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Star Trek Movie Universe Comic Series Coming In September – To Reenvision Classic TOS Episodes

Today brings exciting news for Trek comics fans and fans of the 2009 Star Trek movie. IDW has announced their first ongoing monthly Star Trek series and it will take place in the new movie universe with new twists on stories from the original Star Trek series. Details below.

 

New Star Trek movie comic series kicks off in September

IDW is once again working with Star Trek co-writer/producer Roberto Orci on Star Trek comics tied to the 2009 Star Trek movie, but this time they will be telling stories set after the movie. According to IDW the new Star Trek comic book series will "explore the vast implications of the alternate timeline created by the film in a new, monthly, ongoing comics series." 

In a release Orci said of the series:

Movies cost money. Lots and lots of money. But comics give us unlimited budgets to take the crew of the Enterprise farther than they’ve ever been. Join us!

The new ongoing "Star Trek" comic series promises to continue the adventures of the new USS Enterprise with the new crew as they "embark on missions that re-imagine the stories from the original television series, along with new threats and characters never seen before." Issue #1 due in September will kick things off with a new vision of the original Star Trek series second pilot “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

The new "Star Trek" series will be written by Mike Johnson (Star Trek: Countdown, Nero) who will be working under the creative direction of Roberto Orci. Artwork will be provided by Stephen Molnar and covers for issue #1 will be provided by Tim Bradstreet and David Messina.


Star Trek #1 cover (click to enlarge)

This new "Star Trek" series will be IDW’s first ongoing series for the license, as to date they have done mini-series, usually around four issues each. This will be the first ongoing Star Trek comic series since one published by Marvel  (under the Paramount
Comics) imprint 15 years ago.

And this series will also be the first extended universe stories from in the new movie universe after the events of the Star Trek film. While there have been comic and novel adaptations and a number of comic books and young adult novels tied to the new movie, those were all set during or before the film. As noted by IDW editor Scott Dunbier "Finally, new STAR TREK comics that showcase the new Enterprise crew. The only thing more fun than reading them is editing them!”

The debut issue will also feature a golden ticket promotion, with more details to come shortly from IDW. In addition to the two covers from Tim Bradstreet and David Messina, STAR TREK #1 will feature four rare photo covers and a super rare cover signed by Orci and Johnson. (IDW notes readers should talk to their local retailer about the photo and signed covers).

STAR TREK #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in September.
 

 

POLL: Excited about new comic series?

Is this news enough for you to pick up the new series, or are you waiting to hear more, or have you heard enough. Vote in the new poll, and sound off in the talkback below.

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pissed off virgin vulcan basement nerd
June 17, 2011 10:40 am

rad

Red Dead Ryan
June 17, 2011 10:44 am

Can’t wait for this!

Dee - lvs moon' surface
June 17, 2011 10:44 am

GREAT!!! … YES, Bob Orci!!!!

:-) :-)

Hugh Hoyland
June 17, 2011 10:45 am

Now we’re talking!

Looking forward to this. :]

Sebastian S.
June 17, 2011 10:46 am

To boldy go… and do remakes of 45 year old TV series episodes.
Come on guys! New universe = new possibilities!

My only hope for these is that they are just creative and fresh enough to keep them interesting at least; otherwise they are comic book ‘re-runs.’

Chelsea
June 17, 2011 10:47 am

I will definitely be buying this! Wish my town had a comic book store though. I’d rather support them than order online. But I’ve never read a comic book before so I’m pretty excited about these Star Trek ones!

MoPo
June 17, 2011 10:49 am

This sh-t better be canon if I’m going to waste money on it.

Sunfell
June 17, 2011 10:50 am

I get to razz my comic shop guy- he’s not a Trek fan.

Hugh Hoyland
June 17, 2011 10:51 am

I totally like the premise of this, re-imagined stories and some totally new stuff added in.

This is what Bob promised from nu-Trek! I’m sold.

Good news for a change. :]

Tough Little Ship
June 17, 2011 10:52 am

Reenvision “The Trouble with Tribbles” and also feature the DS9 characters of the Abramsverse!

rm10019
June 17, 2011 10:57 am

Fun!

CmdrR
June 17, 2011 10:57 am

Kinda hard to remake Amok Time now, eh? Or Journey to Babel.

If it’s well done, I suppose anything can be accomplished. But, really… what’s the point? Why not focus on new stories?

June 17, 2011 11:04 am

How can they do “Where no man has gone before?” Without Gary Mitchell? It’s a shame that they didn’t introduce him in the first movie. Now, they will have to shoehorn him in? Not saying that I am excited about a new series…just wondering how they will re-image it…

Red Dead Ryan
June 17, 2011 11:05 am

12.
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I think they’re going to do a mix of new stories and remakes. Most fans are curious about how events depicted in “The Original Series” will unfold in this new universe.

Boris
June 17, 2011 11:11 am

Bob Orci: could you make these canon like JMS canonized (or mostly canonized) the later B5 novels, having first provided outlines for them? Specifically, I mean that you would be bound not to contradict elements established here when scripting later movies, and that such elements can freely appear in those movies. It would be an interesting departure and easier to do, given the low rate of Abramsverse publishing and of course the lack of an ongoing TV show. If this is not possible, what are the main obstacles?

Phil
June 17, 2011 11:18 am

Christ…the word re-imagine just makes me cringe that the canon-istas will just be shreading these things when they hit the street. Just stick with new stories, guys, and you will save yourself a ton of grief….

June 17, 2011 11:22 am

What a great idea! I remember Orci saying he was rewatching episodes and examining how they would unfold in the alternate reality. I’m glad more stuff is coming after the four novels were cancelled.

And in my view, as the AR is so new, its canon rules are slightly different for now. I mean, didn’t Orci and Kurtzman say they respected the novels so that’s why they used George and Winona as the names of Kirk’s parents? Everything’s canon IMO unless the films/shows contradict it.

DavidJ
June 17, 2011 11:36 am

Awesome news!

Hope the artwork is good though. It’s been very touch and go with the previous IDW Trek comics…

Mel
June 17, 2011 11:47 am

“creative direction of Roberto Orci”

So does this mean, that the comics won’t contradict future movies in any way? Or will they ignore what was written in the comics in the next movies, if it suits the movies?

Will the comics tell stand-alone stories or will it bridge the time between the last and the next movie with a longer story arc?

I am really curious about this.

June 17, 2011 11:49 am

As Johnson works for Orci and Kurtzman, he’ll have insights about the story of the next film and know about things to steer clear of or things he can explore and expound upon.

June 17, 2011 11:51 am

I just love the fact that Orci is involved. Like (19 ) above, I think it would reduce the chance of any kind of movie contradictions, and hey, maybe it’ll offer hints for the movies or have a link to the inevitable comic prequel story for the next movie.

Ralph F
June 17, 2011 11:57 am

“Why not focus on new stories”

Understood, but there’s the allure of the events of the TOS universe — and the things still out there, whether or not the ENTEPRISE encounters them, assuming they’re events that the alti-verse of ST’09 didn’t change.

Just to minorly scratch the surface: The Doomsday Machine is still on course. The Botany Bay is still floating in space — maybe never to be found. To look far ahead, V’Ger is still out there. And there’s that whole Mirror Universe.

Ralph F
June 17, 2011 12:00 pm

I’m also hopeful that the second film will have some time behind it — that is, that maybe a few years have passed since the events with Nero. The comic could take care of that.

Jamie
June 17, 2011 12:11 pm

Awesome, I loved some of the other mini-series they did so hopefully these will be just as good :D

Valenti
June 17, 2011 12:12 pm

Fascinating.

Daniel Shock
June 17, 2011 12:21 pm

Very Cool! I’d like to see them include the animated series stories as well…

Aurore
June 17, 2011 12:22 pm

16. Phil – June 17, 2011

“Christ…the word re-imagine just makes me cringe that the canon-istas will just be shreading these things when they hit the street.”

You and me both.

Lee
June 17, 2011 12:25 pm

Well, I take it from this that Star Trek 2 won’t be dealing with the events of “Where No Man Has Gone Before”.

M_E
June 17, 2011 12:27 pm

“And there’s that whole Mirror Universe.”

I never liked how they pictured the Terran Empire gaining a boost by putting their hands on a ship from the future of a parallel universe and 100 years later are still using the same ship desig and tech (of course, they had to respect TOS canon but still…)… =/

somethoughts
June 17, 2011 12:30 pm

Sweet cant wait

ThisGuy
June 17, 2011 12:38 pm

28.

Exactly. Isnt this a big clue as to the villain/plot of the next movie? Wasnt it said that the villain would be either Trelane, Harry Mudd, the Horta, the Talosians or Gary Mitchell?

Am I imagining this?

rebecca
June 17, 2011 12:38 pm

Sweet! I snapped up the Spock Reflections mini-series when it came out, and this sounds awesome. Too bad I don’t have a local comic book store – can’t quite picture shelling out to order comic books online.

Aurore
June 17, 2011 12:38 pm

“Just stick with new stories, guys, and you will save yourself a ton of grief….”

I’m not sure writting new stories would spare them from criticism,either.
In my opinion, they would, then, be accused (by some) of not having respected “canon”…

KHAN 2.0
June 17, 2011 12:40 pm

cool – maybe we’ll get a Prime universe crossover at some point …and even latter trek stuff like Kruge, Sybok, borg, Q etc

will be buying these

Tori
June 17, 2011 12:46 pm

This is a really exciting premise. My guess is that Amok Time and anything heavy Vulcan/Romulan will be the first episodes up for grabs by the writers – who could resist the chance to tell their version with Uhura fighting T’pring!

Also: I deliciously hope for Abramsverse DS9 characters.

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
June 17, 2011 12:53 pm

A lot can be done with the Comics. Doomsday machine can be a great read and the Thoilen Web and Who mourns for Adonis. But. Spocks Brain not so much. But. Would love to read. City on the Edge. That would be awesome. Tomorrow is Yesterday would be a riot as well.

June 17, 2011 12:53 pm

I’m more interested in telling new stories in the Classic Trek/ Prime universe then retelling old stories in the Trek Nuverse.

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
June 17, 2011 12:55 pm

Oh. Of course would want to read Mirror Mirror. Also. Would love it if Bob Orci could also write in the Comic that Capt Archer and Empress Sato found the U.S.S Defiant in the 22nd century.

Bucky
June 17, 2011 12:57 pm

Guess this means Gary Mitchel isn’t the bad guy in the next movie then, eh? I’ll get this in trades, probably. Should be fun.

Anthony Thompson
June 17, 2011 1:01 pm

This sounds VERY interesting! I’m on board!

KHAN 2.0
June 17, 2011 1:02 pm

i wonder how different the reimagining of the episodes will be? hopefully quite abit otherwise it’ll be just like comic adapations of TOS episodes (except with Pine and Cos likeness) which would be fairly boring

on a similar note itd have been fun if theyd done the comic adapation of ST09 with Shatner an Co’s likeness

KHAN 2.0
June 17, 2011 1:19 pm

39 – maybe they wont bother with trades for an ongoing series?

June 17, 2011 1:22 pm

With Bob being involved, I suppose we can starting checking off the list which episodes the sequel will NOT mimic by observing which ones appear in these comics.

Ralph F
June 17, 2011 1:29 pm

And how about this: the next movie is the fourth year of the five year mission; the comics will cover the first three years, which is about the time frame between ST’09 and ST’12 (or ’13). So the movie is the new universe’s “Season 4”.

somethoughts
June 17, 2011 1:32 pm

#43

I hope they save some of their good stuff for the movie, with the upcoming game and the comics, I just hope the comics or game isnt better than the movie.

All we know now is the sequel will deal with Trelane, Talosians, Mudd, Horta or Gary Mitchell.

They could use all 5, with the focus on Trelane, Gary and Talosians.

somethoughts
June 17, 2011 1:39 pm

In terms of time line, they are still in the 60s tos era eh? The Tmp events etc are years in the future. I wouldnt be surprised if at the end of part 3 it shows v’ger approaching.

Keachick (rose pinenut)
June 17, 2011 1:52 pm

#45 Why focus on any of those five? It does not mean they can’t be there, but surely a focus on a *strange* new world with a different civilisation and lifeforms would be more truly TOS Trek, albeit in an alt-universe.

I have already given the writers a name and place. No doubt they have their own ideas as well. Fortunately, they are able (or should be) to bring their ideas to life. Honestly, that’s what I want to see.

somethoughts
June 17, 2011 1:55 pm

Since the crew came together much sooner, perhaps use this new found time to create new adventures and dont even talk about anything that happened in the prime universe series or movies

June 17, 2011 1:58 pm

It’s great that those who came to Star Trek through the film, are getting continuing adventures and the rest of us are obviously curious what’ll happen next. Plus Pine, Quinto, Urban and the rest of the gang are the torch bearers right now – – so great to see their likenesses in comic form. I bet Pegg’s probably chuffed to bits.

cjc960
June 17, 2011 2:01 pm

How unoriginal.

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