Preview Of Star Trek Comics For October – Including New Newspaper Strips Collection + 3 More titles

IDW has released previews for their Star Trek comics coming in October and it is going to be a busy month with four different books (not including variant covers). Included is the first collection of the Star Trek newspaper comic strips. Check out details and covers for all the Star Trek comics below.



Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Vol. 1 • Hardcover 264 pages • $49.99
Thomas Warkentin, Sharman DiVono, Ron Harris (w & a)
Presenting the rare newspaper strip from the late 1970s and early 1980s that Star Trek fans have eagerly awaited. Volume One includes the first ten story arcs, from the strip’s debut on December 2, 1979 through October 25, 1981. Stories and art by Thomas Warkentin, Sharman DiVono, and Ron Harris.


Star Trek #14 • 32 pages • $3.99
Mike Johnson (w) • Stephen Molnar (a) • Tim Bradstreet (c)
The countdown to next summer’s blockbuster STAR TREK sequel continues here! Find out how Scotty and his alien sidekick Keenser first met in thisall-new story overseen by STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci!
Variant covers: Tim Bradstreet sketch cover, Photo Cover.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive #2 (of 4) • 32 pages • $3.99
Brannon Braga, Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (w) • Joe Corroney, photo (a & c)
Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise face off against a deadly new foe that threatens the very galaxy itself. This time, they do not meet their enemy alone, but with a most unlikely ally—the Borg!
Variant covers: David Messina “Famous Borgs in History” cover.

Star Trek TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #6 (of 8) • 32 pages • $3.99
Scott & David Tipton (w) • J.K. Woodward (a & c)
The two greatest science-fiction properties of all time cross over for the first time in history, in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/DOCTOR WHO: ASSIMILATION2! An unexpected alliance is formed, providing a glimmer of hope in surviving the CyberBorg onslaught!
Variant covers: Emanuela Lupacchino cover.

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Hey Bob,

Were we supposed to know that Pegg doesn’t die his hair in the sequel this soon?

Used to love the old ST newspaper strips. Still have a batch I clipped out.


@1 It’s a photoshopped picture using a still from Mission Impossible and a starfleet uniform. It’s not from the new movie so don’t read too much into it.

I never even knew that there was a Trek newspaper comic strip in the late 70’s!

I remember the newspaper comic strips. They featured in the Daily Mail in the UK as i recall. I can remember buying the paper, briefly, for them.
And does anybody actually care how Scotty and the lizard thing met?

“Find out how Scotty and his alien sidekick Keenser first met in thisall-new story…”

Agh! Does someone actually care…?

That’ll be two months without a comic fix.

I both don’t get Keenser and don’t mind him.

Does Scotty need a Chewie?

I wonder if Keenser is some Alien engineering savant and this universe’s Scott can’t do a damn thing without him.

Did anyone see Scotty sweating bullets in the IDW/Trek Ongoing Issue 13? I mean, the man has a confidence problem for sure.

I wish we would see a story where keenser is dispatched once and for all. He is by far my biggest complaint about the last trek movie.
And I really enjoyed Trek 2009, except for that friggen Keenser.

#6 & #8 – You took the thoughts right out of my head.
If Scotty takes the conn in the next movie, will he have to have his stupid little chum sitting on his knee before he can make any decisions? Sheesh!

Have never understood why Orci and co. regarded Scotty as the c”omic relief” and gave him a sidekick. I was hoping for a tougher, more authoritative Scotty in the next movie – you know, someone who bore some resemblance to the original – but if they’re shoving out comics with this ridiculous creature, looks like it’s a vain hope.

Simon Pegg playing Scotty is like Al Pacino playing JFK. Right actor, wrong role. And Keenser? Yikes. Generally speaking, I love the Orcibrand comics and pre order them. This one, though, meh.

And I’m embarrassed as a lifelong Trekkie that not only have I not seen the post-TMP serial but I wasn’t aware it existed. Why is Ilea in it if it’s post-TMP though? Unless it’s Lt. Sinead O’Conner.

At the San Diego Con, I was told that classic Trek artist Gordon Purcell was pencilling the Trek/Who book starting with issue 4. I love his art and think it will look awesome with JK Woodward painting it!

A: “The origin of Scotty and Keenser’s relationship.”

Q: “Whoever comes up with the worst idea for a plot for #14 has to (hic) chug the next beer.”

Oops! SPOILER ALERT! Scotty is now officially blonde! Is that Nero’s fault too?

Never knew that Trek newspaper comic existed either. Guess it just wasn’t picked up by my local newspaper. Amazing the things we didn’t know about for lack of an internet back then!

I’m waiting for a continuation of IDW’s excellent TOS comicbooks.

I remember the newspaper strips very well! They started right after the movie came out and I collected them. I taped them to sheets of paper making my own comic book. The daily strips were B&W, but were color in the Sunday paper.
One of the things I liked so much of the strips was how accurate they drew the new Enterprise. I think I collected the first three stories before finally losing track of the daily strips.

I remember Scotty being blond in some of the 1960s/70s comic books. Seems oddly fitting to have the comicbook blond Scotty in a reversioned Trek that has driven out the turgid pomposity of recent years and returned to the fun of the original show and its licenced spin-offs. And Keenser was funny to everyone who doesn’t see Trek as a religious text and a map of the future of the human race!

That’s it!!!!

Cumberbatch is playing the enraged canon version of Scotty’s hair, manifested in human form!!

I’ m more interested in Star Trek ongoing #14 and Star Trek The Next Generation: Hive. They look great!


I called that months ago. You can tell in every leaked pic.

#15 “Keenser was funny to everyone who doesn’t see Trek as a religious text and a map of the future of the human race!”

No he wasn’t, pet.

And please don’t presume to speak for “everyone” when what you mean is that YOU thought it was funny and you think anyone who doesn’t must be wrong.

Majority opinion in polls indicates that most Trek fans think the wretched creature is a complete waste of space, who was put in there as a sop to the kidees and to sell more toys.

18. For you perhaps, but don’t know people who like/want to read trek comics. They are obviously making enough money to continue to be published. d

As always, I look forward to the IDW lead-in. I for one actually enjoyed Keenser for what he was; a quick, fun character (he was literally in two, maybe three scenes). I hope that maybe he will be included to a greater extent in the sequel and maybe we’ll get to see him a bit more fleshed out. He has the potential to be an interesting side character, perhaps along the lines of Neelix in Voyager, and I think the comic will meet the same great standard that all the others have.

Also, hoping for an Archer cameo in this issue, whether Jonathan or an ancestor.

For those who are interested, a fairly comprehensive discussion of the Trek newspaper comics (that I wrote for the site a few years back) is over at

Scotty and Jar Jar………I mean Keenser comics? Nope.

Keenser wasn’t kringe worthy but okay he also wasn’t a character that was ‘needed’ either. But before you overreact, go watch Star Wars eps 1-3 and Return of the Jedi and then honestly try to tell me that Keenser was anywhere near as bad as Jar Jar or an Ewok. He just wasn’t.

Those Hive comics having the Borg and Picard ally with each other? The only time Starfleet allied with the Borg was against Species 8472, so makes me wonder if that is who the villian in Hive is.

Speaking of Borg alliances, The Doctor allying with The Borg in issue 6 of the Next Generation/Doctor Who crossover? (smh)

And back to Hive…WOW. Freaky promo cover of Locutus of Borg as the Abraham Lincoln monument with the Borg motto above. Makes one think.

Keenser shows that Starfleet is diverse and isn’t just made up of a bunch of attractive humanoids. A quiet little alien pinecone guy can be an engineer on the flagship, too.

20. Belkin

Ooh huffity puffity puff! Such outrage! My word! Write to The Guardian and fill their columns with your DISGUSTED bile at the horrors Dom’s committed! Gasp! I said ‘everyone’ instead of ‘anyone!’ May Roddenberry’s finger of shame forever torment me!

My God! I’m such an outrageous creature! Next thing, you’ll be accusing me of sleeping with Jar Jar! Finger wag! Finger wag! Finger wag!

Mate, people who have the sort of issue with Keenser you do and come out with paragraphs of self-righteous bunkum like yours are precisely the sort of people the new Trek films are not exclusively focusing on.. You’re in a hardcore, humourless fanboy minority, while Star Trek has (finally!) refocused itself on the mainstream audience it was originally aimed at, who clearly had no issue with the fun (frankly, minor) character and wouldn’t be seen dead on a forum with you and me.

Now go and take your hands on hips to your local pub at 11pm! The landlord will love you: the bar will be empty by 11.01!! And take a chill pill grot Heaven’s sake!

Jar Jar Keenser :-D :-D New movie´s title: Star Trek: Keenser Strikes Back :-D

I don’t get the “turning a character into comic relief” idea. They tried that unsuccessfully in TNG movies with Worf and Data – terrible. Keenser was unnecessary and unfunny. I too like the idea of Scotty being portrayed as intelligent with a sense of humor as well as tough as nails when the moment called for it. Scotty was not awful in the last film, mind you, but he was the least true to character for me. Simon Peg has the ability to play him properly IF he’s written properly. Here’s hoping Scotty gets to show his chops at being a miracle worker in the next film, Star Trek: None of Your Business.

Used to love the old Star Trek comic strips in the late 70s. I think they appeared here in the UK in the Daily Mail newspaper. My grandad used to cut them out for me.

I still have them stuck in a scrapbook somewhere – particularly remember the one where they’re in spacesuits on a moon and they encounter the hibernating aliens. I also used to love the refitted TMP Enterprise (still do – it’s the only Enterprise I’d genuinely call beautiful.

Ah, those were the days as a seven/eight year old…

HATE Keenser!!!! And he’d best be gone in the sequel!!! I’ll walk out if he’s in the next movie — ((grits teeth)) — I swear it!!!!

i wonder if keenser like quadrotriticale? he’s cute, like tribble. i think mongo would agree.

The Scotty and Borg stories look interesting. Now where do I get these comics. I don’t remember the Star Trek newspaper strip. Fascinating. Wonder what it was like.

@25. PEB – July 18, 2012

I agree that Keenser wasn’t as cringe-worthy as Jar Jar or an Ewok, but as you demonstrate, he summons the comparisons:]

A two-part episode around an interesting idea, encounter, maybe even something si-fi-ish, or a bit of character development of main characters, including Scotty, might be more deserving…; esp. with a two-part Tribble-sode on the way.

@26. Orb of Wisdom – July 18, 2012

“Keenser shows that Starfleet is diverse and isn’t just made up of a bunch of attractive humanoids. A quiet little alien pinecone guy can be an engineer on the flagship…”

…which would be cool if he were treated seriously, rather than as a cutsie comic relief tool.

Never knew about the comic strip–pricy collection, but from comments I’m seeing here, I’ll at least check it out.

So what is Keenser was a silly character. Did it wreck the movie? No. Does it add to the movie? maybe not. I think that balances out to Keenser being a non issue. I liked the alien idea that they were trying to push with Keenser’s look, and I didn’t too much mind the guy.

The only thing I would suggest is that they give us a little more reason to believe that the guy is an engineer. Obviously it’s too late to make any suggeston for this film, but I would like to see a bit were Keenser has to prove to the rest the enterprise crew who don’t know him that he is a really good engineer. Maybe, he is integral in getting the ship out of danger, or suggests somthing that our relativly green Scotty hadn’t thought of. I would like to see that.

@ 28. Dom – July 18, 2012

Ah, Thank You! Paragraphs of spew attack are so refreshing after “paragraphs of self-righteous bunkum.”

I take it you’ve closed a few pubs. Take a chill pill grot Heaven’s sake!:]

@35 well…I mean…I wasn’t the one who brought up JarJar or the Ewoks, other posters kept comparing the characters :)

So I’ll just say Keenser is FAR less annoying than Naomi Wildman, Neelix, Dr Flox, Harry Kim, and early Wesley Crusher (because despite what others might say, Wes was far more enjoyable during the latter seasons of TNG. I think I gained respect for him like I ended up respecting Nog after he manned up and ended up on the bridge of the NuDefiant.)

If anything, I’d equate Keenser to a Tribble. I don’t find either “cute” but I also don’t mind either within the Star Trek universe. The simple fact that the Klingons sent warships to destroy the Tribble homeworld makes them even edge out Keenser in the annoyance department. I mean really, warships destroying the homeworld….was it really that serious in the prime timeline???

Scotty now blond? Hair dye in Scotty’s case. Simon says, “Thank god, I don’t need to have all that crap put in my hair that is already thin”

OTOH, Chris Pine’s lovely thick head of hair can stand a little lightening up…

I generally enjoy Pegg’s Scotty (took me a while to get used to it, but I like it now). But for the comic cover could they not have photoshopped his hair just a WEE bit darker to match the movies?

Just a thought…

What is actually wrong with Keenser? Frankly, I don’t get the hate of this character by some. Nor do I get the hate for ewoks etc either.

I am curious to know about the species Keenser comes from. He is as legitimate an alien species as anyone else (same goes for ewoks). I don’t understand the apparent closed-mindedness around here but it might shed a little light on why so many plant and animal species face extinction on this earth.`

I am tired of people trying to second-guess JJ Abrams and the writers’ motivations for writing a character and using an idea that seem similar to what was in the Star Wars movies. Seeing Keenser in the movie did not make me think of ewoks or anything else. He was just this unusual short, two legged furry creature with strange eyes, and clearly alien (as in not knowing of any animal on earth being like this creature, Keenser). Why can’t the Keensers just be who they are, in the same way chimpanzees are, well, chimpanzees?…

@42 I agree. Honestly never thought of Ewoks or JarJar until I saw some posts here. There are loads of threads online that will go into why there’s so much frustration with Ewoks and to be honest, I think if they had been in the expanded universe say in Star Wars comics and not in ROTJ then fans would have a different feeling towards them. I just dont think that they fit within that film. And I understand what they were going at -the small furry guys with sticks and stones going up against the imperial troops with their big bad machines- but I think a better use of that idea would’ve been to make the Ewoks something more of a tribal race like in Avatar. And it felt like so much forced cuteness after Empire Strikes Back. At least, that’s my oppinion of it.

Yeah, I don’t get the hate towards Keenser either. I think one legitimate criticism that can be made is that he wasn’t really fleshed out. Not that he has to have lines, but maybe he can be shown operating or repairing an engineering console or something.

As for the Ewoks, I think they’re neat. Yeah, they look like teddy bears, but so what? They actually had intelligence, and showed resourcefulness when they were able to defeat the Imperial Troops with sticks, stones, and battering rams.

Jar Jar Binks, though somewhat redeemed in the “The Clone Wars” animmated series, will always be remembered as a hipster doofus klutz clown.



*sigh* Keachick, Keachick, Keachick…

Is your role on this site just to argue and take the opposite of the prevailing and popular view on a subject?

You seriously get on my nerves sometimes — just like Keenser, Jar Jar and Ewoks.

Maybe that’s why you like them so much — so “Na Na to you!!” ((sticks out tongue and raspberries Keachick))

I am not here to argue for or against anything or anyone, just for the hell of it. Anyone who has been here for a while knows that. Just who the hell are you, Twiddle Dee and what might your role be?

It must be in their contract, because I hear Ewoks are in The Dark Knight Rises, too.

The bane of our existence.

Agreeing with Keachick and RDR, I actually LIKED Keenser.

He was a carefully and sparingly used character. Always thought Scotty could use a ‘little’ help in the engine room (hee hee). And at least (unlike the obnoxious, offensive Jar Jar or even the annoying Neelix) he didn’t talk much…. ;-)

Hi all!

For those that don’t like Keenser, read #14. For those that like him, read #14.

It’s a look at what it means to be in Starfleet (a human institution) as a non-human. How did he get there? Where did he come from? How did he end up on Delta Vega? What did Scotty say when they first met?

Not played as comic relief. Hope you dig it, and, as always, thank you for supporting Trek in all its incarnations.