Star Trek’s comic book licensee IDW are here at Comic Con 2008 and TrekMovie had a moment to chat with the new Star Trek editor Andrew Schmidt, who broke down their plans for the rest of the year and into 2009, including what they hope to do for the Star Trek feature film.
Coming up from IDW
Romulans – The Hollow Crown (October)
Written and illustrated by John Byrne
Follow-up to Byrne’s February 2008 Romulan issue of the Alien Spotlight series. Romulan Alien spotlight issue. Will run for two issues in 2008 with a possible follow-up sometime in 2009.
Star Trek – The Last Generation (November)
Written by Andrew Steven Harris, illustrated by Gordon Purcell
A five issue ‘Myriad Universe’ (not Mirror Universe), story akin to the new Pocket Books Myriad Universe stories. The background ‘what if’ premise is that Kirk did not save the Federation President at the end of Star Trek VI and a war erupted between the Federation and the Klingons with the Klingons eventually conquering Earth. Series takes place seven decades after STVI, or around the same time as the early seasons of TNG. The series will feature alternate timeline versions of Worf, Picard, and Sulu.
Alien Spotlight II (Early 2009)
A six issue series like the previous IDW Alien Spotlight, with each issue focusing on a different Star Trek alien race. So far the only two they have decided on are a Q Continuum issue written by Scott and David Tipton and a Klingon issue written by Keith DeCandido and illustrated by JK Woodward.
Undetermined John Byrne series (Early 2009)
John Byrne will follow his two-issue Romulan series with another series and a number of different ideas are being discussed, but the veteran hasn’t yet decided which one he wants to do yet. One possibility has the working title of ‘Crew’ which would be a pre-TOS era series set on a shake-down cruise. Another possibility is a follow up to his "Assignment Earth" series from this year.
‘Star Trek’ feature film tie-ins (Early/mid 2009)
For other Paramount films (like Transformers and Beowulf), IDW had done both a prequels as well as adaptations. IDW hopes to do the same with the new Star Trek film, but they are not ready to talk about writers, artists or even dates. It is not even firm that these series will happen for sure, but of the two, the prequel seems further along. If the tie-ins do happen, then it is expected that Star Trek director JJ Abrams and co-writer Robert Orci will be involved at some level.
Other possible titles for 2009 – Captains Sulu and Riker?
IDW’s new editor for Star Trek, Andrew Schmidt has literally been on the job for just a couple of weeks so he still has not yet had time to map out the plan for the rest of 2009. One idea being considered is a Titan series (tying into the popular post Nemesis book series featuring Captain Riker). IDW are also considering a Captain Sulu series.
For now Schmidt is trying to determine what fans want to see next most. But Schmidt tells TrekMovie that he plans for 2009 to have even more books than 2008, which has been a prolific year for IDW and Trek. Schmidt says that he wants IDW to "go beyond just filling in the gaps and start to drive the bus" in terms of Star Trek storytelling. He wants the books to "have more unity" as they move forward. Schmidt promised to give TrekMovie an update within the next month as things get more finalized regarding 2009, so look for that report in August.
Cover for Byrne’s upcoming Romulan series