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IDW October Star Trek Comics Previews – Movie Universe Gary Mitchell Revealed July 29, 2011

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Last month IDW announced a new ongoing comic book series set in the new Star Trek universe. They have now released the cover and details on issue #2 coming in October, featuring the new universe Gary Mitchell on the cover. See below for details on that and other IDW Star Trek releases for October & September.



Star Trek (ongoing) #2 (32 pages, $3.99)
Written by Mike Johnson
Art by Stephen Molnar
Covers by Tim Bradstreet and Joe Corroney.


The lead-up to 2012’s Star Trek sequel continues here! Kirk and Spock face off against one of their own when crewman Gary Mitchell is possessed by an entity of unfathomable power. The next chapter in the adventures of the Starship Enterprise, a creative collaboration with Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci!

Cover A:

Star Trek #2 cover

Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes #1  (32 pages, $3.99)
Written by Chris Roberson
Art by Jeffrey Moy
Covers by Phil Jimenez and Keith Giffen.


The pairing you never thought could happen! IDW Publishing and DC Comics are proud to present the greatest tale of the 23rd century! Or is that the 31st century? As you’ll see here, it’s both. Eisner-nominated writer Chris Roberson and Star Trek and Legionnaires veteran artist Jeffrey Moy partner up to bring you the most bizarre partnership of any century! In this first issue, a group of Legionnaires end up lost in the 23rd century, but it’s a universe that isn’t familiar to either the Legion or the crew of the USS Enterprise!


Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes #1 covers


Star Trek (ongoing) #1 (32 pages, $3.99)
Written by Mike Johnson
Art by Stephen Molnar
Covers by Tim Bradstreet and Joe Corroney. (2 regular covers + 2 variant photo covers)


The adventures of the Starship Enterprise continue in this new ongoing series that picks up where the blockbuster 2009 film left off! Featuring the new cast of the film, these missions re-imagine the stories from the original series in the alternate timeline created by the film, along with new threats and characters never seen before! With creative collaboration from STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci, this new series begins the countdown to the much-anticipated movie sequel premiering in 2012. Join Kirk, Spock and the crew as they boldly go into a new future! Up first, a drastic new envisioning of “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

Cover A:

Star Trek #1 cover

Star Trek Movie Box Set (Slipcase with 3 TPBs • FC • $39.99 • 360 Pages)
Written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Mike Johnson, & Tim Jones
Art by David Messina and Claudia Balboni
Covers by David Messina


Relive the Star Trek franchise re-launch on the comic book page with this collector’s edition slipcase containing all three Star Trek movie-related trade paperbacks. Find out how and why Nero and Spock have such a tenuous relationship in Countdown! Learn about the dark years Nero spent plotting his revenge against Spock and the Federation in Nero! And finally, experience the motion picture all over again in the strikingly stylish Official Motion Picture Adaptation!


Slipcase for Star Trek Movie Box Set



1. Christopher Roberts - July 29, 2011


Where no man has gone before…

with contact lens-flares.

2. rm10019 - July 29, 2011

I would guess this climates Gary Mitchell as the bass guy for Trek 2

3. Phil - July 29, 2011

Great, more baying about how great it will be to see GM in the next movie. We got the lens flare crack out of the way early this thread.

4. rm10019 - July 29, 2011

Lol wow that should read eliminates him as the bad guy

5. cpelc - July 29, 2011

By reading the description of issue #1 and then seeing the cover of #2 it appears that at least these two issues will be serialized rather than stand-alone issues.

6. J.C. England, formerly Another Q - July 29, 2011

Not big on the comics adaptation of Trek,
but this one (with GM) good be very interesting..

7. HunterRex - July 29, 2011

“Where No Man Has Gone Before” took place in 2265. The Star Trek movie ends in 2258. So will this comic jump seven years ahead, or will the events take place immediately after the movie? Hmm…

8. paustin - July 29, 2011

#1 lol

come on that was funny

9. Joe - July 29, 2011

@ # 4

I agree with you because next month they will probably do their own retelling of The Corbomite Maneuver (or however you spell that word) but I don’t think that would mean that Balok for the First Federation are the bad guys in Trek sequel.

10. Andy Patterson - July 29, 2011

Hmm, that looks like the Gary Mitchell I know but I don’t remember Kirk looking like that.

11. Captain Bryan - July 29, 2011

The writing of the IDW Trek Comics are usually good, the art is usually lacking though. I still can’t wait.

12. Capt. of the U.S.S. Anduril - July 29, 2011

Wow, background behind Mitchell has the Enterprise-B’s saucer and an original TOS shuttlecraft.

Also…I think that Enterprise is Tobias Richter’s….

13. Jason S. - July 29, 2011

@ Phil

The “lens flare crack” exists for a reason!

14. Bob Tompkins - July 29, 2011

I thought the ‘Cormonite Manuever’ was one of the weakest Trek episodes, right up there with ‘Spock’s Brain’. I would hope neither would be a jumping in point in the next movie….

15. Browncoat1984 - July 29, 2011

That new box set sounds tempting…I haven’t read the Spock Reflections or Star Trek adaptation comics. Are they any good? I did read Countdown and enjoy it.

16. The Gorn Identity - July 29, 2011

Awesome! I’m sooooo excited for this. Loving that Gary Mitchell cover. Gary Lockwood looks damn cool with the movie-style uniform, doesn’t he?

IDW has been doing a fantastic job with their Trek comics. After a far too long absence of new Trek comics, IDW has come back swinging with this new ongoing…and a DC crossover to boot!

17. weyoun_9 - July 29, 2011

@7 – I’ve inferred that the comics will fall somewhere in between. Since they’re re-imagining some of the old eps in the new timeline, they can happen at new times now.

I’m actually pretty intrigued. Orci can address some of the “We want to see this old character come back” requests without writing them into the film and also lay some ground work and test the water for some potential new ideas. I’m looking forward to it.

18. Nony - July 29, 2011

Had he, God forbid, not been cast as McCoy, Karl Urban could have played Gary Mitchell. That looks like a crazy superpowered McCoy. [Hey, boborci, crazy superpowered McCoy for the next movie? ;-) ]

19. Muddseye - July 29, 2011

Gary Mitchell Really???

How original…… This is gonna make me think the next movie will be bigger storyline Fail…

20. Anthony Pascale - July 29, 2011

I actually think having McCoy get superpowered would have been interesting. McCoy is really the new Kirks best friend. These new spins on TOS stories will be more interesting if they take stories in new direction

21. DeShonn Steinblatt - July 29, 2011

Always feel a little uneasy walking into a comic shop with all the fat bearded guys stalking the teenage cashier, but this might pull me in.

22. RAMA - July 29, 2011

19. They are retelling the old stories from tos in comic book form in the new universe…it has no bearing on the movie itself.

23. red dead ryan - July 29, 2011

Looking forward to the “Where No Man Has Gone Before” comic. Can’t say the same about the “Legion Of Superheroes/Star Trek” crossover comic. That looks like its going to be CRAP-TACULAR!

24. sisko - July 29, 2011

Ok, I’m in!

25. Hugh Hoyland - July 29, 2011

Sweet! Can’t wait for issue 1. This is what I’ve been waiting for! Some sort of new NuTrek.
Now if only we can get Bob to work on a live action TV series! ;)

26. Capt. of the U.S.S. Anduril - July 29, 2011

Oh and first we had Marvel and Trek, now we have DC and Trek? HUH?

27. Spocko - July 29, 2011

Weird experience to see Gary Mitchell on the same page as Chris Pine and Zachery Quinto

28. Devon - July 29, 2011

It looks like they are using Tobias Richter’s model for the illustration on that cover. Nice!

29. Boris - July 29, 2011

But since Nero’s intervention has magically revised the looks of the TOS crew, why was Gary Mitchell spared? Apparently it’s because he didn’t need to be recast, but it looks a bit off in regard to in-universe consistency.

30. Star Trekker - July 30, 2011

I like the new film, but I hope more from IDW.
I thought the old ST universe is live too…

Enterprise Fifth Season???
Titan ongoing???
Captain Data???


31. Boris - July 30, 2011

30 – It’s dead, unfortunately. You can see by the way we’ve been inundated with alternate-reality merchandise since 2009.

32. son-of-shatner - July 30, 2011

Star Trek 1966 – 2009 :( RIP

33. Reign1701A - July 30, 2011

We JUST got Khan: Ruling in Hell. Before that it was Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor…which took place in between TOS and TMP. Chill out…I’m sure they’ll continue to roll out prime-timeline stuff.

34. Tobias Richter - July 30, 2011

@12 It very obviously is an early version of my Enterprise – because in the first run, I didn´t know there was a photon torpedo bank in the lower secondary hull – I added that to the final version. So it seems they took one of my early pictures that I posted on the forums and went with it. Seems to happen a lot these days… :(

35. Magic_Al - July 30, 2011

I agree that Gary Mitchell still being Gary Lockwood feels weird in this context. They could hire models to pose as new versions of any other TOS characters who reappear, just as a model was hired to become the official face of Mara Jade in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

36. Pah Wraith - July 30, 2011

34. Tobias Richter

wow, that’s really, really bad practice :[ Hope you’ve managed to sort out the recent stolen art problem. One would think these kinds of things wouldn’t happen with large companies. And yet…

Big fan of your work btw :)

37. Tobias Richter - July 30, 2011

@36 – thank you – and yes, the other problem is sorted out. The LaLaLand people were very nice and generous .

38. Boris - July 30, 2011

35 – If the creative team really believes that the characters would’ve looked the same if not for the practical need to recast, why not take advantage of this medium and make everyone look like the original actors? :) This is why it would be better to continue with changes to familiar faces.

39. Pah Wraith - July 30, 2011

“Karl Urban could have played Gary Mitchell. That looks like a crazy superpowered McCoy.”

So there he is ;)

40. Boris - July 30, 2011

As for my 31, I hope everyone’s sarcasm detector is in order?

41. Schiefy - July 30, 2011

#39–I don’t think there is enough lens flare from McCoy’s eyes! lol

42. Christopher Roberts - July 30, 2011

32. It’s probably more like 1965-2005 R.I.P. for the original canon.

The Cage was done and dusted early that year.

The 2009 movie opens with the U.S.S. Kelvin having spotted a lightning storm they originally wouldn’t have.

43. Christopher Roberts - July 30, 2011

Of course, I’d sell my soul to the devil to undo the death of my Star Trek.

If I believed in souls, that is… and not just people as weirdly animated pieces of meat with a shelf life of 70 years (if they’re lucky).

44. Boris - July 30, 2011

42 – Not true, since JJ-Trek is set in the same canon, albeit a different ‘reality’ thereof. It would be like saying that the Mirror Universe was part of a different canon. In 2387, Romulus was destroyed for Picard and Data as well. And how can you forget about Star Trek Remastered, which rewrote the TOS canon in terms of VFX shots?

45. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - July 30, 2011

Ok. I want to see a Comic set in the Mirror Universe but set after there Nero went back in time and changed the timeline for James Kirk of the Terran Empire. So New Kirk of the Empire has to deal with that Timeline Change.

46. Christopher Roberts - July 30, 2011

44. – I like TOS-R actually, but it’s just tinkering around the edges really. Just adding visuals our imagination always thought would be that way anyway. Like the Director’s Cut of the Motion Picture, adding consistency like the surface of Vulcan (with a red sky and no moons) and so on.

You’re right though. That part about Romulus’ destruction always slips my mind. Thanks for reminding me…

Countdown ought to have been more than a comic-strip/graphic novel, an animated movie in the way DC and Marvel do for DVD, then more of those with an axe to grind about the original reality being closed down would be less upset.

47. Boris - July 30, 2011

boborci, isn’t a redo of “Where No Man Has Gone Before” a contradiction in terms? :)

48. michael wills - July 30, 2011

can someone please tell me if i can buy this in england i really want to read the where no man has gone before story line

49. Boris - July 30, 2011

50. Skippy2k - July 30, 2011

#7. It did happen earlier in the original timeline but since it was actually caused when passing thru the outer edge of the galaxy there’s no reason it couldn’t just have happened later. I wonder if they are on the same mission looking for the Valiant though?

51. Boris - July 30, 2011

50 – maybe the mission is to transport Delta Vega to the edge of the galaxy where it belongs?

52. CsMisi - July 30, 2011

Retelling Where No man has gone before in comics makes me think this is out of the question as a movie theme. And I really don’t care what they are retelling in these comics, I’m interested in reading classic TOS stories within the new universe. So bring it on, I’m there from issue 1

53. Boris - July 30, 2011

52 – you mean, you’re interested in rehashing old stories as opposed to going ‘where no man has gone before’? There is nothing about Gary Mitchell or Delta Vega that is integral to the Star Trek universe, as if Star Trek wouldn’t be Star Trek if it didn’t have this story specifically. It is merely one story which was told using Star Trek as a vehicle. The correct approach is to tell new stories. Think of it this way: Star Trek should be the Twilight Zone with continuing characters.

54. Christopher Roberts - July 30, 2011

Delta Vega is probably just a codename for a Starfleet facility on uninhabitable planetoids. Or shorthand for its full name. Say just for example DV-3 for a Pluto sized world that got close enough to Vulcan, for it to be seen in the sky. DV-447 for another at the edge of the galaxy, with a dilithum cracking station on it.

55. Christopher Roberts - July 30, 2011

Can somebody please answer a specific question, about the Black Hole that destroyed Vulcan from the inside out? Is that still there in that system, slowly drawing in the rest of the system too?

56. Sebastian S. - July 30, 2011

# 54.

I like that; nice bit of ‘continuity spackle'; it has kind of a current-science sounding vibe to it, too (with the way Pluto’s demotion led to a promotion for the asteroid Ceres, for example).

And I agree with Anthony on #20.

McCoy is Kirk’s new Academy BFF. It would’ve resonated more deeply if HE and not Mitchell had been the one infected with the power in this new universe.

57. red dead ryan - July 30, 2011

Yeah, but if McCoy had been infected, we’d all know he’d survive anyway because he’s going to be needed for the sequel. They obviously weren’t going to kill him off, and as such, there wasn’t going to be any suspense.

On the other hand, using Gary Mitchell still makes sense. Yeah, he’s the same guy from the prime timeline, but apart from that, a lot of other things are different. Like how he and Kirk first met, and NuKirk’s experiences at his age are going to be a bit different from what his counterpart experienced.
How NuKirk deals with an infected Mitchell might be different from how Kirk Prime dealt with him. Maybe after witnessing so much death and destruction in the first movie, Kirk works harder to find a way to save Mitchell rather than kill him. Who knows?

58. Christopher Roberts - July 30, 2011

The thing I find is that people playing somebody in their 30’s, looked so much older in the Sixties.

Or pehaps, it’s simply that I’m used to seeing Gary Lockwood and have been for nearly 30 years (almost my whole life). So seeing him alongside the likes of Quinto and Pine. Feels a bit wrong.

I mean if they’d based the new Mitchell’s look on an acting contempory of Pine’s.

Tom Cruise (an actor I recall fans mentioning for GM) clearly wouldn’t work. As he’s nearly twice as old than Pine. We couldn’t imagine him sitting in an academy class at the same time… with all the Club 18-24 hot material. He’d be putting up his hand to ask questions and everyone would think – “Blimely. The window cleaner’s a bit keen isn’t he?”

59. Christopher Roberts - July 30, 2011

58. corrections – contemporary, blimey. Lot’s more I’m sure!

60. Christopher Roberts - July 30, 2011

Looked at Lockwood’s page on IMDb and he was 28 at the time of “Where No Man…” So consistent with the age of the new cast. More so if it’s set a few years before :)

Plus my funny remark about how mature cadets fit in at the Academy, is basically cancelled out by McCoy isn’t it? Who’s older than Kirk.

Just me…

61. Mary Czerwinski - July 30, 2011

.10 LOL! Good point Andy. I guess they don’t have an actor besides Gary Lockwood to model him after.

.39 I never noticed how much Carl Urban looks like Gary Mitchell (Lockwood). That’s an awesome picture of the eyes redone a’la lens flare. If they need a Dr. Dehner, I’m totally available.

62. rebecca - July 30, 2011

I’d love to see the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato star in a brand new Star Trek TV show either set in the alternate timeline of the movie or in the 25th century set on a new starship. With Joe Jonas as the captain of course!

63. Excelsior - July 30, 2011

# 47 (of all numbers – heh!):

Totally. Particularly galling considering the great TOS-based comics IDW was putting out (Crew, Frontier Doctor, Assignment: Earth) that have now been canned to make room for this series. In other words, original stories in the original universe replaced by rehashes in the Nu-universe – which option is more ‘original’, may I ask?

Honestly – a NuTrek remake of TOS stories just feels like ‘fan-w**k’ of the worst kind. IIRC, that sort of insular, trivial storytelling is part of what killed ‘Enterprise’ (because we really needed the NX meeting leftover Borg from ‘First Contact’, or a series finale that required intimated knowledge of a TNG episode from 11 years and three series before…).

Under Berman and Braga, Trek went downhill steadily from ‘Boldy Going Where No Man Has Gone Before’ to ‘Blandly sticking to the same safe, well-trodden, unimaginative formula’. This new comic series strikes me as the same sort of mentality – wasn’t the whole point ot the new timeline to allow the rebooted crew to do NEW things, and not be hidebound to the same stories as the originals?

Granted, this is just a comic series, and has no bearing on how the 2013 sequel will turn out (here’s hoping for more than a generic noisy Transformers-esque popcorn flick this time). But then, that begs the question: did we really have to lose all the stellar TOS comics from IDW, just for this?

64. Artemus Gordon - July 30, 2011

“Fools! I’ll crush you like insects…!”

65. Travis - July 30, 2011

You see…. You see… What did i say… It all starts again. Not only with Gary Mitchell but with Khan, V’GER, everything this new crew will have to face what the Prime Universe crew has!!!… Damn i love being right lol

66. Khan was Framed! - July 30, 2011

This is a tragedy.

I hate the thought of TOS being redone with the new cast, even in comics.

Just write original new adventures with drawings of the original cast please!

This is the first of IDW ‘s Trek line I won’t touch.

67. Sebastian S. - July 30, 2011

I’m just a bit underwhelmed that with all the wide-open prospects of a new timeline, they just go back and remake “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

Now, I loved WNMHGB, but I loved it well enough the first 10 times I saw it. I don’t really feel compelled to buy a new comic book that’ll tell the same story, but just them all wearing ST09 uniforms. Unless there are significant and compelling changes to the story, I just don’t see the need…

Let’s hope the next movie shows more imagination than that. ;-)

68. Corinthian7 - July 30, 2011

20 – Not sure that idea really works Anthony. Mitchell was transformed due to some 60’s mumbo jumbo about psychic potential so if McCoy was to be transformed in the new universe the same would have had to occurred in the prime timeline. I’m in two minds about this approach of rewriting TOS episodes. I am intrigued by the idea and I’ll probably buy a digital copy but with the 5 year mission being 7 years or so earlier there is no reason for the crew to be assigned these missions at this point in time.

Of course there is no reason for them not be sent to the galactic barrier either but I think I would have preferred to have original adventures. IDW could still base these stories on TOS but instead of reinterpreting episodes we’ve all seen multiple times they could take events referenced as being in the recent history of TOS as their starting point and give them their own spin.

On the plus side I am encouraged to see Bob Orci involved again in the comics and it has to be better than the ridiculous zombie and super hero crossovers!

69. D - July 30, 2011

It’s a comic…it’s relevance to any future movies is pretty much like all comics in the past have been to Star Trek…relevant until any film says otherwise. However, if you do remember, there was all that talk that “the universe wants to correct itself, get back closer to the prime timeline because, that’s the way it’s supposed to be.” In that light, it would make sense that, despite the sudden change of Kirk and grew getting together 7 years earlier, the universe would try to “throw their destined missions” at them…of course, that would imply the existence in the Star Trek universe of an all-powerful, omnipotent being that is working to make the universe turn out, “just so”, something even Q couldn’t do.

70. Sean - July 30, 2011

“Re-live the Re-launch by Re-Reading the Re-Imagining of Re-Star Trek!”

71. Thomas - July 30, 2011

In the end, it’s no big deal. In this new reality, we’ll get to see new adventures as well seeing some previous adventures re-interpreted.

In fact, this allows us the unique opportunity to see how the different realities have shaped how the crew will deal with the same (or similar) situations. For instance:

-If Kirk and Mitchell aren’t the best of friends in this reality, how might that affect how Kirk chooses to deal with him? Would that make him less (or more) reluctant in dealing with him?
-If they are friends, could Mitchell possibly resent Kirk’s fast rise through the Command track (something people here have expressed wanting to see explored)?
-The summary for this issue suggests that Mitchell gains his powers from something other than the journey beyond the edge of the galaxy. What does this mean for the Valiant beacon? Will Starfleet remain unaware of the dangers of such a journey?

Any one of these questions (and more) could be raised and any one (or none) of them may be answered; I can only say so much without having actually read the issue. That said, I’m willing to give them the chance to try something interesting, and if it works, great. If not, it wouldn’t be the first time Trek had a misfire. People just need to be willing to give it a chance.

72. SPOCKBOY - July 31, 2011

Sorry guys,
but I find this whole thing creatively bankrupt.
This is truly the “copy and paste” generation.

I thought the cleverly manipulated “new time line” would produce, you know, “new” stories. Wasn’t that the whole idea? Dipping in (or diving in) to Trek’s vast pool of great stories is shameful.

Why can’t you guys take us where “trek” has never gone before?
21st Century ideas, perspectives, political ideologies. Not re-hashing the perspectives of great writers from the 1960’s. Though brilliant, and timeless, I want to hear stories that relate to NOW.

73. Christopher Roberts - July 31, 2011

I’d be LYING if 72. Spockboy’s remarks weren’t already lurking in the back of my mind. But look at it this way, appearing to retell a classic episode is a good attention grabber for the first few issues. If that turns out to be a case of, not going where you think is going, so much the better.

But yes, original stories because the basis of so many TOS era stories, rely on a Prime Universe history. Kirk’s background and rise to the Captain’s chair was hastily rewritten, compressed into a shorter version. So many other things should be different too. Face-to-face contact with Romulans won’t be a surprise in “Balance of Terror”. Heck, I think the Federation probably went to war with them in 2233, after all the evidence pointed to them having attacked the U.S.S. Kelvin.

74. Christopher Roberts - July 31, 2011

Depending on how the stories turn out in these comics, it’ll obviously disprove my theory that the Abramverse movies are going to turn out like “Yesterday’s Enterprise” but extended over several sequels.

A crumbling Federation, thanks to the first event Nero inadvertantly set in motion.

While the second – destruction of Vulcan was intentional and twisted the knife to an already worse situation.

Inbetween those two, you have your reason why Kirk got promoted so rapidly. Twenty-something years worth of high casualties in an ongoing conflict between Earth and Romulus. A political situation where Federation members are split over it. Vulcan withdrawing from their membership, disagreeing with any prolonged campaign to change the regime on Romulus. Less people signing to be in Starfleet, because of the truth emerging about Nero, he was unaffiliated and how he really had nothing to do with the Star Empire of this era.

Funny, there’s a lot of potential there to push the differences even further… rewrite history as to what Nero’s actions meant. Instead of gradually seeking to bring everything back to normal.

75. Christopher Roberts - July 31, 2011

Additionally to explaining Kirk’s swift rise to a position it took him a decade to acheive in TOS, it would also explain (or add a new dimension to) Spock being the only Vulcan in Starfleet… or frowned apon by Sarek, Vulcan Science Council, knowing about an ongoing political situation. The fraying relationship ship between Humans and Vulcans, their race about to split from the Federation on a disagreement over Starfleet’s involvement in an illegal war.

76. "Check the Circuit!" - July 31, 2011

Shouldn’t we read the comics before judging whether or not similar stories from the prime universe work in the time-incursion universe?

77. Christopher Roberts - July 31, 2011

It does begin to drift away from the exploration principles of Star Trek, but presumably the Federation has different arms. The Enterprise switches from joining in a taskforce trying to keep the peace, and the cushier mission of mapping space and discovering new worlds… depending on how desperately needed she is. Presumably finding a new home for the Vulcans comes under exploration, with also a political/diplomatic/war dimension to it.

78. Frederick - July 31, 2011

I would rather that they keep the original actor visages when they revisit TOS characters… why not? They are being drawn, not re-cast by necessity as film would be. The only reason the new films have different actors is because they have to.

79. Boris - July 31, 2011

78 – That is certainly one option. It might confuse the readers, of course, but if so, what is the purpose of being only halfway clever about the relationship between the prime and alternate realities, by including the original face of Gary Mitchell? It would be much more interesting to make everyone look like the original actors, since that would enhance boborci’s stated idea of not doing a straight reboot.

On the other hand, I don’t think the creative team is interested in pursuing boborci’s stated idea fully, otherwise there would’ve been greater similarities to TOS in ST2009. Nero’s incursion couldn’t have changed the alternate reality that much, and not even the Kelvin matches the expected TOS look. We must conclude that Nero’s incursion isn’t the whole story behind the changes.

80. jortio - July 31, 2011

Archer and his silly people probably changes the times

81. The Optimist - July 31, 2011

Come on people, its a reboot! Its the same old Star Trek with a fresh spin, newer looking Enterprise, and younger actors to play the same iconic characters. The alternate reality excuse is just that, an excuse to make fans feel better about rebooting Star Trek. Old Trek is not dead just retired. JJ’s Trek is the new Star Trek as far as Paramount is cocerned and they are going to market the new look of the Enterprise and characters because its their time.

I like the idea of doing a new look to the classic episodes in comic form because hopefully JJ and crew can give us an original story for the movies. The great thing about comics is that if you don’t want to consider them canon then they don’t have to be.

82. Jack - July 31, 2011

56. Agreed on both.

BTW, would McCoy have had to die, or would there have been a magic ‘drink this orange juice… er, in the decompression chamber” cure?

83. LukasKetner - July 31, 2011

Not all comics fans are ‘Comic Book Guy’ from The Simpsons. Glad to hear you might step into a comics shop. I always find it a shame when folks write off an entire storytelling medium because of an idiotic stigma.

84. Hat Rick - August 1, 2011

All this good news about Star Trek is making me quite happy. Congrats to all for continuing to bring our fan-based dreams to life!

85. Admiral_Bumblebee - August 1, 2011

Can’t help myself but such “reimaginings” always have the aftertaste of “we can do those old stories better – ha!” for me…

86. MJ - August 1, 2011

Recommendation to staff:

Would you all consider a poll to see how many of us would like to see a news blackout on the horrid Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes comic series? No, I’m not kidding — this is an abomination of Trek.

87. MJ - August 1, 2011

@72 “Sorry guys, but I find this whole thing creatively bankrupt. This is truly the “copy and paste” generation.”

Agreed, this is the Trek version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

88. MJ - August 1, 2011

Can someone also explain to me why the Supreme Court still have “put a hold” on those three Star Trek novels (one by Alan Dean Foster) that were written in the new Trek universe, yet they let Orci and company put out these comic book stories that pretty much steal TOS authors’ stories for publication?

89. Boris - August 1, 2011

Supreme Court sounds like bad management-speak (product evangelism, going forward, synergy, etc.) I prefer “the creative team”.

90. I'm Not Joking, Lee!!! - August 1, 2011

I always thought Karl Urban resembled Gary Lockwood/Mitchell more than Bones.

91. NuKirk - August 1, 2011

@62–Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers in Star Trek? GET. OFF. THIS. SITE. NOWWWWWW. Take that blasphemy to a Pah-Wraith temple. LOL.

On a separate note, with Vulcan destroyed, what race will cone in to fill the spot of humanity’s prime ally and influencer in the Federation? The Andorians? Orions? I’d like to see an early first contact with the Bajorans, pre-Occupation, and let them be Federation members early, thus sparing them the horrors of the Cardassians…

92. NuKirk - August 1, 2011

Also: this Star Trek/DC universe crossover:BAD IDEA. That being said, it could prove a good idea, in that it could pave the way to integrate Superman into Star Trek if done right… Humanity welcomes New Krypton into The Federation…at that moment Darkseid and The Apokolips begin to plague the Alpha Quadrant…Kirk and crew investigate, and the key to their salvation rests in the hidden pasts of their two newest crew members…lieutenants Clark and Kara Kent…it could play out as a loose abstraction of the 1979 Motion Picture story merged with that of the Smallville series finale…

93. Christopher Roberts - August 1, 2011

Downgraded level of threat from the Klingon Empire. They’re either in bed with the Romulans and their moves to split the Federation apart. Or have been weakened by a disease and resent relying on the Feds for aid. Vulcan survivors looking to regroup and find a new homeworld, elevated to an ongoing Middle East or North/South Korea style threat. Aside from that, more Andorian, Tholian and Gorn activity.

94. Desstruxion - August 1, 2011

Trek with Superheroes = dumb.

The Trek 09 comics coming out look interesting. I’m curious about the Abramsverse take on Mitchell.

95. red dead ryan - August 1, 2011

Not a “Dr. Who” fan myself, but I have to think there are a lot more people who’d rather see a “Dr. Who”/”Star Trek” crossover rather than the lame-brained “Legion Of Superheroes”/”Star Trek” idea.

96. MJ - August 1, 2011

Question — are the original authors of the screenplays for the TOS episodes that Orci and his team are using on these comics getting a percentage of earnings?

I am much more likely to purchase these comics if the original authors are included in the profits. Otherwise, it would seem to border on a bit of theft of their work.

97. Christopher Roberts - August 1, 2011

96. I’m guessing the rights are a little loose where TOS is concerned, a show that came into existence almost 50 years ago, with some individual writers’ work not reserved.

We won’t be seeing the Guardian of Forever, given Harlan Ellison’s fierce protecting of his work. Or so I’m guessing.

Originally T’Pau was going to be a regular on Enterprise, but they invented the different character of T’Pol, due to added cost of paying her creator’s estate for twenty-something shows a year.

Eventually that Vulcan matriarch did appear in a three-part story in the final season.

98. Christopher Roberts - August 1, 2011

T’Pau being from Amok Time… but you knew that. And Theodore Sturgeon the writer who invented her.

99. Greg2600 - August 1, 2011

Gee, I just can’t wait to read a comic book of a story I already know the exact plot of! Just plain lame.

100. MJ - August 1, 2011

@97. OK, thanks Chris — that is what I feared. OK, this is sounding more akin to “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” the more that I learn about it. :-)

I’d much rather the Supreme Court “realease the original novels” of Alan Dean Foster and others that have been held up since 2009. It seems really crappy that Orci and company get to produce comics and games that really aren’t much of a departure from work that has gone before them, while these legitimate sf authors who have completed full novels with presumably very creative stories in the new universe, are locked up in a Paramount Indiana Jones type of vault that will never see the light of day. See info below.

“Star Trek (2009) tie-in novels

“In July 2009 a series of four novels tying into the recently released film, Star Trek, were announced. The books were each to be stand-alone stories, with the authors instructed to maintain the status quo established in the film. The books were scheduled to be released in a four month block from June to September in 2010. However, in January 2010 Pocket Books announced the books had been put on indefinite hold, pending further development of the new universe. They released a short statement saying:

” ‘With last summer’s blockbuster STAR TREK movie, JJ Abrams created a new vibrant, layered version of the Star Trek universe. After careful consideration, we decided to hold off on telling new stories while JJ and his team continue to develop his vision.’

“The books had all be written by this time, and many of the authors have commented that they hope or anticipate a future release once the next film is more developed. For now however they remain unpublished works.

“Prior to the cancellation all four books were solicited in a Pocket Books catalog, giving them early blurbs and covers.

101. MJ - August 1, 2011

And here are the summaries of the four completed novels that have been sequestered by JJ, Orci and company:

by Alan Dean Foster
In this new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Trek movie tie-in, Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise must decide if a group of refugees are actually a menace—or just misunderstood.
When a strange distress call comes in and Kirk orders the Enterprise to answer it, they encounter a large colony ship of refugees under attack. Unable to convince the Dre’kalk to cease fire, Kirk engages them and drives off their ships. The refugees—the Perenores, a race of furry bisymmetrical people—are starving, battered, and many are injured. Their ship wandered off course and their fuel and food is running out, so Kirk and the crew find a place for these displaced refugees. But just two months later, the Barran are threatening the Federation with war for protecting the Perenore menace. But Kirk and Spock are puzzled, the Perenores are peaceful people, what could have happened?

Seek a Newer World
by Christopher L. Bennett
When the Enterprise is outnumbered and under attack, the crew manages to escape and discovers an entire hidden civilization in this exciting new original Star Trek novel.
Stung by Nero’s escape, the Klingons are looking to salvage their pride by besting the ship that took him down: Enterprise. Command has assigned Kirk to observe and watch how the new captain performs his duties. A boring expedition becomes a fight for survival as the Klingons attack, outnumber, and outflank the young captain and his Enterprise crew. But just as the Enterprise escapes, the crew comes across an entire civilization of worlds within worlds hidden in a radiation belt of a large planet. A civilization so powerful that they can create all this? Kirk wonders just what are they hiding from and will do whatever it takes to find out.

More Beautiful Than Death
by David Mack
An all-new adventure featuring the new Enterprise crew on a mission to broker a Federation trade agreement, from critically acclaimed Star Trek author David Mack.
Captain Kirk leads the crew of the Enterprise on a mission to Akiron, a world known for its rich dilithium deposits and isolationist government. Aboard is Spock’s father, Ambassador Sarek, who is hoping to set up a trade agreement for the Federation with the planet. Pleased that the Federation has entrusted him with this mission, Kirk pledges everyone on Enterprise will grant the ambassador their full cooperation. Spock is happy to see his father and his Vulcan staff putting the destruction of their world behind them. But Sarek, however, has a secondary agenda while on board Enterprise…

The Hazards of Concealing
by Greg Cox
An all-new adventure featuring the new Enterprise crew—from New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox.
The events of the recent movie have left one important loose end: the elder Spock from the 24th century. His knowledge of both technology and future events makes him one of the most important strategic assets in the galaxy. Starfleet Command wants Ambassador Spock to rejoin Starfleet and share that information with them, but Spock is reluctant to interfere with the unfolding of the new timeline. Will he be able to escape a sinister plan wrought by the enemies of the Federation, or will their quest to exploit Spock’s wisdom succeed, with disastrous consequences?

102. Christopher Roberts - August 1, 2011

Normally what happens with Star Trek fiction, is that Pocket Books send manuscripts to Paramount for checking and they get back to the publisher with an okay. Apart from the times, where it clashes with a storyline under consideration for a film or episode. I remember the Garfield-Stevenses (with write on their own and for Bill Shatner’s books) mentioning on a DVD extra, that one of theirs was halted during the prep for Nemesis. A writer will come up with a similar idea, completely independently of screenwriters.

103. Christopher Roberts - August 1, 2011

102 *correction* = who write on their own and for Shatner

I think some of those books will see the light of day, as part of a merchandising tie-in for the next film. The authors asked to adjust parts if necessary, to fit in with whatever they come up with. I imagine authors are paid a set fee for fulfilling their contract anyway and are only missing out on additional bonus if they become best sellers, which Star Trek books don’t tend to anyway.

104. Christopher Roberts - August 1, 2011

When I say imagine, I basically read an article somewhere with an author explaining the process.

That bit earlier always had more wondering what clashed with Nemesis and was potentially a better storyline! It had to do with the Remans, I think. Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens decided to finally write about the sister world to Romulus and that race. Completely unaware that’s what the next film was going to (in part) cover.

105. Christopher Roberts - August 1, 2011

104. *correction* = had me wondering what clashed with Nemesis…

I could use an editor myself!

…and a profanity filer too while I’m at it, would be nice. :-}

106. Christopher Roberts - August 1, 2011

d’oh – profanity filter

If I’m the editor, then I should be fired.

107. CsMisi - August 2, 2011

#53. Boris Yes I’m interested in seeing for how the old major stories fold out in this new universe. I’m pretty sure there will be original stories too, but I find it absolutely OK that they lunch the new comic series with a reused story given the situation. So bring it on, I can hardly wait

108. MJ - August 2, 2011

@107 “but I find it absolutely OK that they lunch the new comic series with a reused story given the situation.”

Yea, nothing like a good “lunch” of comics — and for this awful idea, I would prefer to eat them versus reading them. I would like ranch dressing on mine, with the paper finely diced first, and mixed with almond shavings :-))

109. John from Cincinnati - August 2, 2011

I met Gary Lockwood at the Vegas Con last year and chatted with him a bit.

Nice guy

110. Craiger - August 2, 2011

I am torn between reusing old TOS villians and coming up with new ones, I might think Trek is dead if they keep just retelling old TOS stories. However I would like see what the general public would think seeing the new actors portraying the TOS take on old TOS villians. It may make them want to watch all the other Trek TV series and movies as it may have done with the first reboot movie and they would demand more Trek movies and maybe even a new Trek TV series.

111. Clay - August 2, 2011

I’m looking forward to reading these. I think it’s somthing fresh and new. It makes me continue to enjoy the TOS series even more.

112. jonathon crillon - August 3, 2011

Sooo….Gary Mitchelll still looks like Gary Lockwood…he’s the one exception? Cant’ wait to see new movie Sally Kellerman.

113. PM1701 - August 3, 2011

Like to see some original plots for comics at the least.
Can’t believe they’re remaking The Great Gatsby… in 3D.

114. Captain Jack Harkness - August 4, 2011

I really miss Star Trek. This new jj-trek stuff is vaguely interesting, but I prefer Star Trek to jj-trek fluff. I don’t care to see TOS episodes redone in the jj-trek vein. What’s the point? These events have already happened in the “real” Star Trek universe, so why bother revisiting them in the jj-verse? I’m not interested. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.