Friday, 17 May 2013

Comics round up: After Darkness, August releases, timeline, and latest covers

Lots of comics new for you, starting with news of a new comic series tie-in to Into Darkness, Roberto Orci tweeted to confirm there will be a four-part prequel series exploring the character of John Harrison, coming in the fall:
Ask and ye shall receive. IDW Pubishing IS going to do a 4-issue John Harrison miniseries this fall!
Before then though, we're heading into events after the film. Here's a first look at After Darkness; the three-part comic sequel to Into Darkness, which will comprise issues twenty-one to twenty-three, of the Star Trek ongoing series. Wired posted these two preview pages (pages 10 and 13 from Part 1):

 

Wired also posted an interview with the series writer, Mike Johnson, where he gave a vague outline of where he'll be going next:
You’ll see immediately on the first page of [the story] that it’s very much a sequel in terms of plot. Things happen in the movie that can’t be ignored going forward, and we will see the repercussions play out over the months to come. It’s also a character-based sequel, as we see how the crew reacts to the events of the movie, and what it means for their relationships going forward.
I’m aiming for a combination of two things going forward. First, all-new worlds and stories that expand the galaxy as we know it, and second, a larger epic story about the clash of civilizations. And I’m not just talking about the Klingons vs. the Federation. The map of the Star Trek galaxy is divided into established empires and the great unknown. I want to explore both.”
IDW have also given us some idea of where what's next with the release of their August solicitations, which give us the first details of Star Trek ongoing issue twenty-four, a sequel to Star Trek: The Video Game:

Star Trek (ongoing) #24
Written by Mike Johnson. Art by Claudia Balboni. Cover by Tim Bradstreet, with retail incentive sketch and photo covers.
The adventures of Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise crew continue in an all-new adventure that follows the events of the hit film STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and the new STAR TREK video game! A classic enemy returns in this story overseen by STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci. Beware... THE GORN!
 

IDW have also released an interactive timeline, explaining the timeline divergence, and placing all the ongoing comics.


They suggest the following chronological order for the ongoing series:
If you've missed the ongoing series so far, IDW are going to try and tempt you with their latest 100 Penny Press release (reprints of their comics for one dollar), which is Star Trek (ongoing) #1. Details of that and other upcoming reprints, after the jump:

IDW's August solicitations include two reprints, the 100 Penny Press release, and the new Best of Klingons omnibus, which includes an awesome new cover by the Sharp Brothers:

100-Penny Press - Star Trek (ongoing) #1
Written by Mike Johnson. Art by Stephen Molnar. Cover by Tim Bradstreet
The Hundred Penny Press returns! One dollar versions of crucial IDW books! First up, STAR TREK #1! The ongoing series that picked up where the blockbuster 2009 film left off! Featuring the new cast of the film, these missions re-imagine the stories from the original series in the alternate timeline created by the film, along with new threats and characters never seen before! With creative collaboration from STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci!

Best of Klingons
Written by Scott Tipton, David Tipton, and Mike W. Barr. Art by David Messina, Tom Sutton, and Ricardo Villigran. Cover by The Sharp Brothers
Sharpen your bat'leth and prepare for war in this collection of unforgettable Klingon tales from the Star Trek universe. Including the original 4-part DC start to The Original Series as well as the 6-issue "Klingons: Blood Will Tell" series by Scott and David Tipton, this volume is fierce and loyal to the Empire. Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam!

Meanwhile the UK version of the Countdown to Darkness omnibus, which has just been published by Titan Books, has also been released in a photo cover, using the Into Darkness international poster:


Amazon have also updated their listing for the paperback omnibus of Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes, switching the cover art to Phil Jimenez's cover, originally from the fifth issue in the series:


Finally at the most extravagant end of the reprint market, StarTrek.com have released some more images showing some of the artwork and prints that will be coming with the limited edition IDW Limited versions of the first Star Trek ongoing omnibus (see my previous report for more details on that):


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