TrekInk: Preview of Star Trek: 5-page preview of Star Trek Burden of Knowledge #4 + Cover & Details for Khan #3

This week IDW finishes off their four issue TOS era comic book series from the Tipton brothers: "Star Trek: Burden of Knowledge". We have a five page preview of issue 4 below, plus a look at covers and details for the December IDW Star Trek solicitations, including “Star Trek: Khan: Ruling in Hell #3”.


PREVIEW: Star Trek: Burden of Knowledge #4

Writers: Scott Tipton and David Tipton
Federica Manfredi
Covers: Federica Manfredi & Joe Corroney


After answering a call for help from a most unexpected source, Captain Kirk and the Enterprise return to the site of a previous mission, where they make a shocking discovery, one that may force James T. Kirk to make a decision like no other! It all comes together here! From the creative team behind SPOCK: REFLECTIONS!

Burden of Knowledge #4 cover

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Burden of Knowledge #4 — five-page preview:


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Burden of Knowledge 4 arrives this week

Star Trek Burden of Knowledge #4 retails for $3.99 and will be available Wednesday September 22nd. You can buy it and the three previous issues at TFAW.











IDW has also issued their solicitations for books for December 2010. The month includes one new Star Trek issue (Khan #3) and one paperback collection (Burden of Knowledge). Here are the covers and details.

Star Trek: Khan: Ruling in Hell #3 (32 pages • $3.99)
Written by: Scott Tipton and David Tipton, art by Fabio Mantovani, cover by Michael Stribling

As the situation on Ceti Alpha V rapidly deteriorates, Khan struggles to find a way to keep his people alive in the face of planetary waste and devastation. Meanwhile, forces conspire against Khan to remove him from power, mercilessly capitalizing on Khan’s sole weakness: his beloved wife Marla.

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Star Trek: Burden of Knowledge (TPB 104 pages $17.99)
Written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton, art and cover by Federica Manfredi.

The newest adventure of the classic Enterprise crew begins here! When a routine Federation diplomatic visit turns suddenly and unexpectedly violent, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy find themselves kidnapped and halfway across the galaxy. A new Original Series-era miniseries from the creative team behind Spock: Reflections!

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You can pre-order the trade paperback for "Burden of Knowledge" which comes out in December.


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September 20, 2010 5:05 pm


September 20, 2010 5:06 pm

Sounds like some interesting stuff!?

Stan Winstone
September 20, 2010 5:25 pm

Gah- creepy eels!

John Gill
September 20, 2010 6:34 pm

The transporter effect in that one panel looks too “Next Generation-type”…

September 20, 2010 7:23 pm

Page 2 of the 5-page preview (3 panels down): that is what it would look like if you could get a de-aged shatner and chris pine in the same scene together LOL (notice how the redshirt looks a lot like chris pine LOL)

September 20, 2010 7:35 pm

Nice artwork.
Vultan likes!

September 20, 2010 8:17 pm

Yes, the transporter effect may be a little suspicious, but shouldn’t we give them kudos for giving a nod to the animated series with those Orion helmets? And what about that Gorn medical illo from ye olde Starfleet Medical Reference Manual? Stepping into the Wayback Machine, kids . . .

September 20, 2010 10:37 pm

Love the artwork for the environments in the preview — wonderful lighting effects.

September 20, 2010 11:30 pm

I really want to buy the Khan-comic book series.

Captain Conrad
September 21, 2010 1:01 am

Amazing artwork for the Enterprise. I like it!

September 21, 2010 1:44 am

Italian artists are very good at Star Trek. Federica Manfredi and David Messina rule.

September 21, 2010 1:50 am

^ also: Fabio Mantovani.

Chris Pike
September 21, 2010 4:39 am

yeah, the big E renderings look great, and accurate. Very nice…the original E is still the best!

September 21, 2010 5:04 am


September 21, 2010 7:28 am

I like the artwork for BOK. Clean and great likenesses.

September 21, 2010 7:36 am

can’t wait for Khan…

September 21, 2010 10:05 am


September 21, 2010 10:27 am

I like it so far, but what throws me is that the kid’s hair is very ’90s/’00s. They should’ve gone with a ’60s look for it.

September 21, 2010 11:34 am


I see your point, but I think that this chronological contrast gives a fresh look to the iconic 60s atmosphere, bringing TOS out of the nostalgia effect.

Phaser Guy
September 21, 2010 12:25 pm

Ah Trek comics, where Kirk still never looks like Kirk.

September 21, 2010 3:06 pm

But that Enterprise on the TPB cover is SMOKIN! :) I miss the phasers being purple, though.

September 21, 2010 3:27 pm

Yeah, it seems to me the model for the TPB looks Tall and familiar. Beautiful work.

September 21, 2010 4:20 pm

Hey Tallguy, that Enterprise is cool huh? Is it as cool as the one we used in STOGAM???

Looking forward to both these new comics

September 21, 2010 4:34 pm

I wouldn’t call tracing over or rendering out toon mats on a 3d model you found on the internet skill.

September 21, 2010 8:23 pm

23 – It’s as cool as one of them, yeah! :D

September 22, 2010 8:27 am

24 – whatever the process; it is the result that counts. (some people can’t even trace!)

September 23, 2010 12:23 am

The new Khan comic is a rip-off insult to Greg Cox who created the great Khan novels, including the one that tells this story, entitled, “To Reign in Hell.” It is quite a wonder to me that they didn’t even pretend that they were not plagiarizing his efforts — sheesh the comic is called “Ruling in Hell”…come on, that is a ridiculous theft of Cox’s story concept.

Martin Pollard
September 23, 2010 8:46 am


How close is the actual plot of the comic to Cox’s story? Anyone know? I thoroughly enjoyed his Khan novels (despite the heavy amount of fanservice) and I was wondering the same thing as you when I saw this comic announced.

September 23, 2010 12:13 pm

#28–Greg Cox noted in another thread that to the best of his knowledge, this comic book series was not related to his work. He did not seem upset or concerned about the comic book series. I think that is because the comics and the novels have always operated independantly of one another.

I too liked Cox’s books, especially his To Reign in Hell. I was unable to put that book down. His book did a great job linking Space Seed to TWOK and answered every question I could possible think of (how he knew Chekov, the Starfleet Medallion he wears, the gloved hand, etc).

September 23, 2010 6:48 pm

#28 — Well that makes me feel a little better about this — thanks for this info. It is too bad though that they couldn’t have found a way to make the comic book based on his novel though and included him in the project.

September 23, 2010 6:49 pm

I meant #29.

October 8, 2010 12:04 am

to make the comic book based on his novel though and included him in the project.