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"Klingons: Four Thousand Throats..." was a comic installment in the IDW Publishing Star Trek comic miniseries Alien Spotlight. Written by author Keith R.A. DeCandido, and illustrated by J.K. Woodward, this comic was released in 2009 and focuses on the Klingons, specifically the character of Kang.


The Klingons say: "Four thousand throats may be cut in a single night by a running man." But where does the saying come from? Kangcaptain, husband, Dahar Master—tells three different versions of the story at three key points in his life.



Fron'chakJohn HarrimanJ'LaqJurvaKangKralosKraviqKrimMaraMazkaRalkrorDemora SuluTorkTorvidTygrakYldaunnamed Fortrans
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Dax, son of KangKahless the UnforgettableJames T. KirkKolothKorQaghHikaru Sulu

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise-BIKS K'tancoIKS RoneyIKS Voh'tahk
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USS EnterpriseUSS Enterprise-A


FortraGoqlath CastleQadyaqQo'noS

Races and cultures


States and organizations

Klingon EmpireUnited Federation of Planets

Other references



Related media




The story consists of three short stories, each with their own framing story, placing events in six different time periods. The book opens in 2267, shortly after "Errand of Mercy", which frames a flashback to events seven years previous. The story then skips ahead through Kang's life to 2310, seventeen years after The Undiscovered Country—Kang has just returned from a mission, and informs his wife of recent events in the flashback story. The final story is framed in 2370, shortly before "Blood Oath," with a flashback to a story from the age of Kahless.

Published Order
Previous comic:
Alien Spotlight Next comic:
Previous story:
A Singular Destiny
Stories by:
Keith R.A. DeCandido
Next story:
The Unhappy Ones
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Against Their Nature
Pages 5-21
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The City on the Edge of Forever
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2267.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in 4 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
Burning Dreams
Chapters 10, 16, 17, 18 & 19
Pages 3-6
Next adventure:
Immortal Coil
Chapter 19
Previous adventure:
Iron and Sacrifice
Sections 8, 12, 13 & 16-18
Pages 8-14
Next adventure:
Serpents Among the Ruins
Previous adventure:
Ordinary Days
Pages 15 & 22
Next adventure:
Blood Oath
Previous adventure:
Even numbered chapters
"in the days of Kahless"
Pages 16-21
Next adventure:
The Romulan Way
Chapter 10

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