IDW Publishing are jumping into the nostalgia for the Kirk era with new comic series from the days when men were men and Klingons were ridgeless. This April sees the start of a five issue comic titled ‘Star Trek: Klingons – Blood Will Tell.’ Each issue will relate to a Klingon-centric episode and show the Klingon point of view. The first issue will be related to the episode "Errand of Mercy", with subsequent issues dealing with "Trouble with Tribbles," "A Private Little War," "Day of The Dove" and even "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country." IDW promises that fans will never look at their favorite Klingon episodes the same after the reading the comics. "There is more to the Klingons than meets the eye and that’s what we wanted to get to in these comics," says IDW Editor Dan Taylor.
Delving deeper and taking it farther
The Klingon books, written by Scott and David Tipton with art by David Messina, show how Trek’s new comic licensee IDW are willing to delve deeper into both characters and into Trek lore. According to Taylor IDW’s next Star Trek comic will go beyond the end of the Original Series and be a virtual ‘4th season’ for TOS. After that he says they may take a closer look at some other TOS aliens such as the Orions or Romulans and give them the same treatment as the Klingons, but probably for one or two issues each.
The Kirk era will certainly get attention from IDW, but fans of the multifarious versions of Star Trek will also see comic adventures. IDW already have a Next Generation series with one issue out now and the 2nd issue due shortly. As for the other shows Taylor tells TrekMovie.com that his favorite Trek show is Deep Space Nine and he hopes to see that in a comic. He also mentioned that taking a look at Enterprise would be a great idea because that is the only Star Trek show not yet featured with comics. IDW is also discussing the possibilities of comics for Star Trek XI (IDW recently announced a series of comic ‘prequels’ to the upcoming Transformers Movie). While these differing versions are not yet approved, it appears that IDW is considering presenting a variety of Star Trek adventures.
Star Trek comic books are available from IDW or your local comic book store. Collectors should not that IDW are doing each of the Trek comics with cover variants. The Klingon series will have 3 covers (two shown above…click to enlarge) A third cover will actually be in the Klingon language! ComicBookResources has some more info and some preview pages from the Klingon series.