TrekInk: Star Trek Comics Coming April 2015

The epic crossover tale, The Primate Directive, comes to a shocking conclusion and the Five-Year Mission of the Enterprise continues in April 2015 with a little help from IDW Publishing. Details after the break.

IDW Publishing Star Trek comics for April 2015
This month’s Star Trek comics feature one of the best Kirk covers ever conceived! You can see what I mean at J.K. Woodward’s Tumblr.

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #5 (of 5)
Scott Tipton, David Tipton (w) • Rachael Stott (a & c)
The battle for conquest of the Planet of the Apes comes to a climax! Can Captain Kirk wrest control of the Gorilla army from the Klingons?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Cover art by Rachael Stott

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #5 (of 5)—Subscription Variant
Scott Tipton, David Tipton (w) • Rachael Stott (a) • J.K. Woodward (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

  • Each issue features an essay on Star Trek and Planet of the Apes by comedian and über-fan Dana Gould!
  • Gold Key-style photo cover variant!

Cover art by J.K. Woodward

Star Trek #44—Five-Year Mission
Mike Johnson (w) • Tony Shasteen (a) • Joe Corroney (c)
Eurydice Part 2 of 2. The Five Year Mission leading up to 2016’s blockbuster STAR TREK movie continues here, as Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise find themselves in the clutches of the Dark Market Syndicate deep in the Delta Quadrant. Don’t miss this all-new story produced in the association with STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Cover art by Joe Corroney

Star Trek #43—Five Year Mission—Subscription Variant
Mike Johnson (w) • Tony Shasteen (a) • Photo Cover (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Photo Cover

Never give up, never surrender!
The new adventures of the NSEA Protector and her gallant crew conclude this month! Will it mean the end of the world as we know it?

Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues #4 (of 4)
Erik Burnham (w) • Nacho Arranz (a & c)
The fate of a world hangs in the balance in this explosive finale!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Cover art by Nacho Arranz

Where have I seen that meme before?
Does the cover art for Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #5 look familiar? If not, then you need to read Rich Handley’s Timeline of the Planet of the Apes with Patricio Carbajal’s chess-themed cover art!

Cover art by Patricio Carbajal

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The Planet of the Apes crossover is so stupid! What’s the next crossover going to be? Star Trek and Scooby Do?


You’re right, Number 1!

Now waiting for STAR TREK: The Wrath Of The Teletubbies


Hat Rick

Next: Star Trek crossover with Galaxy Quest.

One can only dream!

Legate Damar

1-That actually sounds awesome. A Ferengi can dress himself up as Fek’lahr as part of an elaborate real estate scam, and it will be up to a time travelling Scooby and the gang to thwart his scheme.

Captain Dunsel

@4. Legate Damar
“A Ferengi can dress himself up as Fek’lahr …”

No – it would have to be a Ferengi in a gorilla suit. (But the clown can stay!)

phaser On Stun

@1. Scott


“Five Year Mission leading up to 2016’s blockbuster STAR TREK”

Yeah, right… With Orci not in the writing team anymore and no script the comics surely will have a ton of hints about the next movie…


Star Trek and Planet of the Apes are iconic 1960s scifi tales, so I have no problems with a well-written crossover. After all, we’ve had Star Trek and Zombies, Star Trek and Doctor Who, even Star Trek TNG and the X-Men a few years back.

Crossovers are a marketing necessity of the licenced product trade. Put simply, if you don’t like them, don’t buy them, then simple economics will make them not worth printing because they won’t make a profit. But clearly people do buy the crossovers.

To be honest, Star Trek and PotA makes far more sense to me than Star Trek and Doctor Who or Star Trek and the X-Men. And, seriously, in the 1970s, had Hanna Barbera been making the Star Trek cartoon series, I can imagine they would have crossed over Star Trek with Scooby Doo. Pretty much ever other 60s series did! And actually, in a non-canonical way, it’s a bit of fun!

Sadly a lot of Star Trek fans tend to forget Star Trek first and foremost is meant to be entertainment.

Hat Rick

As is Galaxy Quest.

However, a Star Trek / Galaxy Quest crossover can also be a meditation on the meta-philosophical implications of each. Each franchise’s characters can break the fourth wall in a “meta” sense, as GQ is intentionally a parodic version of ST.

The only crossover more intriguing than that would be a ST crossover with the Futurama version of ST, or, perhaps, a crossover with the Saturday Night Live ST skit wherein the characters refuse to believe that Star Trek has been canceled even when the sets are being dismantled in front of them.


“Sadly a lot of Star Trek fans tend to forget Star Trek first and foremost is meant to be entertainment.”

So true… Entertainment, tolerance, IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Indefinite Combinations)… ANY crossover is possible within the Trek philosophy…

Khan 2.0

more crossovers I hope to see:

Star Trek (TOS or TMP era)/Aliens
Star Trek (TOS)/The Invaders (a Quinn Martin productions)
Star Trek (TOS or JJ)/Star Wars (makes sense to do it now)
Star Trek (TOS)/Irwin Allen (LIS/VTTBOTS/LOTG/TTT)
Khan v Predator (on Ceti Alpha V)

Khan 2.0


Star Trek (TMP)/2001


Let’s hope for a “Star Trek”/”Power Rangers” crossover


How about KISS meets Star Trek?

I mean, really.


I honestly wouldn’t mind a Star Trek/Transformers crossover. People need to stop taking this so seriously its just a fun what if.

Khan 2.0

what about some (more) Horror crossovers (as like the Zombie issue):

Star Trek vs Freddy/Jason
Star Trek/Halloween
Star Trek/Evil Dead
Star Trek/The Fly
Star Trek/Universal Monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman etc)

Khan 2.0

I cant believe I missed out Star Trek vs The Thing!

Khan 2.0

would a Star Trek/Mission Impossible crossover comic work? I think so. (MI probably had the most Trek guest stars of any other series)

Red Dead Ryan

How about a “Star Trek”/Archie Comics crossover? Featuring Kirk who can’t decide between Betty and Veronica?


I see no reason to continue the humiliation of the prime universe with these ridiculous crossovers.

Adolescent Nightmare

I am ready for the 5 year mission!

The Observer

@ 21

Well, they aren’t allowed to humiliate the Abramsverse. CBS has mandated all crossovers be in the Prime. Besides, they can be quite fun. I’ve enjoyed all but the Legion of Superheroes crossover.


@18 (Khan 2.0): They sort of had a ‘Trek/The Thing crossover with the TNG episode “Aquiel”. In fact, there is a pivotal scene in that TNG episode that mimics a scene from the actual movie.


# 23. The Observer – January 25, 2015

“CBS has mandated all crossovers be in the Prime.” — The Observer

As well they would, as they are, after all, the publisher.


Will the next Star Trek movie be a Guardians of the Galaxy cross over or a Fast and Furious crossover? Actually I think we’ll have both…

Khan 2.0

Star Trek/TJ Hooker 4 issue miniseries please


#29: And your point is…?

(Next time, try making one.)

Cad Bane

I want a Star Trek/Indiana Jones crossover, but one with M:I has more chance to happen now

Who cares

@30. My point was to share the article with the people who run this site as it is Trek related and possibly of interest to the Trek fans who come here and may not have seen it elsewhere. It was also somewhat interesting given that not long ago Stewart was quoted as saying he was “over” Star Trek, and this seems to show a change of heart. What other point is needed?

Victor Hugo

I always thought that a Star Trek:TNG/Indiana Jones would be perfect.

Indiana Jones and Captain Picard would have a lot to discuss.


32-Well, it doesn’t have anything to do with the article you are commenting on…


@ 32. Who cares – January 25, 2015

“My point was to share the article with the people who run this site as it is Trek related and possibly of interest to the Trek fans who come here and may not have seen it elsewhere.”

Agreed. There are some Trek related news that TM should be covering. Perhaps in news round-up type article that covers latest news like the ones from Patrick Stewart, Chris Pine & even the CW president comment this month.

Red Dead Ryan

Paramount is NOT going to bring back Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard. No siree!

So yeah, that is a non-story.


@ 36. Red Dead Ryan – January 26, 2015

“Paramount is NOT going to bring back Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard. No siree!”

I take it that Brad Grey himself told you this?


Well considering Galaxy Quest is a tv show in it’s own universe it could conceivably have taken the role of our Star Trek/Star Wars 20th century entertainment in a Trek universe crossover with no changes necessary to either universe to make them fit.


I agree with that and damn that would be an awesome story!

Hat Rick

@wi-kiry-lan, do you mean that Galaxy Quest would be a TV show in a Trek universe? If so, consider, however, that Trek has never actually shown us a 20th or 21st Century in-universe TV entertainment program. The most it has shown us in those terms would be “news footage,” such as of the Apollo-Saturn program in “Assignment: Earth” (TOS).

Actually, come to think of it, the ultimate crossover would be a visit by Captain Kirk and his valiant crew to a past version of Earth in which all the real events of his universe are found to be a TV show called “Star Trek.” I believe at least one or two science-fiction stories have been based on this premise. This would be the reverse of the story in Galaxy Quest, in which actors find themselves immersed in a real version of their show (or at least, their ship); and once again, I remember reading about a story in which the actors playing Kirk, Spock, et al., find themselves in the real universe portrayed by the series, “Star Trek,” they’re acting in.

Red Dead Ryan


Simple logic, Ahmed. Simple logic. You might want to try using it sometime!


@40. Red Dead Ryan

I’m sure it is the same “simple logic” that convinced Fox to bring back Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier even thought his character died eight years ago in the last original X-Men movie!

Red Dead Ryan


Captain Picard doesn’t belong in the nuTrek movies. End of story.


@ 43. Red Dead Ryan – January 26, 2015

“Captain Picard doesn’t belong in the nuTrek movies. End of story.”

Section 31 was never part of TOS, yet they are in NuTrek!

Case Closed :)

Red Dead Ryan


Captain Picard is from the twenty-fourth century. The nuTrek movies take place in the mid twenty-third.


# 43. Red Dead Ryan – January 26, 2015

” Captain Picard doesn’t belong in the nuTrek movies. End of story.” — Red Dead Ryan

By this “logic” neither do Nero, his crew, Ambassador Spock and their ships and yet there they were, and the Ambassador continues to be.

“Captain Picard is from the twenty-fourth century. The nuTrek movies take place in the mid twenty-third.” — Red Dead Ryan

See my above re: the Ambassador from the twenty-fourth century.

@40 – Yes ,”Visit to a Strange Planet,” “VTASP Revisited,” and “VTASP Revisited Revisited.” All are cute in their own way. The first one has the characters on the TOS sets on Earth; the second one has the actors onboard the Enterprise; and the third is a TNG version.


@45. Red Dead Ryan,


Daoud, The Sinfonian

Khan v. Predator on Ceti Alpha could be very interesting if set early after the settlement. Especially if after being defeated by Khan, on their way off-world the Preds blow up the neighboring planet, as a ‘gift’.
Am I noticing ORCI isn’t listed on the comics cover of the ongoing now? Interesting. That was quick.
How about a crossover of TOS and Here Come the Brides?
(Kidding, but there was the TOS novel _Ishamel_ that did this.)
So, how about a crossover of TOS and the NFL? Tom Brady defeats the Romulan warship by deflating it….

Khan 2.0

KvP TPB back cover synopsis:

Six months after being marooned by James T Kirk, Khan Noonien Singh and his followers come under attack from a superior life form that hunts its prey in the lush jungles of Ceti Alpha V, leading to a battle between titans that will devastate an entire world..