What small things will change the destinies of a man’s life, and what trials might people have to go through to show their mettle. Andrew Steven Harris’ new comic series "The Last Generation" will examine the plight of a group of survivors as they fight against the Klingon Empire. See below for our preview of the series including comments from the author and exclusive artwork.
Next month, IDW’s "Last Generation" begins with its first issue, "Do Not Close Your Eyes". Andrew Steven Harris is the author of the five-issue alternative timeline series that is akin to the stories within the recent Pocket Book’s Myriad Universes anthologies. "Last Generation” is set in a universe where James T. Kirk was unable to prevent the assassination of the Federation President at the end of Star Trek VI, and the Klingons have been able to conquer Earth. Seventy years later (in what should be the TNG era) is where the story picks up, with Picard leading a resistance on Earth, and Worf being the Terran Warlord.
In "The Last Generation" All the members of the Next Generation crew are present (including Pulaski, Wesley and Tasha Yar) and most of them are members of Picard’s ‘Resistance’ cell. There will be cameos for characters from Voyager, Deep Space Nine and even The Original Series. Harris also says "keep your eye out for continuity Easter eggs throughout, including some nods to the Trek novels." However readers should not expect to see the ships of the TNG era, as the USS Excelsior is the last surviving ship from the old Starfleet. TLG’s story focuses on Picard’s last desperate gambit to resist the Klingons who have returned to their more brutal ways. Unlike the stories of the Myriad Universe anthology, Picard and friends will come to realize they are in an alternative timeline. However that does not mean that the series will resolve like past Trek alternative timeline episodes. Harris notes "I have never been a fan of the reset button."
This five issue collection tells one epic story, however Harris tells TrekMovie that “each issue has its own natural beginning, middle and end, like chapters in a book, or perhaps like the Dominion War episodes from Deep Space Nine, where each installment stands on its own but is first and foremost part of an overall saga.” Harris got high marks for his Picard/Locutus character-focused Borg issue of the IDW’s Alien Spotlight series, but he also took to heart comments that the story would have played out even better as a longer mini-series. Harris says that TLG’s longer format and alternate universe story, allows him “the time and space to do that type of character introspection with an entire cast of individuals, rather of just one…They’re all in an incredibly dangerous, desperate situation, and that allows their character traits to come into much sharper focus.”
Over the course of the five issues of "The Last Generation", Harris holds the writing duties while Gordon Purcell (“Year Four: Enterprise Experiment”) handles the pencils. Mario Boon will be doing the colors for the series, and first came to Harris’ attention with his work on the Vulcan Alien Spotlight issue. JK Woodward (“Fallen Angel”) is contributing a cover for each issue, and a second cover for each issue will be done by various artists, including Pablo Raimondi (“X-Factor”) on the first issue, Robert Atkins (IDW’s upcoming “GI Joe” series) on the second, Joe Corroney on the third, and Gordon Purcell himself on the fourth.
The first issue of "Star Trek The Last Generation" hits shops in an ad-free format in the middle of November. Keep an eye out for an early review from TrekMovie.com.