Friday, June 17, 2011

IDW's New Star Trek Series

IDW has announced the first new Star Trek comic book series in fifteen years. Simply called "Star Trek" this series will take place in the new Star Trek 2.0 universe created by the J.J. Abrams reboot. Star Trek movies writer Roberto Orci will be consultant on the series as it reimagines classic Trek Prime episodes in this new universe. The first issue is scheduled for a release sometime in September 2011.
All-new ongoing series begins in September

Classic Star Trek: The Original Series episodes reimagined in the new universe

The Star Trek universe will never be the same following the events of the game-changing, blockbuster 2009 film. Beginning with STAR TREK #1 in September, IDW Publishing and CBS Consumer Products join forces with Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci to explore the vast implications of the alternate timeline created by the film in a new, monthly, ongoing comics series.

"Movies cost money. Lots and lots of money," said Orci. "But comics give us unlimited budgets to take the crew of the Enterprise farther than they've ever been. Join us!"

The adventures of the Starship Enterprise continue with the new cast from the film as they embark on missions that re-imagine the stories from the original television series, along with new threats and characters never seen before.

Under the creative direction of Orci, fan-favorite STAR TREK writer Mike Johnson and artist Stephen Molnar bring this alternate universe to life and begin the countdown to the highly anticipated Star Trek sequel. The series kicks off with a dramatic new envisioning of The Original Series second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before."

"Finally, new STAR TREK comics that showcase the new Enterprise crew," said editor Scott Dunbier. "The only thing more fun than reading them is editing them!"

STAR TREK #1 will feature covers from Tim Bradstreet and David Messina, plus four rare photo covers. Readers are encouraged to talk to their local retailer about the photo covers, and the super rare STAR TREK #1 signed by Orci and Johnson. The debut issue will also feature a golden ticket promotion, with more details to come shortly from IDW.

STAR TREK #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in September 2011. Diamond order code JUN11 0308.
While I am glad Star Trek comics are returning to the shelves after a long hiatus, this sadly also represents another nail in the coffin for the Star Trek Prime universe. It is probably just a matter of another year or two before the publishing of new Star Trek Prime universe content ceases. I just hope that if they are going to end it, they do it with a bang instead of a silent whimper.

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