Saturday 30 January 2021

Year Five comic updates

IDW have released their solicitations for April, which include just one new Star Trek comic, the latest issue in the Year Five series. Continue below for all the details of that, and some other Year Five updates.

Issue 21 of Year Five(ad) is part two of the Vulcan/Romulan time travel story, The Raptor's Wings. The story is written by Brandon Easton, with art from Silvia Califano. Here's the blurb:

With Spock still missing, the crew of the Enterprise needs to figure out where—and when—he is if they want to save the future! Meanwhile, on Vulcan, Spock is faced with a choice that won’t only change his life, but Vulcan society as he knows it! The final voyages of the original mission continue in this episode from writer Brandon Easton (Transformers: War for Cybertron, Thundercats) and artist Silvia Califano (Star Trek: Year Five, X-Files: Case Files)

The book will be available in two different covers, and both have been previewed already. The main cover featuring Spock with the Stone of Gol, and a Vulcan and Romulan, is by Stephen Thompson, while a more elusive retail incentive cover is J.J. Lendl, the latest of their travel posters, advertising a time travel holiday to "Ancient Vulcan at Civil War".

Also part of the latest solicitations is the next Year Five omnibus, Weaker Than Man(ad), which will contain issues 13-19, including the Gary Seven backstory issue which gives the book both it's title and cover art (from the JJ Lendl cover for that issue). This is an advance solicitation for release in May. Here's the blurb:
Join the crew of the original Starship Enterprise in these all-new adventures as they near the conclusion of their five-year mission.

Finally returning to Federation space, the Enterprise and her crew find the Federation isn't quite the same as the one they left behind! Kirk grapples with a very personal Klingon threat, even as the Enterprise begins its homecoming victory tour, and the Federation's upcoming presidential election is upended when Harry Mudd enters the race!

All this against the backdrop of a sinister malaise threatening to rot the Federation from within. Terrible secrets are revealed, among them the origin of Gary Seven and the grand designs of the shadowy AEGIS organization. Can Kirk and the Enterprise crew excise this corruption, or will the five-year mission end in failure? 

The penultimate issue in that book was just released a couple of weeks ago. and subsequently cover artists Stephen Thompson shared some of their alternate cover concepts for the issue; check out his tweets for a look at the final beautiful form of the cover.

To keep track of all the latest Star Trek comic releases, hit the comics button on my 2020 or 2021 schedule page, or have a look back through my comics tag for the latest posts, or Year Five tag to look back through this series specifically. You can also find reading lists for several Star Trek comic series on my Trek Collective Lists site. 

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