IDW Publishing has released their April solicits. TrekMovie has the covers and details of April’s Star Trek comics and other comics news after the break.
April 2013 Star Trek comics solicits
Star Trek #20
Written by Mike Johnson, art by Claudia Balboni, cover art by Tim Bradstreet
The all-new origin stories of the Enterprise crew conclude with this special issue that focuses on TWO Trek Stalwarts: Sulu and Chekov! Witness their first meeting at Starfleet Academy, and learn how their paths intertwined all the way to the bridge of the Enterprise! Overseen by Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci, this issue sets the stage for Sulu and Chekov’s new adventures in the blockbuster film sequel!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Variant Covers: Tim Bradstreet sketch cover and a photo cover!
Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness #4 (of 4)
Written by Mike Johnson, art by David Messina
This is it! Don’t miss the shocking conclusion of this official prequel to next spring’s STAR TREK film sequel! Overseen by STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci, this climactic issue leads directly into the upcoming blockbuster as Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew fight for fate of the Galaxy!
2 regular covers will be shipped in a 4-to-1 ratio (4 David Messina, 1 Photo)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Variant Covers: unique variant cover, graded by the CGC!
Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness TPB
Written by Mike Johnson, art and cover by David Messina
The countdown to the motion picture event of 2013 begins here, in this blockbuster 4-issue prequel mini-series that sets the stage for the upcoming STAR TREK film! Like the best-selling STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN in 2009, this all-new series leads directly into the next movie, with a story by STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci and Mike Johnson (STAR TREK ongoing series), and drawn by the original STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN artist, David Messina! STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN TO DARKNESS is the can’t-miss lead-in to the new adventures of the Enterprise crew!
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-623-0
Star Trek: John Byrne Collection HC
by John Byrne
Comics legend John Byrne has taken on four Star Trek titles, all collected in this oversized hardcover collection. Assignment Earth recounts the adventures of interstellar agent Gary Seven, Crew recounts a tale from the very beginnings of the United Federation of Planets, Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor is a collection of tales from this famous member of the Frontier Medics Program, and mystery, intrigue, and war abound in Romulans: Pawns of War.
HC • FC • $49.99 • 320 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN 978-1-61377-612-4
Star Trek Space-Spanning Treasury Edition
Written by Mike Johnson, art by Stephen Molnar, cover art by Tim Bradstreet
IDW continues to boldly go where no comic book company has gone before—producing beautiful treasury editions of comics deserving of a BIG format! Collecting three issues that tell two complete stories, featuring one story inspired from the original series as well as one completely new tale! Great stories by ace Trek scribe Mike Johnson and stupendous art by Stephen Molnar featuring THE RETURN OF THE ARCHONS and THE REDSHIRTS STORY!
FC • 72 pages • 9.25” x 14.25” • $9.99
Other Star Trek comics news
Artist David Messina gives us our first view of a Klingon in the new Trek verse. You can see Messina’s original art for Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness #4 at davidmessinart.blogspot.com.
Apparently the Kindle edition of Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 Vol. 2, is already available for your reading pleasure, but limited to these devices: Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Cloud Reader, Kindle for iPad, and Kindle for Android. The trade paperback edition is scheduled for release in February.
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.