlight Series, Starting With ‘Star Trek: Klingons’ Telling The Legend Of Kahless

Last month IDW wrapped up their Star Trek: Year Five series and the lead writers behind that are moving on to take a deep dive into the lore of Star Trek’s most iconic aliens, starting off with a one-shot focusing on Kahless.

Star Trek: Klingons coming in February

Today IDW Publishing announced the release of Star Trek: Klingons for February, which will be the first in a series of extra-long one-shots spotlighting the franchise’s many memorable alien species. Writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, two of the lead story architects on the Star Trek: Year Five series, join artist Timothy Green II (Starlord, Annihilators, and Animal Man) to tell the legend of Kahless the Unforgettable. The story of the legendary Klingon warrior and founder of the Klingon Empire will be told: “from the death of his coward brother Morath to his victory at Three Turn Bridge.”

“I was, in large part, raised by Star Trek… and no culture helped me come to terms with my masculinity, my anger, and my personal code of honor more than the Klingons,” says Lanzing. “So when I tell you the only thing more exciting to me than taking the Enterprise crew on their final journey in Star Trek: Year Five is getting to show the man behind the myth of Kahless The Unforgettable, you can believe it.”

“The Klingon people provide a rich counterpoint to the Federation. They present a lifestyle that is loud and fearless, but also incredibly egalitarian and fair; no matter who you are, respect is earned, not given,” says Kelly. “We’ve been pitching this story since before we’d ever been hired to write Star Trek. We never in a million years thought it would be a story we actually got to bring to life. And with an artist of the caliber of Timothy Green II — whose detailed, beautiful work owes so much to the greats of Japanese tradition — this will be a saga worthy of Kahless.”

Star Trek: Klingons will be available with two cover variants, including Cover A by interior artist Timothy Green II and a Retailer Incentive edition by Alexandra Beguez.

Cover art by Timothy Green II

More Star Trek alien spotlights to come, starting with Ferengi in April

IDW will continue its series touring prominent Star Trek species starting with Star Trek: Ferengi in April, featuring “the Milky Way’s most cunning and avaricious aliens.”

“There is no Star Trek without the vast population of alien species calling the universe home,” says editor Heather Antos. “From Klingons to Ferengi, Vulcans to Trill and beyond, it’s so exciting to delve deep into what makes each of the species a unique addition to the world of Trek, Mirrorverse, or otherwise!”

IDW returning to Trek aliens

While not directly related to this new series, between 2007 and 2009 IDW published two volumes of Star Trek: Alien Spotlight, with a total of 11 issues, each covering a different alien species.

Final issue of 2009 Alien Spotlight series

Keep up with all the Star Trek comics news, previews and reviews in TrekMovie’s comics category.

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I really enjoyed the previous incarnation of the Alien Spotlight series, and I look forward to this one.

Glad they’re doing the proper Klingon look

Excellent news! the alien spotlight stories have been great in the past

This story would have made a fantastic TV show too. But it’s nice that someone is tackling it anyway. It’ll be interesting to see if the storyline follows the conventional/traditional Klingon version of Kahless’s life or if they go in a somewhat different direction — the reality deviating from the myths at some points, but Kahless still turning out to be a genuinely great man (even greater than the myths, perhaps).