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Today at New York Comic Con, IDW Publishing announced a "first in comic book history" with a multi-title zombie series called "Infestation" that ties together their licensed properties, including Star Trek. We have details below, plus a look at a special NYCC edition of the new Khan series.
Zombies invade Star Trek (and Transformers, Ghostbusters and GI Joe)
Are zombies the new vampires? Just a few weeks ago we were showing off the viral video promoting the book "Night of the Living Trekkies" and now IDW are getting into the zombie/property mashup game, but this time it is fully licensed. The "Infestation" series kicks off in January with a standalone book, followed by crossover books with IDW licensed properties, Transformers, Star Trek, Ghostbusters and GI Joe, each of which gets two books and the series wraps up in February with another standalone issue. The two Star Trek issues come out in February and are being written by veteran Trek comic writers Scott and David Tipton. They will be set in the original series era
Here is the promo poster and press release for the event.
Zombie Epic Crosses into Blockbuster Hollywood Franchises
IDW Multi-Title Event Starts in January 2011 with Acclaimed Creators
San Diego, CA (October 8, 2010) – A first in comic book history, IDW Publishing is proud to announce INFESTATION! Starting in January 2011, INFESTATION will infect STAR TREK, GHOSTBUSTERS, TRANFORMERS and G.I. JOE comics with zombies, zombies, and more zombies. To help create this multi-dimensional saga, IDW is teaming up with fan-favorite writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (The Thanos Imperative, Legion of Super-Heroes) and artist David Messina (TRUE BLOOD).
“This is definitely one of those ‘there’s no way they’ll ever do this’ kind of events,” said IDW’s Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall. “But not only are we doing something fans never thought they’d see, we’re doing it in a way that should confound and exceed their expectations. And doing it with real pros like Abnett and Lanning just makes it that much sweeter, especially knowing what they’ve got planned as a follow-up to this event.”
Setting the stage for this massive event, Abnett and Lanning will pen INFESTATION #1, launching in January 2011. This initial 32-page story begins in IDW’s own ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS universe, where something goes terribly wrong and ultimately infests the worlds of TRANSFORMERS, STAR TREK, G.I. JOE, and GHOSTBUSTERS with zombies and infected robots. From there, the story spins ferociously into each of the four properties throughout February and March, and culminates in April’s bombastic finale, INFESTATION #2.
In February, TRANSFORMERS: INFESTATION #1-2 and STAR TREK: INFESTATION #1-2 will ship bi-weekly. The TRANSFORMERS title will also be written by Abnett and Lanning, with fan-favorite Nick Roche handling the art. STAR TREK will be written by mainstay writers Scott and David Tipton and illustrated by Casey Maloney (Zipper).
March will see the release of the bi-weekly G.I. JOE: INFESTATION #1-2 by writer Mike Raicht and artist Giovanni Timpano, as well as GHOSTBUSTERS: INFESTATION by Erik Burnham (THE A-TEAM: WAR STORIES) and Kyle Hotz (Marvel Zombies).
Artist John K. Snyder III (PHOENIX WITHOUT ASHES) will provide covers for the two INFESTATION issues, as well as 1950s sci-fi film-inspired images for each of the four involved series.
To further commemorate this “decade in the making” event, IDW will be releasing special incentive patches with every issue. Each embroidered, sew-on patch will feature “infected” logos of the four titles. Additional incentives include a painted cover by ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS co-creator Ashley Wood for INFESTATION #1, as well as a special 16-page sketchbook featuring zombified versions of the perennially popular characters from these four universes, as illustrated by artists associated with each property.
The entire event will make its presence felt on the cover of the January Previews catalog, showcasing a special INFESTATION “quadrtych” image of Snake Eyes, Mr. Spock, OPTIMUS PRIME, and Dr. Peter Venkman under attack from a zombie by LOCKE & KEY artist Gabriel Rodriguez.
“We’ve found a way to involve all of these diverse titles in a massive storyline that has ties all the way back to the early days of IDW,” continued Ryall. “I think fans will be amazed by what we’ve pulled together here, as well as the stories that will come out of this once-in-my-lifetime event.”
INFESTATION #1 ($3.99, 40 pages, full color) will be available in stores on January 19, 2011.
TRANSFORMERS: INFESTATION #1 and #2 will be in stores on February 2 and 16, 2011, respectively.
STAR TREK: INFESTATION #1 and #2 will be in stores on February 9 and 23, 2011, respectively.
G.I. JOE: INFESTATION #1 and 2 will be in stores on March 2 and 16, 2011, respectively.
GHOSTBUSTERS: INFESTATION #1 and 2 will be in stores on March 9 and 23, 2011, respectively.
INFESTATION #2 will be available in stores on April 6, 2011.
And here is the Star Trek cover.
UPDATE: CBR has more details on the series, here are a couple of key quotes from IDW:
The individual series will show just how our intrepid heroes – folks like Optimus Prime, Dr. Peter Venkman, Mr. Spock, Baroness, and so many others – face down this new and obviously shocking threat, and their desperate efforts to stop it before it can completely consume – both literally and figuratively – their realities.
“Transformers: Infestation” and “G.I. Joe: Infestation” are set in the core comic book universes and that “Star Trek: Infestation” takes place during the “Motion Picture” era and will star Spock, Kirk, and Dr. McCoy. “And the ‘Ghostbusters: Infestation’ books take place in the ongoing ‘Ghostbusters’ continuity
Khan comic debuts at Comic Con
The first issue IDW’s latest Star Trek series Khan: Ruling in Hell will be in comic book stores later this month, however if you are attending New York Comic Con this weekend you can pick up a special show exclusive edition (featuring the Khan plush doll) at the IDW booth (#2115). IDW will also be holding signings at their booth and have show exclusive editions of Spike, The Outfit, and True Blood as well.
Here is the cover of the NYCC Exclusive Khan: Ruling in Hell #1.