Saturday 24 March 2018

IDW announce a third TNG mirror universe comic series! Plus new comic covers

IDW must really have hit on something successful with their TNG mirror universe comics, as coming hot on the heels of their second mirror-miniseries, April's weekly released Through the Mirror, they have now announced a third miniseries in the ongoing saga: Terra Incognita, a six-part series to start in July. Here's how they describe it in the press release:
This six-issue miniseries reveals unique, focused stories where beloved characters find themselves in new, unfamiliar situations, in a format echoing the “done-in-one” nature of the television series. However, each issue also features a subtle throughline of an evil Mirror Universe crewmember established in the Mirror Broken and Through the Mirror series remaining on the ship, wreaking havoc while posing as his prime universe counterpart. Featuring the best of both the Mirror and original universes, Terra Incognita is a unique new step in this riveting saga.
Scott and David Tipton will be returning to write once more, this time joined by prolific Star Trek comics artist Tony Shasteen to illustrate.

Three covers for the first issue have been revealed already, via io9, which, without wishing to spoil things for you, do just ever so subtly hint at who the undercover mirror operative might be...

There is no B cover among these, so I would expect at least one more cover for this issue. So far we have a could-be-kinky cover A by Tony Shasteen. A cute Ten Forward scene by Elizabeth Beals for the retail incentive cover A, and a rather more menacing cast assemblage retail incentive cover B by J.K. Woodward.

IDW have also recently released a whole load of other covers for forthcoming titles. The next Discovery comic is also diving into the mirror universe, and for issue one of Succession we can now check out Angel Hernandez militaristic cover A, and the photo cover B, both featuring mirror Michael Burnham.

But my favourite by far is George Caltsoudas' gorgeous rendition of the Discovery mirror-leading ladies (posted on Twitter), which alas is a more elusive retail incentive. Still to be revealed is Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire ship's cover for this issue.

We also have two new covers for the final issue of the Kelvin timeline Boldly Go series. Cover A is by Josh Hood, featuring the crew standing in front of the Enterprise's saucer (see it pre-colouring on Twitter), and cover B, by Eoin Marron (seen now in its final form after the artwork's previous release) depicts the construction of the USS Enterprise-A.

The two retail incentive covers for the issues, by Yoshi Yoshitani and a photo-cover, were released when the issue was solicited.

If you're wondering what becomes of the Kelvin crew now Boldly Go is coming to an end, we got an updated from writer Mike Johnson today at the Wondercon Convention (via Star Trek Twitter):
We are going to hit the pause button until we know where the Kelvin is going
It seems we might be in for a long wait for further adventures, depending when Paramount get round to deciding what they're doing next with the movies.

To keep track of all the latest Star Trek comic releases, hit the comics button on my 2018 schedule page. You can also find reading lists for several Star Trek comic series on my Trek Collective Lists site.

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