This spring, IDW Publishing will launch a new, bi-monthly TOS comic, and TrekMovie has the details.
Last December, IDW released Star Trek Annual 2013, a “photonovel”-style story from legendary comic book writer/artist John Byrne, set during The Original Series and a sequel to “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. Taking stills from the series, Byrne utilized digital technology to place the characters in a brand new story:
What John does on these photonovel stories is nothing short of amazing,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Office/Editor-in-Chief. “He’s moved far beyond photo-manipulation and montage to constructing his own set pieces, uniforms, and characters. Much more than just comic stories, these tales are the closest thing to Original Series-era ‘lost episodes’ that the world will ever see.
The initial title received favorable reviews and quickly sold out its original print run. On the heels of that success, IDW and Byrne have announced Star Trek: New Visions, an ongoing, bi-monthly title that will launch in May, with the first issue featuring the return of the Mirror Universe.
Star Trek and Photonovels
Star Trek is no stranger to the photonovel format. Before VCR’s became pervasive, photonovels were a popular way to relive a tv show or movie. Stills were captured from the episode or film and then comic book-style word balloons would be inserted for dialogue. Bantam published 12 Star Trek photonovels in the late 1970’s based on many of the series’ most famous episodes (City of the Edge of Forever, Where No Man Has Gone Before, The Trouble with Tribbles, The Devil in the Dark, etc.). Pocket Books also later released photonovel adaptations of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. These photonovels are still fondly remembered by many older fans.
Coming in the Spring
As noted above, the first print run of Star Trek Annual 2013 is sold out. IDW will be releasing a second printing in May to coincide with the release of the ongoing series. The title is currently available digitally through Comixology.com.
Star Trek Visions will be released as double-sized issues starting in May and will be available in print and digital form.
For more information about these titles and other Star Trek titles that IDW publishes, visit: http://www.idwpublishing.com