IDW’s new Star Trek: Discovery – The Light of Kahless is here boldly going into the past to tell us the story of T’Kuvma and his ancient ancestral ship the Sarcophagus.
This premiere issue starts us out aboard the damaged and disabled Sarcophagus, just after episode 2 of the CBS All Access Series and the events of the Battle of the Binary Stars. T’Kuvma has been killed, his house defeated in battle, and his choice as successor, Voq, is in doubt of his ability to lead House T’Kuvma and save what is left of the crew.
He is joined by L’rell who tells him the true story of who T’Kuvma was and why he chose Voq to succeed him as leader.
The story then goes back in time to when T’Kuvma was a young Klingon on Qo’noS. His father recently deceased, his family name and House Girjah disgraced and shunned by the Klingon High Council, and his uncle left in charge of what little remains. Tormented and teased by his four older brothers, T’Kuvma flees into the forest and discovers a secret ancient ship in ruins. Upon entering the ship he comes upon his sister J’ula and what is left of the servants and the members of house Girjah who have taken refuge in this ancient ship and now call it home. It is here that J’ula reveals the true nature of their family’s legacy and her plans to rebuild the ship to make her way to Boreth to find the first true Klingon Kahless reborn. J’ula hopes that the Klingon Empire’s greatest warrior will reunite the fractured Klingon Empire once again and bring it back to its former glory.
T’Kuvma keeps this knowledge of the ship and its inhabitants secret and returns home to his uncle and brothers. He sneaks off to the ship regularly to train in battle and learn how to be a true Klingon. By the end of this issue we see T’Kuvma on Boreth making his way to the ancient monastery to study the teachings of Kahless.
Kristen Beyer and Mike Johnson have taken the backstory of T’Kuvma and given it heart, really fleshing out what motivates him as an adult and a leader. They reveal that the Sarcophagus is more than a mere starship, it is an ancient vessel thousands of years old and forgotten by time and by the disgrace of house Girjah. This first issue really sets the stage for a wonderfully compelling story about a young Klingon searching to learn what it means to be a true Klingon, bring redemption to house Girjah, and unite the Klingon Empire.
The artwork on this is very detailed and well done. Tony Shasteen does a great job making it look and feel like the television series. J.D. Mettler’s coloring compliments this as well and gives it that darker grittier feel of the show. Although it looks great and really inspires the imagination, the dark tones and colors do tend to look muddy at times obscuring certain details of the artwork. Overall though it is well made and brings the reader right into that world.
Star Trek: Discovery – The Light of Kahless #1 sets the reader on a wonderful adventure and quest, giving more depth and dimension to the character of T’Kuvma and the true nature and origin of the Sarcophagus. It does not require viewing or knowledge of the new series and stands on it’s own in that respect. I highly recommend this title to fans of the show Trekkies and Non-Trekkies alike.
If you’re looking for a good story that is different from the television show but ties into that universe you should definitely check this title out.