Tuesday, 7 July 2015

The Spectrum War #1 preview

Out this week is the first issue in The Spectrum War, the six-part nuTrek/Green Lantern crossover comic series. The series is written by nuTrek regular Mike Johnson, with absolutely stunning artwork from Star Trek first timer Angel Hernandez. Continue below for a five page preview from this first issue, and some other nuTrek comics news, but first, new covers.

This issue sets a new record for the number of covers available for a Star Trek comic, with twenty-six on offer, mostly as retailer exclusives. There are twenty different designs within that number, with variants of a few of those making up the remainder. You can see most of those in previous reports, here, and here. But there are two we've not seen until now: The GameStop exclusive, featuring lots of green tribbles, is by Rachael Stott, with colours by Francesca Zambon:


And the ThinkGeek exclusive is by John Midgley.

New Visions: 1971/4860.2 preview

Out this week is issue seven in John Byrne's New Visions photo-comic series, and appropriately the guest star for this story is Gary Seven, a character who Byrne has made use of several times in his Star Trek comics, including my personal favourite, the Assignment Earth series.

This issue has a rather unusual title, 1971/4860.2, which inside the comic is split into two separate chapters telling the story from different points of view. The five-page preview this time starts at page 2, the title page for the 1971 section of the story. Continue below to read the rest of the preview, and for more news from the New Visions series:

Monday, 6 July 2015

Attack Wing wave 16 previews

June saw wave sixteen of expansions for the miniatures game Star Trek: Attack Wing, and now Wizkids have released images showing the three new ships released, as packaged, and with the full contents of each pack.

This latest wave included the USS Dauntless, the Ferengi Marauder Kreechta, and the USS Pasteur. Here's what they look like in the shops:


And continue below for a look at all the cards and bits and pieces contained within each pack:

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Deep Space 9 frisbee!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it's a huge space station hurtling through the sky at you! Fear not though, the new Deep Space 9 frisbee is made of soft foam, so won't hurt too much if you catch it with your head instead of your hands.


This holey new Star Trek frisbee is available from the StarTrek.com shop, and strangely enough is the second Trek-themed frisbee just this year, hot on the heels of the remarkable USS Enterprise flying disc from ThinkGeek.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

New tough or cuddly Trek-wear from ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek have added a couple of Star Trek items to their range, ready to wrap up trekkies, be you tough as nails or soft as kittens (or if you're a bit of both!). Continue below to check them out:

The perfect uniform for any Klngon biker gangs, the new "Sons of Stovokor" denim jacket features all sorts of Klingon designs and text, as ThinkGeek describe:
This jacket features the emblem of the Klingon Empire embroidered on the chest with a back patch which reads "Onward to Sto-vo-kor" in transliterated Klingon characters (well, technically "Sthovoqor" - it's like a Klingon with a slight speech impediment said it - maybe as the result of a jaw broken in battle?) on the top and "It is a good day to die" in tlhIngan Hol beneath a Klingon skull and crossed bat'leths.

First look at something from Star Trek Beyond

Director Justin Lin has posted on Twitter to mark the start of production of Star Trek Beyond, and in doing so has given us our first look at something from the film, namely a Starfleet patch from a new style of uniform or space suit. The same tweet also confirms again the still not officially confirmed title for the film:
Let the next Starfleet voyage begin!

Meanwhile Collider recently interviewed David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions, who are executive producers on the nuTrek films. Goldberg had high praise for Lin's approach to the latest instalment:

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

This Month: June 2015 Star Trek releases

It's been a very mixed month of Star Trek releases, with some sort of representation from every Star Trek era, and an assortment of Star Trek stuff ready to fill bookshelves, model displays, offices, dinning tables and more! Continue below to check them all out:

Books

June's Star Trek novel was a TNG adventure, Armageddon's Arrow, which sees the Enterprise-E off exploring again at last. Author Dayton Ward has described it as having a bit of a TOS flavour; in having Picard and company encountering an exotic alien creation. Here's the blurb:
It is a new age of exploration, and the U.S.S. Enterprise is dispatched to “the Odyssean Pass,” a region charted only by unmanned probes and believed to contain numerous inhabited worlds. Approaching a star system with two such planets, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew find a massive alien vessel, drifting in interstellar space for decades. Sensors detect life aboard the derelict—aliens held in suspended animation. Thought to be an immense sleeper ship, the vessel actually is a weapon capable of destroying entire worlds...the final gambit in a war that has raged for generations across the nearby system. Captain Picard is now caught in the middle of this conflict and attempts to mediate, as both sides want this doomsday weapon…which was sent from the future with the sole purpose of ending the interplanetary war before it even began!

Monday, 29 June 2015

First blurbs for 2016 Voyager, TOS, and Enterprise novels

Simon and Schuster have started listing details for the first three four novels in the 2016 Star Trek novel schedule, including scheduling information, blurbs, and even a new title. These come from Simon and Schuster's digital catalogue, which is aimed more at retailers I think, so take these with the due pinch of salt given it's early and these probably wont be the final blurbs.

UPDATE: Another book listing has appeared, and some of the authors have commented on their new books; see below for more details.

February's book, which customarily will start to appear come late January, will be the eighth novel in Kirsten Beyer's Voyager relaunch, A Pocket Full of Lies. Given this takes place after Atonement, which is due out this September, beware ye minor spoilers, if you were anticipating this character or that, might get vaporised in the next book:
The Full Circle Fleet has resumed its explorations of the Delta Quadrant and former Borg space. Captain Regina Farkas of the U.S.S. Vesta makes a promising first contact with the Nihydron—humanoid aliens that are collectors of history. They rarely interact with the species they study but have amassed a large database of numerous races, inhabited planets, and the current geopolitical landscape of a large swath of the quadrant. When an exchange of data is proposed via a formal meeting, the Nihydron representatives are visibly shaken to be greeted by Admiral Kathyryn Janeway. For almost a hundred years, two local species, the Rilnar and the Zahl, have fought for control of the nearby planet Sormana, with both sides claiming it as their ancestral homeworld. The shocking part is that for the last several years, the Rilnar have been steadily gaining ground, thanks to the tactics of their current commanding officer: a human woman, who appears to be none other than Kathryn Janeway herself…

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Car Trek

Those canny people at CBS consumer products have found another corner of our lives ready to fill with Star Trekness. This time Plasticolor are doing the honours, with a new range of Star Trek inspired automotive accessories. No surface inside your car need go un-Treked with all this stuff. Continue below to see what's on offer:

To help get rid the whiff of the last red-shirt you ferried home from an unfortunate landing party mission, they are offering two different dangly air-freshener designs; either the Starfleet delta, or the Vulcan hand sign. Both come in packs of two.


Friday, 26 June 2015

New actor contracts lay the path to nuTrek movie #4

The nuTrek starring actors have reportedly earned themselves notable pay increases as they go into production of the third film in the current series, Star Trek Beyond. Most exciting for fans of the series though, is that the new contracts apparently include options for Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto (Kirk and Spock) that secure their place in a possible fourth film in the series.

That by no means confirms such a film will be made, but it's a good first step and perhaps a sign of Paramount's intent: That they are keen to secure the option to continue the series beyond the three films the main cast initially signed up for when production on the first nuTrek film began in 2007.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the renegotiated contracts came about because it had been so long since they first signed up, so the original agreements had technically lapsed. In exchange for securing their place in a further sequel Paramount has agreed to pay increases, that will see Chris Pine's earnings for the new film at around six-million dollars, reflecting his increased star status, compared to his newbie pay of six-hundred-thousand for the first film, and four times more than the one-and-a-half million he got for Into Darkness.

The pay increases for all the main cast are though to have added between ten and fifteen million to the budget of Star Trek Beyond. It has not been revealed if the other main cast, including other rising stars such as Zoe Saldana, have also been secured for the next sequel.