Star Trek - Klingons: Blood Will Tell was a five part comic miniseries published by IDW Publishing, their second miniseries and their first TOS comics after their debut TNG miniseries The Space Between. The series was the first Star Trek project by Scott & David Tipton and was illustrated by David Messina, the writer/artist team have gone on to make several other Star Trek comics for IDW.


There are two sides to every argument, and this special collection looks at some of the most famous encounters between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire - from the Klingon perspective! Star Trek fans are used to the Klingons responding with "swift and blinding violence," and now the creative team that brought you Angel: Auld Lang Syne will show us why. Also includes a cover gallery by series artist David Messina and variant cover artist Joe Corroney.


Untold generations ago, Kahless the Unforgettable defeated his enemies and founded the glorious Klingon Empire. Imparting to his people the laws of honor. Upon his departure, he said to them "You are Klingons. You need no one but yourselves." But times change...

The series looked at some of the most famous encounters between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire, from the Klingon's point-of-view. Each issue looked at a different TOS episode with a framing story arc set around the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country tying the series together. Episodes featured were "Errand of Mercy", "The Trouble with Tribbles", "A Private Little War" and "Day of the Dove".

The first issue was also be available translated into Klingonese by Marc Okrand and the Klingon Language Institute, including a script in English for non-Klingon readers.

The complete miniseries was printed in an omnibus book in November 2007 which included the Klingon language edition of the first issue and a gallery of the numerous covers for the series.

None of the issues (with the exception of the English script in the Klingon language edition of the first issue) had their titles published within the comic book, nor did the titles appear in the omnibus edition. Fortunately one of the writers, Scott Tipton provided the titles for all the issues on IDW's message boards.


Title Against Their Nature Beneath the Skin The Order of Things Blood Reign O'er Me Losses
Scott & David Tipton
David Messina
25 April 2007
21 May 2007
3 July 2007
1 August 2007
5 September 2007
Cover A
(David Messina)
Blood Will Tell 4a
Blood Will Tell 5a
Cover B
Blood Will Tell 4b
Blood Will Tell 5b
Retail incentive cover
Mugato cover
Blood Will Tell 4c
Blood Will Tell 5c
Retail incentive cover
(Joe Corroney without titles)
Klingons Blood Will Tell 1
Blood Will Tell 3-Corroney
"Errand of Mercy"
"The Trouble with Tribbles"
"A Private Little War"
"Day of the Dove"
The Undiscovered Country

Each issue of the series was available in at least three covers. The A cover throughout series was by David Messina, however the B cover varied between Joe Corroney covers or photo-covers. The more limited availability retail incentive cover for each issue was typically the alternate B cover (eg. a photo-cover if a Corroney cover had been used for B and visa-versa), with the exception of the second issue which had a sketch version of the Corroney cover rather than any photo-cover. The first and third issues had an additional retail incentive cover, featuring the Joe Corroney artwork without any titles. On top of that the first issue was also issued with second photo-cover, exclusive to Comics Pro, and two additional covers for the Klingon language edition.

Additional "Against Their Nature" covers


Star Trek - Klingons: Blood Will Tell
Issues Against Their NatureBeneath the SkinThe Order of ThingsBlood Reign O'er MeLosses
Episodes Errand of MercyThe Trouble with TribblesA Private Little WarDay of the DoveThe Undiscovered Country
Creators Elena CasagrandeJoe CorroneyDavid MessinaRobbie RobbinsChris RyallDan TaylorScott & David TiptonIlaria TraversiNeil Uyetake
IDW Publishing miniseries
Completed series The Space BetweenKlingons: Blood Will TellYear FourAlien SpotlightIntelligence GatheringTurnaroundThe Enterprise ExperimentAssignment: EarthMirror ImagesRomulans: The Hollow CrownThe Last GenerationCountdownAlien Spotlight IICrewMission's EndThe Wrath of KhanSpock: ReflectionsNeroRomulans: SchismGhostsFool's GoldStar Trek Movie AdaptationLeonard McCoy, Frontier DoctorBurden of KnowledgeCountdown to DarknessCaptain's LogKhan: Ruling in HellInfestationStar Trek—Legion of Super-HeroesAssimilation²HiveKhanStrange New WorldsNew VisionsHarlan Ellison's The City on the Edge of ForeverThe Primate DirectiveThe Spectrum WarStarfleet AcademyManifest DestinyStar TrekStranger WorldsWaypointMirror BrokenBoldly GoThrough the MirrorThe Light of KahlessSuccessionTerra IncognitaStar Trek vs. TransformersThe Q Conflict IDW bulb
Future series Assignment: Earth IIYear FiveAftermathToo Long a Sacrifice
IDW Publishing omnibuses
IDW miniseries The Space BetweenKlingons: Blood Will TellYear FourAlien Spotlight, Volume IIntelligence GatheringTurnaroundYear Four: The Enterprise ExperimentAssignment: EarthMirror ImagesCountdownThe Last GenerationMission's EndCrewSpock: ReflectionsNeroRomulans: Pawns of WarAlien Spotlight, Volume IIGhostsFool's GoldStar Trek Movie AdaptationLeonard McCoy, Frontier DoctorMirror BrokenWaypointManifest DestinyStarfleet AcademyCountdown to DarknessKhanHiveKhan: Ruling in HellCaptain's Log IDW bulb
Archive material Star Trek Archives (Best of Peter DavidBest of the BorgBest of Gary SevenBest of DS9Best of Captain KirkBest of Alternate Universes) • Best of KlingonsStar Trek Omnibus (Volume 1Volume 2The Original SeriesMovie Omnibus) • Motion Picture TrilogyThe Stardate Collection (Volume 1Volume 2) • Newspaper Comics (Volume 1Volume 2) • Classic UK Comics (Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3)

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