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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Through the Mirror #3 preview

We're at the mid-point in IDW's weekly-release TNG mirror universe comic miniseries, Through the Mirror now, with issue three released a few days ago giving us a particularly entertaining Barclay-focused chapter. The art duties on this story are being switched up each issue, with Josh Hood illustrating for this book, plus J.K. Woodward working on the secondary story running through the whole series. Both stories are written by Scott and David Tipton.

Like the other books in the series, this issue is available in five covers, with Troi the focus of most of them:  J.K. Woodward connected cover series continues on the A cover, which will at some point also be available as a convention exclusive uncoloured variant. The B cover is by the issue artist, Hood, coloured by Jason Lewis, and features mirror and prime versions of Troi. And then there are two retail incentive covers, both continuing series through the miniseries; a photo-cover featuring  Worf, and a portrait of Troi by Peter McKinstry.

Continue below to check out all those covers, and a five page preview!


Bridge Crew VR game gets TNG expansion

Just about a year after the release of Ubisoft's virtual reality Star Trek video game, Bridge Crew, it looks like your crew can rest assured there is plenty of new life, and indeed new civilisations, to be found in the game, thanks to a newly announced expansion! Due for release in a couple of days time is package of TNG content, that includes the USS Enterprise-D as a playable ship in the game, and the accompanying bridge and character options that entails (including being able to make yourself into a Soong-type android).

The expansion will also see the Romulans and Borg added to the game, and two new mission types to play: Patrol, and Resistance, with the latter being a mixture of endurance and treasure hunting while seeking to survive and defeat a Borg Cube, as was described on the Playstation blog by game designer Hunter Janes:

Friday, 11 May 2018

Through the Mirror #2 preview

This week brought us the second issue of IDW's weekly-release TNG mirror universe comic miniseries, Through the Mirror. The series is written by Scott and David Tipton, with art duties picked up by different artists each issue, and Chris Johnson on the job for this book. The series also features a secondary story, entirely J.K. Woodward.

This issue is available in five covers, with a wide variety of TNG characters represented across them:  The A cover by J.K. Woodward continues his connected series of covers for the series, with this section of the cover featuring the mirror and prime versions of Data. The same design, uncoloured, will also be available as a convention exclusive. The B cover is by the issue artist, Johnson, coloured by Jason Lewis, and features Riker about to be attacked by an Andorian (who feature in this each). Two retail incentive covers are part of ongoing series of covers across the miniseries, with this issue's photo-cover featuring Troi, Peter McKinstry's portrait cover featuring Worf.

Continue below to check out all those covers, and a five page preview!

Monday, 7 May 2018

Star Trek comic covers round-up

IDW have released a whole load of covers for forthcoming Star Trek comics, continue below to check them all out, plus a few other comic updates.

First up we have the main covers for Succession #2, the second issue of the mirror universe Discovery miniseries, which should be due out later this month. The A cover here should be by issue artist Angel Hernandez, and the B cover is a photo.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

New TOS silver coin-notes and Captain Kirk figurine from the New Zealand Mint

The latest Star Trek currency collectable is a bit of a curiosity: Not quite a coin, not quite a note, behold, the coin-note! Fresh from the New Zealand Mint, on behalf of the nation of Niue, is this collection of solid silver banknotes. Each 15x7cm note has a face value of one Niue dollar, and the actual face of Queen Elizabeth on one side, and each is made from five grams of silver (making them worth/cost several times the face value).

Each of the main TOS characters have been the subject of the other side of the note, with 50,000 available of each crew member. Captain Kirk began the series back in January, and regular releases since then mean the whole crew are now available.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Facepalming Picard bust, and other things to Trek your life

I've got quite a variety of Star Trek bits and pieces to liven up your home and office today, starting with the latest quirky bit of decor from Icon Heroes. Available now exclusively at ThinkGeek is the new Captain Picard facepalming bust, which is just the latest in an ever growing range of products capitalising on this popular meme!

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Through the Mirror #1 preview

Out this week is the first issue of Through the Mirror, this month's weekly release TNG mirror universe comic book miniseries, and sequel to last year's Mirror Broken series.

This book, and each issue of the series, is split in two, with the headline story seeing the TNG mirror universe crew infiltrate the prime reality, and a second story set back in the mirror universe. Both stories are written by Scott and David Tipton, picking up where they left things off with Mirror Broken, and the artist from that series, J.K. Woodward, is also illustrating the secondary story. The main story has a different artist for each issue, with Marcus To and colourist Brittany Peer kicking things off this issue (in a change to the originally announced artist, Chris Johnson)

This first issue is available in no less than six covers, with Picard the focus of nearly all of them. The A cover by J.K. Woodward is the first part of a massive single vertical design that will join all five A covers for the series; this same design, uncoloured, will also be available as a convention exclusive. The B cover featuring Worf (who is also prominent in the story in this issue) is by Marcus To, coloured by Jason Lewis. There's a retail incentive photo-cover with regular Picard, and another retail incentive cover by Peter McKinstry featuring mirror-Picard; these will both be ongoing series of covers for other issues of the series too. A further retail incentive cover is by Marc Laming, coloured again by Jason Lewis, and features a confrontation of both mirror and prime Picards and Rikers.

Continue below to check out all those covers, and a five page preview!

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Discovery behind the scenes: Aliens

Aside from the Klingons, and Saru, Discovery so far hasn't featured a huge number of aliens, but those that have turned up have been a nice mix of updated classics, and new species. Today I'm going to take a look at the alien visitors to set, as shared by the cast and crew, in celebration of the design and prosthetics teams that have brought them to life.

First up, here's a nice image shared by the Discovery Instagram account, with busts of several aliens from the series: Saru, a couple of Klingons (including the helmet), a Tellarite, and a Crepusculan.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

New Eaglemoss Discovery ships revealed

Eaglemoss have a booth at the Destination Star Trek Germany convention, and have on display several new items from Star Trek: Discovery - The Official Starships Collection, including a number of subscription bonus releases, and graphics giving us new looks at a number of Discovery ships. Continue below to check them all out.

We have our first look at the Klingon Bird of Prey model, which looks absolutely fantastic! The two images here come via Eaglemoss' Ben Robinson, and Twitter user Verzweigter:

Friday, 27 April 2018

Star Trek 4 finds its director

The new on-screen Star Trek news keeps coming! Variety report Paramount are in the process of signing up S.J. Clarkson to direct the next movie; a notable move in terms of representation behind the scenes, as this will make the next Star Trek movie the first in the franchise to be directed by a woman.

This appears to be Clarkson's first movie, but she has numerous TV credits to her name, spanning a diverse range of series; starting out with episodes of UK series such as Hustle, and Life on Mars; before moving across the pond to work on numerous popular series including Heroes, Ugly Betty, House, Dexter, Orange is the New Black, Jessica Jones, and The Defenders. She has also been the sole director of a couple of miniseries; Love Nina, and most recently Collateral.

Variety believe Clarkson will be working on the project announced a couple of years ago, featuring the return of Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk, with a script by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. They also state that the other film currently in development, under the guidance of Quentin Tarantino will likely come after this fourth Kelvin timeline movie, while The Hollywood Reporter believe the Tarantino film will also be set in a separate timeline.