|“||I am a Dark Hunter. My friends call me Nidhiki...or they would, if I had any friends. The hulking figure next to me is Krekka. Not the brightest lightstone in Metru Nui, but strong enough to crumble a Knowledge Tower with one blow. We came to Metru Nui for our favorite sport: Toa Hunting.||”|
–Nidhiki's inner monologue
|Alternate title||Danger is the Dark Hunters|
|Series||BIONICLE: Metru Nui|
|Number in series||20|
|Previous comic||Comic 19: Enemies of Metru Nui|
|Next Comic||Comic 21: Dreams of Darkness|
Struggle in the Sky was the twentieth issue in the original BIONICLE comic series and the fifth issue in the BIONICLE: Metru Nui sub-series, as well as part five in the City of Legends storyline. It was mailed with the September/October 2004 edition of the LEGO Club Magazine.
Hunted as imposters and suspected in Toa Lhikan's disappearance, the Toa Metru are forced to flee for their lives. Stowing away aboard a Le-Metru airship they mistakenly believe themselves to be beyond the reach of Vahki order enforcement squads.
Meanwhile, a far more dangerous threat is looming in the shape of Nidhiki and Krekka, the Dark Hunters. Dispatched by Turaga Dume to capture the outlaws, they are determined to bring the Toa in alive--if not necessarily undamaged.
For the Toa, capture would mean both Lhikan and the city itself would be lost forever. But can they hope to survive against beings that live to hunt Toa?
Nidhiki and Krekka skulk through Metru Nui, looking for prey. While Toa Lhikan was easy enough to capture, the two Dark Hunters are experiencing difficulty with the Toa Metru. Nidhika notices the airship above and deduces that the Toa have hidden there. In the airship's cargo hold, Vakama strategizes with the others. Unfortunately, the Vahki have tracked them down and attack. Matau draws their fire, while Nokama blindsides them with her Toa Tools. Vakama tries to reason with the robotic enforcers, but Matau crushes the law-bots with a metal crate. Nidhiki interrupts and taunts the Toa of Fire. Vakama attempts to attack the Dark Hunter, but Krekka freezes him with a Kanoka. Matau catches his fallen teammate, but must absorb the brunt of an energy blast to keep Vakama safe. Elsewhere, Turaga Dume waits at the Coliseum for an update from his personal Rahi Nivawk.
In the airship, Matau catches the frozen Vakama. Nidhiki instructs Krekka to finish off Vakama, while he himself tackles Nokama. While Nidhika shoots energy blasts at the Toa of Water, she throws one of her Hydro Blades at him. The Dark Hunter dodges the blow and taunts her for the apparent miss. Nokama stands tall, uncowed by the mockery. Her strategy is revealed as the blade shears through the structural supports under Nidhiki, bringing him down in a loud crash. Krekka shoots a Kanoka at Matau, trying to incapacitate him as well. Vakama melts through his frozen prison and hits the hard-hitting Dark Hunter with a teleportation disk, rematerializing Krekka outside the ship in mid-air. Nidhiki drags himself from the rubble, ready for a second round of combat. The Toa instead chose to leave, using Matau's Air powers and Vakama's Fire abilities to fly away from the airship. Nidhiki watches them leave. He knows where their destination is, and he's willing to bide his time.
- Greg Farshtey - Writer
- Randy Elliott - Artist
- Pete Pantazis - Colorist
- Ken Lopez - Letterer
- Jaye Gardner - Editor
- Toby Dutkiewicz - Layout & Design
- Disk Launchers
- Freeze disk
- Teleportation disk
- Knowledge Tower - Mentioned only
- Lightstone - Mentioned only
- Toa Tools
- Vahki Staffs
- Dark Hunters
- Rahi - Mentioned only
- Lava Eel - Mentioned only
|“||The time is drawing near, and still three Toa plague me with their interference. They cannot be allowed to block the destiny of the Matoran. You know what to do. They will attempt to free their friends. They must not succeed.||”|
|“||You kidnap a Toa, threaten Matoran, and try to harm us--and you dare talk about what's "fair"? Take a trip, Dark Hunter!||”|
- Comic middle: Two-page spread encouraging fan to build their own fight scene between the Dark Hunters and Toa Metru using their sets.
- Comic end: An interview with the illustrators and designers behind BIONICLE 2: Legends of Metru Nui, New BIONICLE Legends are Born section discusses the Toa Lhikan & Kikanalo set, updates to the BIONICLE.com website.
- Rear cover: Advertisement for the BIONICLE 2: Legends of Metru Nui movie.
- BIONICLE 2: Legends of Metru Nui
- BIONICLE Adventures 4: Legends of Metru Nui
- BIONICLE 3: City of Legends