There hasn’t been a new Star Trek comic issued by IDW since February, and that was part of a multi-franchise cross-over. After concerns arose following no new Trek books being announced for the summer, today IDW’s Editor-in-Chief revealed that Star Trek comic books are coming in the fall. Details below
IDW Promises New Star Trek Comics Coming This Fall
With the exception of the two issues included in the multi-franchise crossover zombie series "Infestation," there have not been any new Star Trek comic titles launched in 2011. Following the recent announcement of IDW’s August titles (which again didn’t include an new Trek comics) some fans and retailers have been wondering what the future holds, so today IDW Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall turned to Twitter to settle people’s concerned. Ryall stated (in two tweets):
Ahh, unfounded rumors, how you take over my days. September and October solicits should put an end to the "IDW’s done with Star Trek!" talk.
In even more specific terms: yes we’re still doing Star Trek comics. Exciting new things coming this fall.
Today IDW would not provide TrekMovie with any more specifics, but earlier in the year they did confirm that there would new Trek comics coming this year from both the new Star Trek movie universe and the classic universe. A good bet would be another book from the Orci & Kurtzman-led team that brought us "Star Trek: Countdown," "Star Trek: Nero" and the 2009 "Star Trek" movie adaptation, plus another original Star Trek series title from comic book legend John Byrne (who last year said he had some additional titles still to be released). The solicitations for September will be announced in late June, so we will know more than.
Even with two new titles coming in the fall, 2011 will likely be the slowest year for Star Trek comics since IDW took over the license in 2007. In their first year they put out four new series, with seven in 2008, ten in 2009 and five last year. The reasoning for this is likely the simplest – Star Trek comics have not been selling as well as IDW’s other franchise titles, such as G.I. Joe and Transformers.
TrekMovie will follow-up with updates on the upcoming IDW Star Trek titles when new information is available. Expect our usual previews and reviews in the fall.
In the mean time, you can catch up on the last few Star Trek series from 2010, which are all now available as trade paperback graphic novels, and all available at Amazon.