Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Doing the ebook shuffle

UPDATE: We interrupt this ebook news article with breaking novel news: Dayton Ward has just announced on Twitter that his post-The Fall TNG novel, due mid-2015, will be titled Armageddon's Arrow. He gave this short summary in a follow-up tweet:
I've been wanting to do a TNG story that's sort of TOS in flavor, with Picard & the gang encountering some weird alien stuff :)
Now, back to novellas: Just a few days ago a listing appeared for The Collectors, Christopher L. Bennett's latest ebook novella, and his third Department of Temporal Investigations story. Initially listed for an October release, if you look now you might notice it's been pushed back to December.

Fear not though ebook readers, for that has just made room for another of this year's new ebooks to find a publication slot. There are now listings up for Q are Cordially Uninvited..., a TNG novella set to show us the wedding of Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher, with a certain, undoubtedly uninvited, guest. This ebook now sits in the October slot. The listings also reveal the author, Rudy Josephs; a name that might seem familiar, as he has two previous stories under his belt, the most recent of which was the second nuTrek Starfleet Academy young adult novel, The Edge, which was published in 2010.

It also appears that  Scott Pearson's TOS novella, The More Things Change, has been brought forward a month, now due in June instead of July.

Less far off, this month sees the second Star Trek ebook of the year, Michael A. Martin's Seasons of Light and Darkness. Unless you've read it already, this one remains a bit of a mystery, as Simon and Schuster seem to have decided not to bother with a blurb this time. It has been previously established it will feature Doctor McCoy, early in the events of The Wrath of Khan. Simon and Schuster have now released an excerpt, which takes us back a little earlier in McCoy's timeline. You can read that, on their website.

Continue after the jump for reminder of all the ebooks on this way in the coming year:

Enterprise's final season bluray extras

Out this month is the fourth, and, lamentably, the final, season of Star Trek: Enterprise on bluray. Ahead of the US release, StarTrek.com have got the bluray producer, Robert Lay Jr. to talk about his experiences working on all the Enterprise blurays. Amongst that Lay also summarised the key extra features in this final season:
The centerpiece of the season four special features collection is the two-hour documentary film “BEFORE HER TIME: DECOMISSIONING ENTERPRISE.” This four-part documentary sheds light on the development and production of the series’ final season, still considered by fans as the show’s shining hour, with an amazing collection of episodes that finally helped the series fulfill its promise as the prequel chapter in the Star Trek saga. Almost every episode in this season helps bring the storytelling one step closer to the world of Star Trek: The Original Series.

To close out this Blu-ray collection, we’ve also put together another reunion piece: this time bringing together members of the show’s writing staff from all four seasons. Fans who’ve picked up the previous sets are well aware of the many drastic changes in the writing staff and creative direction during the show’s entire run. We felt it was really important to reunite the key group of individuals responsible for some of the more significant creative developments during the series’ run.

This feature-length writing staff reunion special tracks the complete creative arc of the series from its rocky beginnings to the chaotic and frantic development of the Xindi War story arc, and ultimately the highly satisfying mini-arcs developed for season four by writers and longtime Star Trek fans such as Coto, Mike Sussman, and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, who relished the opportunity to finally tell stories that could help lay the foundation for some of the classic elements first seen in The Original Series.

Since the show left the air in 2005, fans have been wondering about the lost tales of the NX-01 crew leading up to the founding of the Federation. Viewers will be thrilled to discover some of the incredibly mind-boggling plots and ideas Coto and company had planned for season five and beyond, including an origin tale for the cloud city of Stratos first seen in the TOS episode “The Cloud Minders,” a mini-series set in the Mirror Universe, more tales centered around the Gorn and the Orion Syndicate, and, more importantly, the complete details for the storyline cooked up by the Reeves-Stevens which was being considered by William Shatner to reprise his iconic role of Kirk… Tiberius Kirk!
CBS have also released an excerpt from the writers reunion:

DST searches for Spock, finds Kirk

At the past weekend's Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo Diamond Select Toys previewed two new additions to their Star Trek range. Expected in the autumn this year will be the fourth Excelsior class variant in their model starships range. Having gradually worked backwards through the timeline, the USS Excelsior NX-2000 will be joining the Enterprise-B, the battle damaged-B, and the Excelsior NCC-2000. Eagle-eyed starships fans should note the latest NX variation features not just a registration change, but a different bridge module and shuttle-bay, plus the area between the impulse engines is darker. Here's an image posted by DST on their Facebook page:

Also on display is DST's second bust bank, which is Captain Kirk, to join the existing Spock bust. Image again via Facebook:

Going back to The Search For Spock, also on the way this year is a phaser from that film. Entertainment Earth now have a listing up for that, suggesting an October release, and showing this new image:

They also give this pithy description:
Don't search for Spock while you're unarmed! Carry the famous phaser first seen in the third Star Trek movie, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock! With a removable Type 1 "cricket" phaser and a Type 2 pistol grip, this instantly recognizable Starfleet-issue Star Trek III Movie Phaser Light-Up Prop Replica with Sound features realistic lights and sound effects straight from the film. It's the latest advancement in role-playing technology!

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Book bits: DTI, Klingons, New Frontier, and Serpents

Some Star Trek books news. Starting with a little update on Christopher L. Bennett's third Department of Temporal Investigations story, the forthcoming ebook novella, The Collectors. Listings for this are now online, which gives it a release date on October this year. Bennett has previously spoken about the novella, which will feature the DTI's time travel technology storage facility, the Eridian Vault, and the 31st century temporal agent, Jena Noi.

Coming a little sooner is Keith R.A DeCandido's new Klingon "non-fiction" book, The Klingon Art of War. The G and T Show recently talked to DeCandido about the book, who summarised what the book will entail:
It's been written in the same vein as Sun Tzu's Art of War.. It's more like a philosophy book than anything; it's a guide on how to live your life as a proper warrior. I joked that it's my first self help book.
The way the book is structured is: The original book, The Klingon Art of War, was written and published not to long after Khaless's disappearance/ascension/whatever. And it was also after the the Hurq invasion.
We've got the original text, that was from a couple of thousand years ago, and that is followed by modern commentary by a modern Klingon author named Karatak, who was mentioned in passing in a Next gen episode in the second season, who provides this modern commentary; more anecdotes and such, on how the different precepts apply to more modern Klingons. This way I can use examples from the tv show, from the novels, as well as other stuff I made up.
Also due in May, and starting to show up right about now, is Jeff Mariotte's TOS movie-era return to A Private Little War's planet Neural, Serpents in the Garden. Simon and Schuster have now released an excerpt from this one, you can find all of chapter one, on their site.

Finally a little rumouring for New Frontier. Andorian fanatic and all-round Trek-fan, Therin of Andor, has posted on the TrekBBS, reporting news from a friend of his who apparently met Peter David at a recent comic convention in Salt Lake city, and informed Therin that Peter David mentioned there are plans afoot for a new New Frontier novel. If so it will be the first since Blind Man's Bluff in 2011.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Starships Collection previews

Ready for a look at the next few ships in The Official Starships Collection? Well, Things From Another World now have listings up for issue twenty-five, the USS Prometheus, and issue twenty-six, the 22nd century Tholian ship. Alas they are only previewing cover artwork, not the ships models this time:

These two should be showing up first in the UK, in July and August. Not quite so far off, Eaglemoss have also recently updated The Collection's website with preview images of issue twnty-one, the USS Enterprise-E, and issue twenty-two, the Krenim Temporal Weapon, which will be starting to appear in a month or so:

Finally, The Collection's Facebook page have also been previewing, with a high res look at the Vor'cha class model from issue twenty, as well as the cover and a spread from inside the magazine (which you can find after the jump):

Comic bits: July releases, photo-comic preview, and I, Enterprise excerpt

A few bits of comics news. Starting with the July line-up from IDW. There are three Star Trek title's in IDW's July solicitations. That's one less than I was expecting, as John Byrne's New Visions photo-comic series was in line for a release this month too, after the first issue in the bi-monthly series coming in May - Evidently it's not quite perfectly bimonthly! The three titles that are coming have already been previewed, as the two crossover titles, and classic bit of TOS, are all quite high profile. If you've missed all the news about them, here are the solicitation summaries:

Star Trek (ongoing) #35: The Q Gambit, Part 1
Written by Mike Johnson, with art and cover by Tony Shasteen, or a subscription photo-cover.
"The Q Gambit" begins here! The crew of the new STAR TREK film franchise encounters the classic Trek villain Q for the first time, only in this all-new 6-part galaxy-spanning adventure developed in associataion with screenwriter/producer Roberto Orci! The mischievous Q sends James T. Kirk on quest that will see the Enterprise joining forces with familiar faces from Star Trek lore, beginning with the crew of a certain space station…
Harlan Ellison’s The City on the Edge of Forever, The Original Teleplay #2
Written by Harlan Ellison, Scott Tipton and David Tipton, with art by J.K. Woodward. Cover by Juan Ortiz, or subscription cover by Paul Shipper.
Harlan Ellison’s Hugo and WGA Award-winning teleplay, visualized for the first time! Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Yeoman Rand return to the Enterprise following their first encounter with the Guardians of Forever, only to find a darker, more vicious crew of renegades awaiting them! Can they return the timestream to its proper state? And will they even survive long enough to try?
Star Trek Special: Flesh and Stone
Written by Scott and David Tipton, with art and covers by The Sharp Brothers.
When a Starfleet medical conference is crashed by a deadly metamorphic virus, Doctors Beverly Crusher, Julian Bashir and Katherine Pulaski have to race against time...to find a cure. The answers lie in the distant past, deep within the files of Dr. Leonard McCoy! All of Star Trek's medical officers team up for the first time ever!
While there is apparently not a photo-comic coming in July, John Byrne is still busy working on future issues, and has posted another preview from one of them on his forums. Here's the Enterprise encountering a newly created alien ship:

Finally, out this week is issue thirty-two of the nuTrek ongoing series, the second part of the Science Officer 0718 origin story, I, Enterprise. Here's a seven page preview (continues after the jump):

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Drex Files: New York World's Fair in the Trekverse

This year, this month in fact, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair, a showcase of innovation and futuristic architecture, themed on the Star-Trekian ideals of "Peace Through Understanding" and showcasing "Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe". Why do I mention this half century old exhibition here? Well the gleaming world presented at the Fair quickly found itself brought to life in the Star Trek future, with the futuristic designs making their way to distant worlds, starships, and other parts of future Earth. In this Drex Files in Exile, Doug Drexler guides us through the Fair's influence on him, and his predecessors, in Star Trek.

Doug Drexler, then and now.
Doug's life long love for the Fair began in his childhood, when he regularly visited:
Twice a week and for two summers, impressionable eleven year old Doug Drexler was dropped off by his Dad at the front gate of the world of tomorrow. It did not neccessitate a slingshot around the sun, nor did it call for call for Mr. Atoz and his Atavachron. The lad’s awe inspiring and futuristic destination was not some far flung decade, but then and there in 1964. It rose from the most unlikely of places… a landfill in Flushing Meadow. It was the New York World’s Fair, and it was the proverbial world of tomorrow. It would impress him to the core.

As Spock observed, time could be perceived as a river, with eddies and backwashes. Someone else was washed up onto that shore, and our paths undoubtedly crossed at the jetting waters of the iconic Unisphere, or trekked side by side along the undulating Kodak Moon Deck, or stood in line at Ford’s Magic Skyway. My fellow time traveler was Walter “Matt” Jefferies… aviator, illustrator, art director, and he would become one of the most important artistic influences in my life.

The 1964-65 New York World’s Fair was the largest international exhibition ever buit in the United States, and it was all about THE FUTURE. Never before, and never again would there be such an amazing conglomeration of optimistic, sci-fi, wet dream, futurism in one place. Matt Jefferies absorbed it all with intense fascination. And so the New York World’s Fair was the birthplace of the Star Trek design ethic. I would never be the same because of it…
Albert Whitlock Jr.'s Starbase 11 matte painting

The real world Starbase 11 at the World's Fair
Perhaps the most iconic influence of the Fair in Star Trek can be seen in the form of Starbase 11, as seen in the TOS episode Court Martial. The Starbase, depicted in Albert Whitlock Jr.'s iconic matte painting, includes the New York State Pavillion and the nearby Astro-View Towers, almost exactly duplicated on a distant alien world. Some of the few remaining structures at the original site, these have recently been declared a "National Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, paving the way for their ongoing preservation and restoration. Doug explains how these structures found there way into the Trekverse:
Long before there was Internet, there were World’s Fair’s. That’s how new ideas were introduced, and affluent American corporations opened their dream labs to the wide-eyed public. The NYWF was nicknamed “The Billion-Dollar Fair” and it’s official theme was Peace through Understanding. Robert Moses, the Fair’s chairman proclaimed that it “had something for everyone.” American industry was booming, and corporations had money to burn. Forty years later, Matt would tell Mike Okuda and I what an impression it had made on him. When he returned home to southern California, there was a message “… from a guy named Roddenberry.” The Fair’s impact on Star Trek would be considerable.
Continue after the jump to see where else in the Trekverse the Fair has found itself:

Cushions, bottle openers, and more of the latest Star Trek stuff

Feeling a lack of Star Trek in some corner of your life? Here are the latest Star Trek bits and pieces to plug those gaps:

ThinkGeek's latest TOS uniform product sees the Starfleet uniform design applied to cushions. You'll need to make sure you only place these on furniture made from the latest flame retardant materials, as the red one will attract phaser fire, lightning, and the like.

Another staple of recent Star Trek tie-in stuff is things shaped like the USS Enterprise. A few years ago the USS Enterprise bottle opener was released with a silvery finish, and now it's back in three new versions. You can now get the Enterprise in either white, black, or gold, each of which comes in a box to match the colour. I think the white one looks especially effective for the Enterprise:

Continue after the jump for lots more stuff, including puzzles, screen wipes, and busts:

Video game updates: Latest from Online, Timelines, and Infinity Wars

Here's some video game news. First up, Star Trek Online's latest round of updates includes a new Undine (aka Species 8472) lock-box, which introduces the usual assortment of new ships and equipment to players of the game. There are two Undine ships, the Nicor class bio-warship, and the Dromias class bio-cruiser.

Those ships come with special abilities: The Nicor class can summon other 8472 ships to create a lower-power version of the planet destroying weapon, while the Dromias can open a portal to Fluidic Space, flooding an area of normal space with liqudiy stuff that upsets other ships.

The equipment available via the lock box also includes Undine armour and weapons for characters, so everyone can dress up like a Species 8472:

You can find out more about the Undine lock-box on the STO website. The Undine focus is because Species 8472 are coming back into the spotlight in Online as the major adversary in the latest update, Season 9: A New Accord. This video introduces the new Undine Story arc, you'll find more details on STO's website:

Meanwhile another online Star Trek game is just starting to become a reality. Jon Radoff, CEO of Disruptor Beam, recently talked to Polygon about Star Trek Timelines, and gave this summary of what they hope to achieve with the game:
We've created this amazing galaxy generator which will populate what I think will be this big galaxy filled with content so there's always new things to explore and discover," Radoff said. "... and as you explore you run into conflicts, but the conflicts more often than not are not necessarily resolved by a phaser or with violence. It's going to be a big part of this game, leveraging the story elements, the crafting elements, a new tactical mission system that we're developing that will have the option to fight, yes, but also science will play a role, diplomacy, other kinds of non-violent problem resolution will be part of it because that's really what Star Trek is about.

It's something that historically Star Trek licenses have struggled with. People are consistently a little bit disappointed with a lot of Star Trek games, because most just become another combat simulator, with ship-to-ship combat or running around planets firing phasers at everything. That's not what we want to do.
Finally, another online game has just got a touch of Star Trek. Infinity Wars, an animated online card game, has just had a set of TNG cards added to the game. StarTrek.com have previewed the fun animations, which look like this (continues after the jump):

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Comic covers

Got some new comic covers to enjoy. First up, Amazon have added listing for two new omnibuses on the way from IDW. There's a particularly snazzy new cover (I think probably by Michael Stribling, but that's unconfirmed) for their second Gold Key Archives book, which collects together remastered versions of issues seven to twelve of the classic TOS comic series. This book is expected in October:

Boldly going... where it all started! Presenting the first comic book adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her crew! Fully remastered with new colors, Volume 2 collects the Gold Key issues #7-12, including stories such as "The Voodoo Planet," "The Legacy of Lazarus," "The Brain Shocker," and more.

Due in September is the eighth omnibus of the nuTrek ongoing series. This will be a bigger book than previous omnibuses in the series, containing six issues (rather than four) comprising three two-part stories: Parallel Lives, I, Enterprise, and Lost Apollo. The next story after these is the six-parter, The Q Gambit, so I guess they wanted to make sure these were all sorted before releasing that whole story as Volume Nine. The cover reuses Joe Corroney's artwork for issue thrity-three, part one of Lost Apollo.

The new Five Year Mission of the Enterprise continues as Captain Jane Tiberius Kirk and her crew encounter a never-before-seen enemy in deep space! That's right... Jane Kirk. Plus, the crew of the Enterprise have never faced a threat like the one they face now: their own ship!

Finally StarTrek.com have posted the two covers for July's second issue in Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever, The Original Teleplay. The standard cover will be one of Juan Ortiz's retro designs, while Paul Shipper will be providing the subscriber variant cover:

The adventure sends Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Yeoman Rand back to the Enterprise following their first encounter with the Guardians of Forever, only to find a darker, more vicious crew of renegades awaiting them. Can they return the timestream to its proper state? And will they even survive long enough to try?
For more information and links to my previous coverage on all the current Star Trek comics, hit the "comics" button on my schedule page.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Latest Starships Collection details

A few bits of news from The Official Starships Collection: Starting with the latest previews from StarTrek.com, who have posted new images and descriptions of the models and magazines coming as issues twenty and twenty-one, the Klingon Vor'cha class, and the USS Enterprise-E:

The die-cast model is carefully based on the original studio model, and carries the original TNG paint scheme rather than the more colorful version that was used when the ship appeared on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The accompanying magazine looks at how Rick Sternbach redesigned the classic Klingon battle cruiser for the 1990s and explores the writing staff’s plan to reinvent the Klingons as a cross between Viking and Samurai warriors.

Every time this Enterprise appeared there were subtle differences and the die-cast model is based on the CG version of the ship that was created for Star Trek: Insurrection. The accompanying magazine takes a look at John Eaves’ original design concepts and the complicated history of the physical and CG models that were used onscreen.

The Collection's website has also been updated recently, with a new images revealing the Vor'cha cover:

StarTrek.com also recently announced the next country The Collection will be launching in will be Japan, where it's set to start in May. The series will be distributed by Deagostini, and like the test run in Japan last year will feature more extravagant packaging than the rest of the world, with each magazine and modelling coming in a large box (see my previous report for a look at how those work).

The Japanese website is a different design to all the others, but offers the same basic subscription package with the same extra bits for subscribers. The Japanese site pictures a completely different design Borg Cube to that has been released to UK subscribers, or pictured on any of the other international sites, who knows if Japan will actually get a different model.

Finally, The Collection's Facebook page recently posted a survey for UK readers. They want to know how much interest there would be in a couple of extra product ranges they are thinking about creating. Specifically they have floated the idea of doing more dedication plaque replicas (following the Enterprise-D one offered to subscribers), suggesting doing the Enterprises, Voyager, Defiant, and Prometheus. The other idea floated is some sort of special edition of the Star Trek Haynes Manuals, which were written by The Collection's project manager, Ben Robinson. They don't specify what form this specialness will take; I guess we'll find out if the survey gets a positive response.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Book bits: Ships of the Line 2, and pop-ups!

It's an all "non-fiction" books news today. Starting with exciting news that there's a second Ships of the Line book on the way! StarTrek.com have announced a new hardcover book will collect just about all the images from the Ships of the Line calendar series, including al those previously published in the first Ships of the Line book back in 2006, plus an additional seventy-five images from calendars since then. Doug Drexler and Margaret Clark will be returning to edit, with text commentary from Michael Okuda.

The newly expanded book is due out in October, which I think makes it very likely this is the recent mysterious Untitled Star Trek book which has appeared in listings.

If pages and pages of pretty starships in plain old 2D just aren't exciting enough for you, then you'll be pleased to know the new Star Trek Pop-Ups book will be following in November. The book will be written by Star Trek regulars Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann, with pop-up art by Courtney Watson McCarthy. Amazon have now released a cover for this one, which features the TOS movie-era Enterprise. But fear not, the book is set to feature pop-ups from across the franchise, including Borg, Klingons, and Captain Proton!

A closer look at Hallmark's 2014 Star Trek Keepsake ornaments

Hallmark have released their 2014 "Dreambook", their catalogue of Keepsake Christmas tree ornaments. Following the same format of the past few years, there are three Star Trek decorations this year: A starship, with light effects, which this year is the USS Vengeance. A figurine in the Star Trek Legends series, with Mr Sulu joining the crew this time. And a TOS diorama with sound effects, which this time depicts Spock and the Horta from The Devil in the Dark. Here's the Star Trek page from the Dreambook:

Hallmark have also, already, put up the product pages for each ornament on their website. The Vengeance and Sulu pages include new big images of both. The Horta scene doesn't yet have a new photo, instead using the old concept art, but you can hear the soundclip the ornament will play if you visit the page. Here are the images of the other two; doesn't the Vengeance look amazing!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Q drops in on nuTrek, and other comics news

July is looking like it's going to be pretty exciting for Star Trek comics. io9 have announced issue thirty-five of the nuTrek ongoing series will be the first in a six part story featuring Q! io9 spoke to the series' writer, Mike Johnson, about The Q Gambit, who revealed a few details about the story, including what it is that draws Q to the new timeline:
At first: curiosity. A beloved Trek character from the original timeline makes a cameo appearance at the beginning of the story (issue #35) and tries to convince Q to leave the new timeline alone. But Q can't resist a new sandbox to play in and cool new toys to play with: toys like Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew. Ultimately we'll learn that there is something unique to the new timeline that affects Q directly, although he would rather the humans not know what it is.

Johnson also revealed that this will take place at the leading edge of Q's personal timeline, so all the Q adventures we already known from the prime-timeline have already occured from his point of view. Johnson also talked a little about Q's take on nuKirk and Spock:
Q is intrigued by Kirk's refusal to accept no-win scenarios. It drives him a little crazy, actually. Spock is more of a puzzle for Q given that he is only half-human. For Kirk and Spock, Q presents a challenge on an order of magnitude beyond what they've encountered in their still-young careers. Nero and Khan were dangerous, but neither had control over space and time the way Q does.
UPDATE: StarTrek.com have now posted about this too, and their summary seems to suggest even more crossover in this series:
...the mischievous Q sends James T. Kirk on a quest that will witness the Enterprise joining forces with familiar faces from Trek lore, beginning with the crew of a very familiar space station.
So there's only really one "very familiar space station" in Star Trek, Deep Space 9 (sorry Vanguard). With six issues to play with, could we be seeing Q take the nuTrek crew into crossovers with each of the other Trek series? (I've no inside information, just speculating.)

StarTrek.com also confirm the new-to-Trek artist credited on the cover is Tony Shasteen, who's previous credits include Batman and Vampire Diaries comics.

Also recently announced for July is the first ever all prime-series crossover comic, Flesh and Stone, which IDW have now posted a slightly longer description of in their press release:
Star Trek Special: Flesh and Stone, written by longtimeStar Trek scribes Scott and David Tipton, takes place at a Starfleet medical conference, which is crashed by a deadly metamorphic virus. The EMH and Doctors Beverly Crusher, Julian Bashir and Katherine Pulaski (with some help from Leonard McCoy and Phlox) join forces in a race against time to find a cure - only to discover that the answers lie in another place and time! The clock is ticking and only the medical officers of Starfleet can save the day.
And as if that's not enough excitement for one month, July will also see the release of issue two in John Byrne's New Visions photo-comic series. Byrne recently posted a few panels from that issue on his forums:
One of the little things I've started doing -- part of the whole "characters appearing even tho they don't have dialog -- is spotting various guest stars into the backgrounds. People who played a character on one episode, and then were gone. For instance, in the second issue is a short backup that has a three panel appearance by Marla Magivers. It takes place before the Khan story, so I figured she'd be wandering around somewhere!

Chris Ryall also recently posted a preview from one of the photo-comics on his blog. This page has a different sort a guest star, with Gabriel Rodriguez, the artist of IDW's Lock and Key series, appearing:

Back on Byrne's forums, Byrne also gave some details on the eventual omnibus edition of the New Visions comics: The first omnibus will contain three of the double-length issues, including the first photo-comic, which was released as a stand-alone annual. That issue is also set for a reprint to coincide with the publication of issue one of the ongoing series, and will have a rebranded cover, putting under the New Visions banner.