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Star Trek’s DAY OF BLOOD Makes Franchise History (Exclusive) – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Star Trek’s DAY OF BLOOD Makes Franchise History (Exclusive)



A rising Klingon Empire emerges, giving Star Trek: Day of Blood its shocking title and making history as the first comic book crossover event in the franchise. As the “god war” escalates throughout the Star Trek universe, the Klingon Empire rallies behind a bloodthirsty new dictator, captivating the attention of every Trek fan who wishes to witness the infamous Day of Blood. Screen Rant is excited to confirm that this opening act is a must-read epic for fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space Nine, Lower Decks, and everything in between.

Officially hitting comic book stores on July 19th, 2023, Star Trek: Day of Blood #1 unites the ongoing Captain Sisko-led Star Trek and the renegade Worf’s Star Trek: Defiant comic series. The writing team of Christopher Cantwell, Jackson Lanzing, and Collin Kelly, along with artists Ramon Rosanas and Lee Loughridge, join forces to create this monumental crossover. Both series face a common cosmic threat: the clone Emperor Kahless. Following in the footsteps of his ancient predecessor, the clone Emperor rallies allies and fanatics for a bloody conquest, starting with the mission to eliminate god-like beings across the universe. On the “Day of Blood,” the new Klingon Emperor takes his next brutal step.

The clone Kahless initiates his ominous crusade in the original Star Trek: The Next Generation, triggering a crisis of loyalty and identity in Worf. As the symbol of a Klingon future characterized by unity, alliance, and progress, Worf finds himself at odds with Kahless and his brutal history. Thousands of years ago, the original Kahless eradicated the “gods” that oppressed his people, and now his clone continues his mission. This threat brings Benjamin Sisko back into action, seemingly sent by the Bajoran Prophets to oppose Kahless and his god war. Additionally, the threat turns Worf into a rogue operative, leading him to steal a ship, recruit a crew of criminals and fugitives, and turn Spock into an enemy of the Federation. These actions are taken to prevent a new Klingon war, and the magnitude of fanatical bloodshed Kahless is willing to accept in his mission becomes evident.

Now, in Star Trek: Day of Blood #1, the risks taken by Sisko, Worf, and their crews, along with their pursuit of peace, converge. This universe-shaking event highlights Kahless as a villain unlike any other, marking this day as a pivotal moment in Star Trek history.

Day of Blood brings the Star Trek galaxy together in a massive war. This event has been in the works for almost a year, with its prologue showcased in this year’s Star Trek Free Comic Book Day Special. Fans witnessed the Red Path cult, devoted to Kahless, massacre a Starfleet ship. The Red Path’s influence extends beyond Klingons, attracting disaffected Romulans, Cardassians, and Orions as well. Star Trek: Day of Blood #1 continues these plotlines and unveils the escalating god war that many, including Klingon Chancellor Martok, have turned a blind eye to. However, after the events of Day of Blood #1, they can no longer ignore it as the god war erupts in a spectacular and horrifying display of violence. Fans who have eagerly followed the god war will not be disappointed by Star Trek: Day of Blood. The pieces set into motion nearly a year ago collide, bringing a long-simmering conflict to the forefront.

Using Kahless as the centerpiece of a violent cult is a bold choice that reflects this new era of Star Trek comics. The Red Path itself serves as a powerful villain, distinct from any seen before in the franchise. In the past, the Romulans and Klingons were the primary threats to galactic security, depicted as monolithic entities. However, the Red Path defies this tradition, as its hateful ideology spans across various species. A nihilistic and violent death cult is a first for Star Trek. Lanzing, Kelly, and Cantwell take advantage of the comic medium to tell a bold new type of Star Trek story. The galaxy’s descent into chaos provides the perfect backdrop for a new Klingon Empire, and Day of Blood #1 doesn’t shy away from portraying the brutality of the Red Path.

As Klingons turn against each other and the galaxy trembles under the weight of the impact, it falls upon Sisko and Worf, along with their teams of beloved Trek crew members, to restore order. This groundbreaking comics crossover event will make history in the Star Trek franchise. Star Trek: Day of Blood #1 will be available for purchase on July 19th from IDW Publishing.

A new Klingon Empire is rising, giving Star Trek: Day of Blood its shocking name, while making history as the franchise’s first comic book crossover event. When the ‘god war’ building across the Star Trek universe explodes in brutal fashion, rallying the Klingon Empire behind a bloodthirsty new dictator, every Trek fan will want to witness the instantly-infamous Day of Blood. And Screen Rant is pleased to confirm that this opening salvo is a new, must-read epic for every fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space Nine, Lower Decksand everything in between.

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Officially hitting comic book shops on July 19th, 2023, Star Trek: Day of Blood #1 officially unites the ongoing Captain Sisko-led Star Trek and the renegade Worf’s Star Trek: Defiant comic series, along with the writing team of Christopher Cantwell, Jackson Lanzing, and Collin Kelly, art by Ramon Rosanas and Lee Loughridge. Both books have been facing the same new cosmic threat: the clone Emperor Kahless, fulfilling the mandate of his ancient predecessor by rallying allies and fanatics in bloody conquest… starting with a mission to kill every god-like being in the universe. But on the ‘Day of Blood,’ the new Klingon Emperor take his next, brutal step.



The Day of Blood Changes Star Trek History (And Its Future)

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The clone Kahless began his ominous crusade in the original Star Trek: The Next Generationtriggering a crisis of loyalty (and identity) in Worf. As Starfleet’s best symbol of a Klingon future of unity, alliance, and progress, the brutal history embodied in Kahless made him a perfect foil. In the distant past, the original Kahless slew the “gods” that oppressed his people, and now, thousands of years later, his clone is picking up where the original left off.

That threat brought Benjamin Sisko back to his former plane of existence, seemingly sent by the Bajoran Prophets to oppose Kahless and his shocking god war. And that same threat turned Worf into a rogue operative, stealing a ship, assembling a crew of criminals and fugitives, and making Spock an enemy of the Federation. These actions were all taken to prevent a new Klingon war, and the scale of fanatical bloodshed Kahless seemed willing to accept in his mission (he is a Klingon, after all).

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Now all of those risks taken by Sisko, Worf, and their respective crews, all the quick thinking, and the life-or-death gambles in pursuit of peace have collided in Star Trek: Day of Blood #1. But the first issue of this universe-shaking event makes it clear that Kahless is a villain like few others, and this day is one that will be remembered in Star Trek history as synonymous with the clone emperor’s Red Path soldiers, and his vision for a new, brutal Klingon future.

Day of Blood Unites the Star Trek Galaxy in One Massive War

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The first true showpiece of IDW’s bold new vision for a Star Trek comic universe, Day of Blood has been built to for almost a year. The event had its prologue in this year’s Star Trek Free Comic Book Day Specialin which fans witnessed Kahless’ devoted ‘Red Path’ cult massacre a Starfleet ship. Fans also saw just how far Kahless’ reach extended, as the Red Path was attracting not only disaffected Klingons but Romulans, Cardassians, and Orions, as well. Star Trek: Day of Blood #1 builds on these plotlines, and the growing god war boiling just under the galactic surface as many, including the Klingon Chancellor Martok, are turning a blind eye to the Red Path. However, after the events of Day of Blood #1they no longer can, as the god war erupts in a spectacular and horrifying display of violence.

For fans who have been eagerly following the god war, Star Trek: Day of Blood will not disappoint. The pieces that were set into motion nearly a year ago collide, bringing a long-simmering conflict to the surface. The decision to use Kahless as the centerpiece of a violent cult is a bold one, reflecting this grand new era of Star Trek comics. Furthermore, the cult itself is a potent villain–and one unlike any other seen in the franchise. In the past, empires like the Romulans and the Klingons were the primary threat to galactic security; Star Trek traditionally portraying them as monolithic entities. However, the Red Path bucks this trend, as its hateful ideology stretches across a variety of species. A nihilistic and violent death cult is a first for Star Trek. Lanzing, Kelly, and Cantwell have taken advantage of the comics medium to tell a new, bold type of Star Trek story.

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The violence that has overrun the galaxy is the kind of chaos perfect for a new Klingon Empire, and Day of Blood #1 pulls no punches in showing the brutality of the Red Path. When Klingons turn on Klingons, and the galaxy shudders at the impact and potential future hanging in the balance, it will fall on Sisko and Worf (and their respective teams of beloved Trek crew members) to restore order as Star Trek’s first comics crossover makes franchise history.

Star Trek: Day of Blood #1 is on sale July 19th from IDW Publishing.

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