The folks at IDW Publishing have been busy. First up we have previews of the comics coming next February. Plus IDW is running a cover contest, reprinting Star Trek comics in print and digital formats, and jumping onto new personal entertainment devices. A roundup of all the Star Trek comics news that’s fit to post and more, after the break.
PREVIEW: February Star Trek comics
IDW has just released their solicitations for February comics, including 3 Star Trek titles. Here are the previews.
Star Trek #6
Written by Mike Johnson, art by Joe Corroney, cover by Tim Bradstreet
It’s the stunning conclusion of OPERATION: ANNIHILATE! The events of the new timeline unfold in shocking ways as Kirk reunites with his estranged brother to save a colony from extinction. STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci oversees this story that continues the lead-up to the much-anticipated film sequel!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Variant Tim Bradstreet sketch cover!
Variant photo cover!
Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes #5 (of 6)
Written by Chris Roberson, Art by Jeffrey Moy & Philip Moy, covers by Phil Jimenez, Mike Allred
In the distant past, one team of Legionnaires and Starfleet officers come face to face with the force that erased both of their timelines from existence, while in the altered 23rd century another team confronts the latter-day version of that same force. But now that they know how history was changed, can anything be done to set things right?
Variant Mario Alberti cover!
Star Trek Classics, Vol. 2: Enemy Unseen
[224 page Trade Paperback: $21.99]
Writers: Keith R.A. DeCandido, Christopher Golden, Tom Sniegoski, and Scott Ciencin, Art by Peter Pachoumis, Scott Benefiel, Dave Hoover, and Andrew Currie, Cover by Drew Stuzan
In a long and distinguished career, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew have faced uncounted foes and vanquished incredible dangers. But what happens when the ememy can’t be easily seen–when it lurks in the shadows, disguises itself as polite society, or emerges from the depths of one’s own mind? These are the antagonists with which the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise must contend in this volume, the most dangerous kind of enemy–the enemy unseen. Contains the three stories "Perchance to Dream,” "Embrace the Wolf,” and "The Killing Shadows.”
OUT THIS WEEK: Star Trek 100-Page Spectacular
This collection reprints a quartet of stories offering an introduction to the IDW universe of Star Trek. The first three are stand-alone stories, while the fourth is the first chapter of a mini-series:
- Star Trek: Alien Spotlight Vol. 1: Romulans
Written and drawn by John Byrne, colors by Leonard O’Grady, letters by Neil Uyetake
- Star Trek: Alien Spotlight Vol. 2: Tribbles
Written by Stuart Moore, art by Mike Hawthorne, colors by Mike Hawthorne and James Brown, letters by Richard Starkings
- Star Trek: Captain’s Log – Sulu
Written by Scott and David Tipton, art by Federica Manfredi, colors by Andrea Priorini, color assist by Chiara Cinabro, letters by Neil Uyetake
- Star Trek: Mission’s End #1
Written by Ty Templeton, art by Stephen Molnar, colors by John Hunt, letters by Neil Uyetake
IDW posted a preview of Star Trek 100-Page Spectacular at issuu.com. The cover art by Joe Corroney features the big three of the original series.
IDW Star Trek comics contest
You can Be a Redshirt. Earlier this month IDW announced a contest. The redshirt grand prize winner, protecting his or her favorite comics retailer, will appear on a limited edition variant cover of Star Trek Ongoing #5 drawn by the Sharp Brothers (Rob and Joe). The winning fan will receive 100 copies of the comic and the original cover art, with another 100 copies going to the retailer. See the press release for contest details. The contest closes Friday, December 9, 2011.
OUT THIS WEEK: Digital Star Trek comics this week
This week, IDW released digital reprints of more than 70 Star Trek comics at comiXology. You can search all new releases at comoXology. IDW is publishing new comics in digital format, at or near, the same time as print. The most recent current comics, Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #2 and Star Trek Ongoing #2, are both available in digital format. New digital comics are initially priced the same as print, $3.99, but after four weeks the price drops to $1.99. Keep an eye on IDW News or ComicsPlus for announcements about new digital comics. How do you read IDW’s digital comics? There’s more than one app for that if you have an iPad/iPhone/iPod touch or other personal electronic device. More on other devices in a moment.
NEW COLLECTIONS COMING: The latest and forthcoming Star Trek collections
For those of you who don’t like to buy individual issues of IDW’s Star Trek comics, everything is collected and reprinted, sometimes more than once. A boxed set of IDW’s Star Trek movie-related comics was published this month. The set contains three previously released trade paperbacks: Countdown, Nero, and Star Trek: Movie Adaptation. Later this year, IDW will publish a hardcover collection of their Transformers/G.I. Joe/Ghostbusters/Star Trek crossover extravaganza, Infestation, previously released in two trade paperbacks. This infestation will contains 22 pages of never before printed material, previously only available as a Pocket Gods digital download. So there! And Pocket God fans everywhere go wild.
Curiously, early in 2012, IDW will reprint some Star Trek: The Next Generation stories, originally published by Wildstorm, as Star Trek Classics. First up is The Gorn Crisis by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta with art by Igor Kordey, which tells the tale of a Next Generation encounter with the Gorn during the Dominion War. This graphic novel was previously published in hardcover and trade paperback. Enemy Unseen reprints a trade paperback collection of three Wildstorm comics, Perchance to Dream, Embrace the Wolf, and The Killing Shadows. If you missed them the first time around, you have a second chance. No, wait, is this the third chance? Maybe it’s the fourth. I’ve lost count.
And of course, the first trade paperback collection of the new ongoing Star Trek series will appear some time in 2012.
Star Trek comics on new electronic devices
The Kindle Fire is out in the wild. This small format tablet from Amazon is designed for consuming entertainment media of all types, including comics. Last week, ComiXology announced that their comics app will be available as one of the free apps on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Click on the Kindle to see the press release.
Last week, IDW announced the availablity of graphic novels for the newly launched Kobo Vox eReader. The initial lineup of digital publications includes Star Trek: Movie Adaptation. Click on the Kobo Vox to see the press release.
Star Trek comics on ancient plastic devices
Last and far from least, here’s something for TrekMovie’s iPhone/iPad/Kindle/Nook/Kobo/[Your favorite device goes here] fangirls and fanboys. I thought I’d seen it all, with respect to Star Trek comics, but I was wrong. I recently stumbled across this two-year old article at James Sawyer’s A Piece of the Action, about a forty-year old personal entertainment device for reading Star Trek comics. The Star Trek Movie Viewer, sold by the ChemToy Corporation, is a plastic hand-held device for viewing 16mm filmstrips. The viewer was patented in 1935 and manufactured by Acme, has no multi-megapixel camera, no speaker, no headphone jack, no RAM, no SIM card, no 3G, no 4LTE, no Wi-Fi, no personal assistant, and no apps, but it comes with two black&white 16mm filmstrips reprinting the first Gold Key Star Trek comic, The Planet of No Return. Who knew entertainment could be so simple? Other filmstrips published for the same viewer featured the Lone Ranger, Dick Tracy, Hopalong Cassidy, Bonanza, The Three Stooges, Superman, and Land of the Giants.
No! Not the guinea pigs! (A single frame from one of the 16mm filmstrips)
And that’s all for now.
Mark Martinez is an obsessive-compulsive Star Trek comics reader and collector. You can visit his website, the Star Trek Comics Checklist for more than you ever needed to know about Star Trek comics.