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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.

Summary

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.

References

Characters

James T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottHikaru SuluNyota UhuraPavel ChekovSaavikWilliam BearclawNancy BryceKahless IVKoloth (Captain)KonomUSS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel (rosterunnamed)

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Shuttlecraft Galileo 3Klingon attack shuttlecraft

Locations

EarthKlingon space stationTycho IV

Races and cultures

HumanKlingonOrganianVulcan

States and organizations

FederationKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireStarfleetStarfleet Command

Science and classification

communicationsmatterquadrantsectorspacestarstar systemtechnologytimeuniverseweaponwormholewormhole flux

Communications

captain's logcaptain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2285log entryGeneral Order 29Klingonese

Lifeforms

humanoid

Materials and substances

atmospherebloodgas

Technology and weapons

Atalskes phaser IVcloaking devicemagno-gripphoton torpedospace stationstarshiptractor beamwarpsledwormhole stabilizer

Ranks and titles

admiralcaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officerdoctorEmperor of the Klingon Empireengineerensignfirst officergrand admiralhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant JGlieutenant commandermedicofficerrear admiralscience officersecond officersecuritysecurity chieftactical officerweapons officer

Other references

clothingFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2270s-2350s)Federation-Klingon War of 2285Federation-Klingon Cold WargovernmentKlingon historynation-stateOrganian Peace Treatyraces and culturesscienceStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2278-2350s)thruster suitranktitleuniform

Chronology

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.

Appendices

Related media

Background

  • 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.

Images

Connections

Timeline

published order
Previous comic:
The Wormhole Connection
TOS comics
DC Volume 1
Next comic:
Errand of War!
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Wormhole Connection
The Continuing
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Next Adventure:
Errand of War!


Publication history

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)

Translations

February 1985
French: Collected In Odyssée dans l'Espace, omnibus Star Trek #1. (Arédit)

External links

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