Friday, 26 August 2016

IDW's November Star Trek comics

IDW have released their November solicitations, which include no less than four Star Trek titles; including two new comics, and two omnibuses. Continue below for all the details.

Boldly Go #2 will, as ever, be written by Mike Johnson, with art by Tony Shasteen. Here's the blurb, which reveals a lot of the set-up for the post-Beyond pre-Enterprise-A adventures of the crew:
The blockbuster series continues with an all-new STAR TREK adventure set after the events of STAR TREK BEYOND! Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S Endeavour encounter a new threat to the Federation, but one very familiar to STAR TREK fans! Meanwhile, Spock and Uhura face an uncertain future on New Vulcan!
The book will be offered in four different covers. The main cover featuring a pretty exciting image of Sulu about to quantum leap... is by George Caltsoudas. Tony Shasteen provides the subscription cover, which continues a series that will through the first six issues of the series, with each cover focused on a different member of the Enterprise crew. Two further covers have yet to be revealed, but one will be a photo cover, and the cover will feature art by Marc Laming. Note the covers feature a pretty sharp new title treatment for the series. Boldly going indeed!



The other new comic of the month is Waypoint #2, which features two stories. Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore, together with artist Gordon Purcell give us a Gold Key inspired tale. While Sam Maggs writes a red-shirt focused story illustrated by Rachael Stott. Here's the blurb:
This month, two stories from different ends of the galaxy! First, a GOLD KEY homage from New York Times best-selling Star Trek author Dayton Ward, with Trek novelist and collaborator Kevin Dilmore, and art by Gordon Purcell (Star Trek), where Kirk and Spock find an uncharted planet inhabited by monstrous robots! And finally, a story by Sam Maggs, bestselling author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, with art by Rachael Stott (Star Trek, Doctor Who). Learn the backstory of Yeoman Leslie Thompson, the first and ONLY female redshirt to die in the ORIGINAL SERIES!
This book will be available in three covers, the main one, yet to be revealed, by David Malan. The subscription cover, which we can see, by Gordon Purcell. Plus a retail incentive Gold Key style cover, also not yet shown.


Speaking of classic comics, the month will also bring Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics, Volume 2, the latest book in the long awaited reprints of the early UK comics. Artist who worked on the original strips include Carlos Piño, Vicente Alcázar, John Stokes, and Harold Johns. Here's the blurb:
This second volume fills in another major gap in Star Trek lore, courtesy of these never-before reprinted comics that originally appeared in weekly British magazines in the early 1970s. There's much to love about these wonky, way-out writings and their atypical artwork. These oft-forgotten Star Trek tales represent a different era. They're lost gems with many facets and a unique perspective, an eccentric corner of Star Trek history unlike any other. These are the U.K. voyages of the starship Enterprise—and, now, at last, fans everywhere can experience them.

As a special bonus, Rich Handley provides the first half of a detailed encyclopedia of all things Star Trek from these British comics. Exploring the minutiae is half the fun of enjoying a franchise, and when it comes to Trek, there's no end of trivia to devour!

A second omnibus for the month brings us the final volume collecting stories from the first Kelvin timeline ongoing series, Star Trek, Volume 13. All the issues within were written and illustrated by the regular team of Mike Johnson and Tony Shasteen.
All-new stories set in the universe of the new Star Trek films! In “Legacy of Spock” the elder Spock joins the last survivors of Vulcan to search the galaxy for a new home. Then, in “Altered Encounters” the Five Year Mission continues for the Enterprise, as Captain Kirk and the crew encounter… themselves! Collects issues #55–60.

But wait, there's more, thanks to Amazon's listings we can peak into December's releases, which will include New Visions, Volume 4, the latest collection from John Byrne's photo-comic series. Here's the blurb, and new cover art:
John Byrne presents all-new, feature-length tales set in the Star Trek: The Original Series universe, done in a unique, one-of-a-kind photomontage style. In “Mister Chekov,” find out what roles the navigator played aboard the Enterprise before his promotion to the starboard seat; in “Of Woman Born” Dr. McCoy confronts Captain Kirk with a staggering discovery–Lt. Carolyn Palamas is pregnant with the child of Apollo. Or is she?; and in "Swarm," an alien threat that numbers in the millions appears and star systems are already dying. What can the crew of the Enterprise do–alone?

For full listings of all the upcoming Star Trek comic releases, and links to my previous coverage, hit the comics button on my 2016 schedule page. You can also find further comics series reading lists on Trek Collective Lists.



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