Sunday, 20 July 2014

Books Bits: Takedown blurb and Cross Cult updates

NOT the cover of Takedown
Due out next February is John Jackson Miller's first Star Trek novel, the TNG/Aventine story, Takedown. Amazon have now added a blurb for the book to their listings. Spoilers ahoy:
An all-new novel of Star Trek: The Next Generation—one of the most popular Star Trek series of all-time, featuring the adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise!

When renegade starships wreak destruction across the quadrant, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are shocked to discover the mastermind behind this sudden threat: none other than Picard’s protégé and friend, Admiral William T. Riker. The newly minted admiral is on special assignment aboard the U.S.S. Aventine, helmed by Captain Ezri Dax—someone who is no stranger to breaking Starfleet regulations. Her starship is by far the faster vessel…and Riker cannot yield, even to his former mentor. It’s a battle of tactical geniuses and a race against time as Picard struggles to find answers before the quadrant’s great powers violently plunge into total war…

Other books news today comes from German publisher Cross Cult, continue after the jump for all the latest from them:

Figures: Funko gets a goatee, and elementary bobble-heads

It appears Funko will be expanding their Star Trek Pop! vinyl range, by one at the very least: Entertainment Earth have added a listing for a mirror universe Spock figure, which is due this September as a Previews exclusive:

This new Spock follow's last year's release of six TOS figures (including a regular Spock), and four The Big Bang Theory crossover designs. No news yet whether there will be any other new Trek characters this year.

There is an update for another stylised Trek figurine though: Entertainment Earth have also posted a video preview of the Comic Con exclusive Sherlock Holmes themed Data and Geordi bobble-head two-pack:

Ships bits: SDCC event, DST Enterprise-A, and more

Here's some starships news, starting with details of a ship-centric event at the San Diego Comic Con next week. report there will be a Ships of the Line panel on Thursday July 24th, which will see:
...a team of Star Trek designers showcase the art and inspiration of Star Trek’s most famous Ships of the Line and explore why starships have fascinated and inspired fans for nearly 50 years.

Panelists include John Eaves, Andrew Probert, Doug Drexler, John Goodson, Greg Jein and Mike Okuda and every fan who attends the panel will be given a starship collectible from Eaglemoss.
Sounds like a ship-lovers dream! I know Doug Drexler has been working on the new covers for the forthcoming expanded edition of the Ships of the Line book; I wonder if they might also reveal that at the event?

Now to more tangible ships: DST have formally announced they will be reissuing their USS Enterprise-A electronic starship. The new version will be based on the Enterprise as seen in The Undiscovered Country, and promises a new paint-job, lighting, and sounds.

Entertainment Earth already have a pre-order up, and are expecting to be shipping her from January next year. Meanwhile posted details of all the sounds, promising it will include alert, impulse engines, phasers, photon torpedoes, warp drive engaging and transporters, as well as dialogue from all three films to feature the A, specifically:
Kirk: "My friends, we've come home."
McCoy: "What's the matter Jim?"
Kirk: "I miss my old chair."
Kirk: "Engine room, we'll need all the power you can muster, mister."
Kirk: "Let's see what she's got."
Kirk: "Kirk to Scotty, lower shields."
Sulu: "We stand ready to assist you."
Uhura: "Mr. Spock, Starfleet is screaming."
Chekov: "We must respond personally."
Scotty: "Captain, she's packing quiet a wallop."
Kirk: "Where's that damned torpedo!"
McCoy: "She's ready Jim, lock and load!"
Kirk: "FIRE!"
Kirk: "Once again we've saved civilization as we know it."
Spock: "If I were human, I believe my response would be "Go to hell.""
Kirk: "Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning. "

Continue after the jump for even more ships, including QMx's Enterprise refit, the latest from Eaglemoss, and more Ships of the Line:

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Comic panels: Q Gambit, Flesh and Stone, City on the Edge, and New Visions previews!

Here's a smorgasbord of Star Trek comics updates and previews, something from all the current titles from IDW in fact. First up, via Tumblr, IDW editor Chris Ryall, posted this exciting two-page spread from the second issue of the The Q Gambit, the DS9 crossover story in the nuTrek ongoing series, which started this month. No text on this yet, just pure Tony Shasteen artwork:

Also posted by Ryall was this page of art, pre and post colouring, by The Sharp Brothers, from this week's medical crossover one-shot, Flesh and Stone (see a five-page preview in my previous report):

Continue after the jump for the latest updates from The City on the Edge of Forever and New Visions:

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Starships Collection's Valdore and runabout

Listings for two more ships in The Official Starships Collections have appeared on Entertainment Earth, giving us the first look at issue thrirty-one, the Romulan warbird Valdore, and issue thirty-two, the Danube class runabout (which I believe will specifically be the USS Orinoco). Entertainment Earth posted a photo of the Valdore model, but only the magazine cover for the runabout:

These two will be be arriving first in the UK, this October, with the US to follow in December, and other parts of the world following on in 2015.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

IDW's October Star Trek comics

IDW have released their October solicitations, and it's another bummer month for Star Trek releases, with three new issues, and an omnibus on the way:

Star Trek (nuTrek ongoing) #38: The Q Gambit, Part 4
Written by Mike Johnson, with art and cover by Tony Shasteen, or a subscription variant photo-cover
The STAR TREK event of 2014 continues in Part 4 of “The Q Gambit!” Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise find themselves in a true no-win scenario thanks to the mischievous Q! Trapped in a dark future, at the mercy of the mighty Dominion, this adventure might prove to be their last! Don't miss this all-new story produced in association with STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci!

Harlan Ellison's The City on the Edge of Forever, The Original Teleplay, Part 5
Written by Harlan Ellison, Scott Tipton, and David Tipton, with art by J.K. Woodward. Cover by Juan Ortiz, or subscription variant cover by Paul Shipper.
The final act of Harlan Ellison’s Hugo and WGA Award-winning Star Trek teleplay! Is James T. Kirk willing to sacrifice the woman he loves, to save the universe as he knows it?! You may have seen the episode, but you only think you know how it ends! From the mind of literary legend Harlan Ellison!

New Visions #3: Cry Vengeance
Written, photo-manipulated, and cover by John Byrne.
John Byrne continues his new Star Trek photonovel adventures with two tales for the price of one, as the crew of the Starship: Enterprise faces a menace three millions years in the making, plus something more recent but no less deadly. Presenting a follow-up to the classic episode "The Doomsday Machine," as well as “Robot,” a brand-new tale of murder and mystery.

New Visions omnibus
Written, photo-manipulated, and cover by John Byrne.
John Byrne presents all-new TOS episodes like you've never seen them before! Including the 2013 photonovel Annual, “Strange New Worlds,” as well as the feature-length stories “The Mirror Cracked,” and "Time’s Echo"–done in all-new fumetti style by one of the greatest living comic book artists!

Note the alien face among the many heads on this omnibus, perhaps a look at something to come in Time's Echo next month.

Set phasers to channel hop

The Wand Company, who have previously brought to the world Harry Potter magic wand, and Doctor Who sonic screwdriver, remote controls, have announced a new TOS phaser remote control. The gesture control universal remote works from both the detachable type-1 phaser, and the larger type-2 phaser pistol, adding extra functions once the type-1 is redocked, allowing you to control your infra-red remote controlled devices with a simple wave of your phaser.

As well as the fun of phasering your TV, this also sounds like it will also be a really good prop reproduction, with the remote being built using laser scans of one of the original props, and then constructed from die-cast metal, nickel and brass plated, plastic, rubber, painted and lacquered components. It also has light and sound effects, with the dial on the top of the phaser used to select the sound, and other moving and functional components, such as the raising targeting scope on top of the type-1. It all comes in a pretty snazzy case, and when not in the case, sits on a magnetic stand.

ThinkGeek expect to be shipping them in November, and it will also be available from Forbidden Planet in the UK. Continue after the jump for (lots) more photos, and more information about the prop reproduction.

A mirror universe summer holiday

Just in time to head off to the beach this summer, ThinkGeek have released their new mirror universe beach towel, using Juan Ortiz's retro poster design for the episode Mirror, Mirror:

This is the latest in an ever growing range of stuff based on Ortiz's designs, which includes posters, T-shorts, glasses, coasters, trading cards, a diary, and a book. What will be next I wonder.

Locutus bobble-head

Entertainment Earth and Bif Bang Pow have announced another San Diego Comic Con exclusive bobble-head, Locutus of Borg. As with their other exclusives, this assimilated Picard will be available first at Comic Con, but Entertainment Earth are also taking pre-orders, so those not attending have a chance to get any left over bobble-heads, which will be shipped after the event.

You can get a closer look in this video Entertainment Earth posted:

Locutus is the third exclusive bobble-heading announced for Comic Con, joining Seven of Nine in a red dress, and Holmesian versions of Date and Geordi. Continue after the jump for a reminder of those other releases:

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Flesh and Stone preview

Out this week is IDW's first ever Star Trek Special, the one-shot comic Flesh and Stone, which will also be their first ever crossover featuring characters from all five TV series, with the story focusing on The Doctor (from Voyager), and Doctors Bashir, Crusher, Pulaski, McCoy, and Phlox. Doctor M'Benga and Nurse Chapel even show up briefly too. This medical crossover is brought to us by the Qualcomm Tricorder Xprize, so you can expect a certain piece of technology to play a key role in the story.

This story is significant in Star Trek publishing history for a few reasons: Phlox's appearance here marks the first time an Enterprise character has made a significant appearance in comics - There have been a few nods and references, and indeed Phlox himself appeared in a single panel as part of a flashback in one of IDW's earliest series, Klingons: Blood Will Tell, but this is the first time he's had any serious story time in Star Trek comics.

This might also seem to suggest something going on with IDW's Star Trek licensing arrangement. Previously they have only published TOS, TNG, and nuTrek comics, plus very briefly they had a go at a couple of DS9 stories. Now we have all the series involved in this crossover, and DS9 returning in the nuTrek crossover story, The Q Gambit. Of course characters from Voyager, DS9, and the aforementioned Phlox flashback have shown up in IDW comics before, so it remains to be seen if this is actually an indication of IDW broadening their licensing arrangements, or just some one-off atypically-significant cameos.

This is also significant in crossover history. To the best of my recollections there has only been one other story to feature characters from all five TV series (managing four is relatively common, but five seems to have been a stretch too far for most other crossovers). That was Keith R.A. DeCandido's The Brave and the Bold, which not only featured the main five crews, but a whole host of guest ship crews too! Also comparable is the short story Mirror Eyes, by Jeffrey Lang and Heather Jarman,  from the anthology Tales of the Dominion War: Another medical mystery, with similar ambition to this new comic story, bringing together Bashir, Crusher, McCoy, an EMH (but not The Doctor), and making use of Phlox's logs.

But now, onwards with this new story, written by the Scott and David Tipton, with art by Rob and Joe Sharp. The five-page preview below continues after the jump: