|Alternate title||The Coming of the Kal!|
|Number in series||10|
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The Coming of the Kal! was the tenth issue of the original BIONICLE comic series, and the first part of a new storyline. It was originally mailed together with the January/February 2003 edition of the LEGO Club Magazine, and was later collected in BIONICLE: Volume 1, BIONICLE: The Saga of Takanuva!, and BIONICLE 2: Challenge of the Rahkshi. It fully introduced the Bohrok-Kal as new adversaries for the Toa Nuva.
The Toa Nuva have lost their amazing elemental energies. Mysterious beings have stolen the symbols of the Toa Nuva from the villages of Mata Nui, and stripped the heroes of Mata Nui of their fire, ice, water, air, earth, and rock powers.
Forced to rely only on the Kanohi Nuva masks--and each other--the Toa Nuva have combined forces to track down the thieves. But what will happen when they confront the island's newest menace? Will the Toa Nuva finally meet defeat--and will they ever rise again?
Suddenly powerless, Kopaka Nuva plunges down a cliff. Jamming his blades into the stone walls, he manages to bring his rapid descent to a halt. The Toa Nuva of Ice is not alone in his predicament. All over Mata Nui, mysterious creatures have stolen the Nuva Symbols, rendering each hero powerless and unable to use their elemental abilities. The Toa Nuva gather together and track the bandits to Po-Wahi. Tahu is determined to regain their powers, but Pohatu isn't so sure. Six creatures suddenly appear before the heroes; they declare themselves to be the Bohrok-Kal, and they seek the Bahrag queens. The Toa are determined to stop them, but without their powers, they are quickly outmatched: Lewa becomes magnetized to the ground by Gahlok-Kal, Onua's attacks are dissolved with Pahrak-Kal's plasma assault, and even Tahu's new Hau Nuva is unable to resist a wave of increased gravity from Nuhvok-Kal.
Tahnok-Kal's lighting bolts, Kohrak-Kal's sonic pulses, and Levahk-Kal's vacuum blast finish off the heroes. Later, the group awakens to find their attackers gone. Tahu is enraged by this defeat and vows revenge, but Gali cuts him off; they have bigger things to worry about than bruised egos. Should the Bohrok-Kal succeed in their mission, the Bohrok swarms will be free the ravage the island again. Without their powers, the Toa will be hard-pressed indeed to fight the swarms. Tahu re-focuses and forms a plan; the team will split up and try to discover the Bahrag and slow down the Bohrok-Kal. Gali wonders how they can ever hope to prevail, but Lewa and Tahu comfort her: with or without powers, they will find a way.
- Greg Farshtey - Writer
- Randy Elliott - Penciller
- Elliot & Kryssing - Inkers
- Ken Lopez - Letterer
- Peter Pantazis - Colorist & separator
- Jaye Gardner - Editor
- Toby Dutkiewicz - Layout & design
- Cahdok - Mentioned only
- Gahdok - Mentioned only
- Gahlok-Kal - First appearance
- Gali Nuva
- Lehvak-Kal - First appearance
- Lewa Nuva
- Kohrak-Kal - First full appearance
- Kopaka Nuva
- Nuhvok-Kal - First appearance
- Nuju - Mentioned only
- Onua Nuva
- Pahrak-Kal - First appearance
- Pohatu Nuva
- Tahnok-Kal - First full appearance
- Tahu Nuva
- Bohrok-Kal Shields
- Kanohi Nuva
- Nuva Symbols
- Toa Tools
- Bohrok Swarms
- Turaga - Mentioned only
- Comic middle: The Origin of the Bohrok-Kal section by Takua discusses the creation and mission of the Bohrok-Kal.
- Comic end: The Secret of the Symbols section discusses the Nuva Symbols; 6 Reasons to Visit BIONICLE.com advertisement; LEGO Club Magazine advertisement/subscription.
- Rear cover: Advertisement for BIONICLE-based pens, BIONICLE: Quest for Makuta board game, and future products.
- This issue marks the first full appearance of the Bohrok-Kal, an elite team of Bohrok with unique powers.
- Consequently, this issue marks the first appearance of elements such as Lightning, Magnetism, Plasma, Gravity, and Sonics, all of which would later be canonized as wielded by types of Toa.
- On page 14, Onua suggests that the Toa Nuva seek out Kanohi Nuva to strengthen themselves against the Bohrok-Kal. The quest for these enhanced masks is explored more in BIONICLE Chronicles 4: Tales of the Masks.
- The Bohrok-Kal and their various members are consistently referred to with the use of a hyphen in their names: "Tahnok Kal" instead of "Tahnok-Kal."
- Comic illustrator Ray Kryssing's first name was unknown by the fandom until the release of the Papercutz graphic novel collection BIONICLE 2: Challenge of the Rahkshi in 2008.
- This comic was released in a smaller-sized edition, as were Comic 4: The Bohrok Awake and Comic 12: Absolute Power.