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Thursday, 28 June 2007
And this bit of internal artwork from a future issue of the series, check out Messina's blog for a step by step break down of how this one was made:
The third issue of Blood Will Tell is out (a bit later than it's scheduled June) next week.
A Diamond Select Release! Featuring the return of the 1970’s style retro cloth figures, this follow-up release contains the impeccably logical Mr. Spock and one of the rarest figures from the original release, the Andorian soldier! Utilizing the original sculpts, these reproductions…
- measure approximately 9” tall
- feature classic cloth uniforms and accessories
- comes in retro-style packaging
The first wave is out next month consisting of Kirk and a Klingon.
My favourite new addition is a page for the animated series version of Chekov... who did not appear in the series, but now has his very own TAS style portrait.
Wednesday, 20 June 2007
Now that the first assortment of Star Trek Retro Cloth Figures is nearing its July release date, set your phasers to “stunning” and check out this retro-inspired packaging! Based on the original packaging style debuted in the mid 70’s, these 8 inch classics are sure to bring back the fondest of memories for Star Trek fans worldwide!
This new clamshell style packaging features a hinged opening. Perfect for collectors that want to display the figure in the package but still want the option of taking them out. More details on the summer release and detailed information on this exciting line from DST is coming soon.
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
In the vast Star Trek universe, many diverse alien races abound, and now they finally get their due! Presenting a series of one-shots, each by a different creative team and featuring a different Star Trek alien race. In the debut issue, the spotlight shines on the Gorn, courtesy of the Klingons: Blood Will Tell team of Scott & David Tipton and artist David Messina. After their shuttlecraft crash-lands on an uncharted planet, Captain Terrell and Commander Chekov calculate that their odds of survival are somewhat decreased when they find themselves facing off against an army of Gorn warriors. Zach Howard (Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Space Between) provides covers for the entire series, and this issue's artist, David Messina, contributes a variant cover, too.
The Tipton's and
Captain James T. Kirk becomes suspicious of his crew after returning from the devastated colony on Phi-11. Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy try to reassure him that nothing's wrong—unless Kirk's two most trusted friends are in on the plot, too. What has infected the crew, and how—and who's left to help Kirk regain control of the ship? The Original Crew's return to comic book greatness continues here with this standalone tale written by David Tischman (Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Space Between) and illustrated by Steve Conley, with an additional cover by Joe Corroney.
And finally the official announcement of the The Space Between omnibus edition:
In the first collection of this special miniseries, travel to Tigan-7, Kandom 9, uncharted space, and more—each leading the dedicated crew of the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise into unexpected adventures. If you enjoyed watching Star Trek: The Next Generation on television, get ready for the comics adventure you've been waiting for.
I've complained about plot holes in The Space Between, but never the less it's a good series, should be worth getting the omnibus if you haven’t bothered with the individual issues. Interesting how the blurb cites Kandom 9, as did the blurb for the second comic which actually featured the planet Rajatha Prime. It also appears the omnibus will be using cover art from issue five of the miniseries.
Saturday, 16 June 2007
Book 2: The Oppressor's Wrong by Phaedra M. Weldon
Book 3: The Insolence of Office by William Leisner
Book 4: That Sleep of Death by Terri Osborne
Book 5: A Weary Life by Robert Greenberger
Book 6: Enterprises of Great Pitch and Moment by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Thursday, 14 June 2007
The basic concept is Kirk vs Picard with set up concepts currently being voted on including a cryogenically frozen Kirk, the two captains meeting in the present day, an alternate timeline where Kahn is up to no good and a bit of Guardian of Forever craziness.
Find out more and enter the competition (if you’re American) here.
Wednesday, 6 June 2007
Tuesday, 5 June 2007
Covers: 1 2 3
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5
The third in the Vanguard series, this months novel is "Reap the Whirlwind" by David Mack. This month’s eBook, from the Corps of Engineers series, is "Signs from Heaven" by Phaedra M. Weldon.
Two comics from IDW this month, the final issue of TNG: The Space Between by David Tischman. And the third issue of Klingon: Blood Will Tell by Scott and David Tipton, this one set around the episode "A Private Little War".
A couple of things from Diamond Select Toys this month, the Kirk Statute from their Landing Party diorama (which seems to be late from last month), with Spock and McCoy to finish the set later on and the Latest repaint of their
This month should see the July/August, issue 133, or 6 in the
-IDW June releases.
-Joe Corroney cover for Blood Will Tell issue 3.
Monday, 4 June 2007
Tischman describes writing Year Four as his personnel Kobayashi Maru, and to be very different from his TNG series The Space Between. Continuing the Star Trek II analogy he explains how he loves the film and Kahn, but (as one would assume given Kahn was busy being marooned at the time) Kahn will not be appearing in Year Four, and neither will the Klingons and Romulans which he feels are a bit over used, noting IDW are already doing Klingons in the miniseries Klingons: Blood Will Tell and Romulans were used in Nemesis not long ago.
Personally I disagree about Romulans, I don't see any Romulans: Ears are Pointy miniseries announced yet and Nemesis is there first film after no less than four films featuring Klingons and involvement from the species in most of the rest. Not to worry though, they are getting an issue in IDW’s Alien Spotlight miniseries later this year. Anyway, back to interview highlights:
Getting onto the TV TOS Tischman explains "I actually have a huge fondness for the lesser-used characters, Nurse Chapel and Commander Kyle and Riley and I wish Yeoman Rand was still around for the fourth season, but she's not." Nice to see the more minor characters might get some attention whilst Kirk Spock and McCoy still get to have all the fun.
Further on Tischman explains how issue one and two are done, issue three is being done and issue four is an outline whilst the final two issues are still to be sorted. The interview, which can be seen in full here, also has the first five pages of art from issue one and covers for the first three issues, one of which is premier. The artwork is a bit flat, certainly less dynamic than what had previously been released as preview for the series (link), however it is somewhat reminiscent of the Gold Key comics which I suppose is a nice touch and it's also nice to see both Arex and M'Ress from The Animated Series getting some page time.
I've enjoyed The Space Between, but have felt the series’ major flaw is the writing which has consistently delivered plot holes in every issue. On the flip side Tischman really does master the voices of the characters and in the interview states he'd consciously put more effort into Year Four, so here's hoping he delivers. I'm looking forward to it.
A Diamond Select Release! The second piece in the Star Trek: Icons line is none other than Captain Jean-Luc Picard! Whether investigating the Romulan Neutral Zone or solving mysteries on the Holodeck as Dixon Hill, now you can add the intrepid commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D to young collection. Sculpted by Bill Mancuso and limited to 1,701 pieces, each bust features a hand-numbered base with matching window box and Certificate of Authenticity.
Due in October, as is the "Where no Man Has Gone Before" edition USS Enterprise model.
The comparison gallery has also been given an overhaul making it abit easier to navigate, which is nice. They have also updated their wallpapers section with some new remastered ones.
For more images and to join the discussion on the design visit the thread here.
For more of Tourangeau's work check out his website and DeviantART page.