Friday 7 August 2020

Year Five #13: Guide of Fire, part 1 preview

Out this week from IDW is Star Trek Year Five #13, the start of a new story arc in the series, the Klingon-focused Guide of Fire. As well as Klingons, this issue is stuffed full of wider Starfleet goodies, which should please starship fans, with a whole fleet ready to welcome the Enterprise back to Federation space. The issue also sees The Motion Picture design elements starting to appear, including new uniforms!

The book is written by Year Five showrunners Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, with Angel Hernandez on art duties, coloured by Fran Gamboa.

As ever for the series, the book is available in two covers: Either the main cover, by Stephen Thompson, which features a wide range of starships, and was coloured by Charlie Kirchoff. Or there's the retail incentive cover from JJ Lendl, with a retro style movie poster to kick off the new story-arc.

Continue below to check out the covers and a five page preview, plus some other Year Five updates:

You can continue reading the rest of the book by picking up a copy at your local comic book shop (if they're open right now), or from online retailers like these: AmazonEbayThings From Another WorldForbidden PlanetBarnes and Noble.

Cover artist Stephen Thompson has shared some of his process work on Twitter, including this look at alternative cover concepts:

And in a really fun tweet, a guide to all the starships featured on the cover (mostly designs from the classic FASA role play game), shown here next to the final cover sans titles. You can also see the final cover at rough and inked staged in those tweets.

Dipping back to the previous issue of the series, one of the issue artists, Silvia Califano, also shared some of her inked paged, pre-colouring, on her blog:

To keep track of all the latest Star Trek comic releases, hit the comics button on my 2020 schedule page. You can also find reading lists for several Star Trek comic series on my Trek Collective Lists site.

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