Trapped aboard a Klingon warship, Kirk fights for his life! (part 2 of 4)— "... The Only Good Klingon..." was the second comic issue of the DC Comics 1984 series of Star Trek comics, released in March 1984. The issue was edited by Marv Wolfman, and written by Mike W. Barr. The art was penciled by Tom Sutton and inked by Ricardo Villagran, with Michele Wolfman and John Costanza credited as colorist and letterer, respectively.
- Captain's Log: Stardate 8149.2.:
- To uncover the secret of the undetectable Klingon fleet, Ensign Bryce and I have entered wormhole space and discovered there a Klingon station, with enough firepower to seize this sector of Federation space for themselves.
Admiral James T. Kirk wonders to himself how the Organians could have allowed the Klingons to blatantly defy the Organian Peace Treaty with this hidden station. Ensign Bryce is briefly disoriented, an effect of wormholes on the human psyche, but Kirk helps her compose herself before they rocket toward the station in their thruster suits. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Commander Hikaru Sulu oversees the status of repairs aboard the Enterprise while receiving mission data from Lieutenant Saavik aboard the Galileo 3 inside wormhole space. Saavik deliberately leaves her communications unscrambled to divert the Klingon forces from finding Kirk and Bryce.
Captain Koloth and his crew return to the station amid accolades from the station crew. Koloth's helmsman, Konom, fears that his captain knows of his aiding the Enterprise. Saavik's shuttlecraft is detected and Koloth orders it captured, but is concerned the shuttlecraft is a ruse and orders double security aboard the station. Kirk and Bryce infiltrate the station as three Klingon security shuttles depart to intercept Saavik. As soon as they enter the station, Klingon forces surround them. Kirk and Bryce manage to fight them off, despite Bryce's hesitation in firing her phaser. Bryce feels insecure about her hesitation, but Kirk mentions his experience at Tycho IV and promises to tell her about it later.
- Captain's Log:
- First Officer Sulu reporting. We have had no report yet from Captain Kirk, nor have we been able to restore full engine power. Under these conditions, we would be no match for even one Klingon vessel, let alone four.
Dr. McCoy visits the bridge to check in on Kirk. Sulu informs him that there's nothing to do but wait and that the captain always comes back. McCoy retorts that that was what he always thought about Spock. As McCoy leaves the bridge, he muses on what Spock meant by, "Remember." After getting a status report from Scotty, Sulu wonders when he'll receive his own command.
The Klingons continue their pursuit of Saavik's shuttlecraft but aren't quite fooled when she activates the shuttle's cloaking device. Although Saavik disengages the warpsled, her shuttle remains in wormhole space instead of returning to normal space, and she is quickly captured by Klingon tractor beams. Meanwhile, aboard the space station, Kirk and Bryce attempt to find the station's wormhole stabilizer but Bryce's fourth-level Klingonese is inadequate for the task. They soon encounter Konom, who professes to have transmitted the wormhole flux information to the Enterprise. Konom explains that he has always been revulsed by his people's killing and destruction and that he can't allow the wanton slaughter that is sure to follow. As Konom leads Kirk and Bryce to the wormhole stabilizer, Saavik escapes her captors. Bryce and Konom plant an explosive charge on the wormhole stabilizer, but cannot beam home due to the Klingons jamming transporter and subspace frequencies. Kirk tells Saavik to storm the station's transporter room where she transports the team back to the ship along with an injured Konom.
Kirk returns to the bridge just as the Klingons find the explosive charge. Once the wormhole stabilizer is destroyed, the Klingons' space station returns to normal space. Kirk demands the Klingons' surrender, but Koloth elects to destroy the station instead. Uhura reports that the Enterprise is receiving a very strong signal. The signal is from Emperor Kahless IV declaring war on the Federation due to the acts of Captain Kirk.
- James T. Kirk • Leonard McCoy • Montgomery Scott • Hikaru Sulu • Nyota Uhura • Pavel Chekov • Saavik • William Bearclaw • Nancy Bryce • Kahless IV • Koloth (Captain) • Konom • USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel (roster • unnamed)
Starships and vehicles
Races and cultures
States and organizations
Science and classification
- communications • matter • quadrant • sector • space • star • star system • technology • time • universe • weapon • wormhole • wormhole flux
- captain's log • captain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2285 • log entry • General Order 29 • Klingonese
Materials and substances
Technology and weapons
- Atalskes phaser IV • cloaking device • magno-grip • photon torpedo • space station • starship • tractor beam • warpsled • wormhole stabilizer
Ranks and titles
- admiral • captain • chief engineer • chief medical officer • commander • commanding officer • doctor • Emperor of the Klingon Empire • engineer • ensign • first officer • grand admiral • helmsman • lieutenant • lieutenant JG • lieutenant commander • medic • officer • rear admiral • science officer • second officer • security • security chief • tactical officer • weapons officer
- clothing • Federation Starfleet ranks • Federation Starfleet ranks (2270s-2350s) • Federation-Klingon War of 2285 • Federation-Klingon Cold War • government • Klingon history • nation-state • Organian Peace Treaty • races and cultures • science • Starfleet uniform • Starfleet uniform (2278-2350s) • thruster suit • rank • title • uniform
- years prior to 2285
- Tensions grow with the Klingon Empire, abated only by the Organian Peace Treaty. (prior to episode/novelization)
- stardate 8149.2, 2285 (2280s chronology, continuing Enterprise voyages)
- Enterprise engages the Klingons.
- This story continues in the next issue.
- The letters page contains correspondence from fans before the printing of the first issue.
- This issue and the rest of its storyline was due to be reprinted in 2009's Best of Klingons omnibus for the Star Trek Archives. The printing was cancelled (unpublished comics), but in 2013 a different Best of Klingons omnibus was released with this story within.
The Wormhole Connection
DC Volume 1
Errand of War!
The Wormhole Connection
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Errand of War!
- March 1984
- First published by DC Comics.
- October 2005
- Reprinted in the To Boldly Go omnibus. (Titan Books)
- October 2013
- Reprinted in the Best of Klingons omnibus. (IDW)
- 1 March 2018
- Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #31. (Eaglemoss)