Star Trek: The Animated Series Is Crossing Over With Transformers In New IDW Comic

IDW has released their September 2018 solicitations with synopses and covers for all their titles, which includes  the launch of a new crossover series, with Star Trek vs. Transformers. September will also see the third issue of the The Next Generation: Terra Incognita mini-series which launches in July.

Star Trek vs. Transformers coming in September

IDW’s latest mashup has The Transformers ‘80s cartoon series meeting up with Star Trek: The Animated Series from the 70s, in what they are describing as “no-holds-barred Saturday Morning mash-up for the ages!”

The new series is being co-written by veteran Star Trek comics writer Mike Johnson and veteran Transformers comics writer John Barber (Optimus Prime, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Transformers: Bumblebee Movie Prequel). Art for the four-issue series is being done by Philip Murphy, including A & B covers, which connect to form “an amazing heroes and villains image.” Issue #1 (32 pages long and priced at $3.99)  will also feature variant covers from  Paulina Ganucheau (Zodiac Starforce, Shade the Changing Girl) and Eisner Award-winning artist Derek Charm.

Here is the synopsis and available covers for issue #1

At the edge of Klingon space, the Starship Enterprise finds there’s more to the final frontier than meets the eye, when Kirk and his crew come face to face with the strangest life forms of all: Cybertronians! This unprecedented crossover brings together two of the greatest science fiction universes of all time—in the style of their classic animated series! A five-year mission meets a four-million-year war!

A cover by Philip Murphy

B cover by Philip Murphy

Retail incentive cover A by Paulina Ganucheau

Retail incentive cover A by Derek Charm

Also for September:  Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #3 (32 pages • $3.99)

The unexpected twist ending of Through the Mirror continues, with the same creative team continuing the story in the Terra Incognita series, set during Star Trek: The Next Generation’s critically acclaimed fourth season.

Written by Scott Tipton & David Tipton, art by Angel Hernandez

On the heels of the blockbuster THROUGH THE MIRROR miniseries comes a brand-new NEXT GENERATION series, featuring untold tales of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D! With a high-ranking Federation official’s life hanging in the balance, Doctor Selar faces a difficult decision when she must choose between her responsibility as a physician and her adherence to Vulcan philosophy.

Cover A by Tony Shasteen

Retail incentive A cover by Elizabeth Beals

Retail incentive B cover by J.K. Woodward

Previews of other upcoming titles:

June Star Trek Comics

July Star Trek Comics

August Star Trek Comics

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Trek animated paired with Transformers, really? I’m sorry, but this seems quite the comedown for IDW after their marvelous adaptation of Harlan Ellison’s original script for “The City on the Edge of Forever.” I supposed there’ll be a market for it, though. For those who are interested in such things, enjoy!

With a format like a Star Trek’s there’s plenty of room for both. This is Filmation TAS meeting Marvel/Sunbow Transformers, not TOS meeting ‘Bayformers.’

SMH… but Hey! A real Enterprise and D-7!

I prefer a real ship like the Discovery.

Yes. The spaceship with chopsticks glued to the back.

Looks more realistic than a 50’s flying saucer with some tubes stuck on the back.

The discovery is a about realistic as the orcs in the show.

On a Trek site, making fun of the Enterprise. Wow. A Negativity orgasm. A new low.

It’s a make believe ship.
And I can’t understand why the producers of Discovery are us to believe this is a real ship instead of a horizontal ferris wheel of ugliness that it is.
The JJprise looks better then Discovery.

That’s the laziest attempt at trolling I’ve seen for a while.

Yes, Roger. Credit given for using a classic design, at least.

USS Pizza Cutter

Windblade shouldn’t be there, she wasn’t in the original show

This would do well in China. The Chinese love Transformers.

I think the Japanese love them even more,lol!

Can’t be any weirder than the Star Trek/X-Men crossovers from back in ’96 ;)

LOL I was coming to say the same thing. And that’s why comics are fun, they can experiment in ways live action shows and films can’t.

Tiger2, Bingo!

Looking forward to seeing M’Ress!

More Suzie Plakson!

Kurtzman really dropped the ball on these comics. And these commics are only servicing diversity, not Star Trek stories. And way too dark with the transformers stuff.


I thought it was a new low when they did the Planet of the Apes crossover. This one is almost as bad.

I suppose there must be a market for it??

Oh the horror people like fun stuff rather than suffering and misery.

Spock has boobs in the first cover.

He wanted to be more like his big sister Michael.

I don’t care what any of you say – I WANT THIS Star Trek/Transformers crossover. I want this with all the wanting in my wanter. When I was a kid, I used to draw stories about EVERY franchise I liked crossing over with Star Trek. What would it be like if Superman met the Enterprise? What would it be like if Buck Rogers and his Starfighter landed in the Enterprise hangar bay? And on and on it went.

I’m not a kid anymore, I know that. And so many of these crossovers have been dark, depressing pits of despair. But this one will not be. This one is embracing the aesthetic of my childhood dreams. Nostalgia? Sure. But I am ready to like it.

Not my cup of chai—I’ve always equally detested mashups like “The Enterprise-D Vs. a Star Destroyer”—but if this be your thing, enjoy it, and with no apologies. IDIC!

Agreed. This is awesome. Everyone so depressing around here. It is not a movie it is a comic you can do anything that’s the fun part. People here do know what fun is yes? Guess what my two favourite things were when I was a kid…Star Trek and Transformers and I bet there are lots of us, or fans of one who will be introduced to the other.

On a side note based on the comments above Discovery is a good looking ship and so is every Enterprise in their own way. Get some style gheez.

Yeah, it’s a bit of fun and is the whole point of comic book spinoffs: that you can experiment wildly without doing any harm.

Too many people who like Star Trek treat it like a religious text, rather than face the fact that it was an entertainment show made by a hungry producer who wanted to put food on his family’s table.

“Decepticons? Quite frankly, Mr. President, we’d clean their chronometers.”

Hmmm. I guess then I’ll still hold out hope for STAR TREK vs THE BLOB? :-)

What fool allowed this absolute nonsense?

But is it Optimus Prime or Optimus kelvin ?

Hah! Brilliant!

Thank you. xx

always wondered why a ‘trek’ animated series has been not been done until now.
the 70s series was highly regarded and every other franchise like SW and marvel/dc has a cartoon series or two running.

I was hoping for the Enterprise crew to meet with the Go-Bots instead..:(


Go-Bots Rock! Cy-Kill as a name for a kid’s toy!? Hard core!

I’d rather see this in animation then a comic book, but I guess it’s the next best thing.

If it were animated I’d expect both William Shatner as Kirk and Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime or nobody at all.

I think this is a great idea. Especially if they are using the original animated universe of the Generation One Transformers.

Oh and do people have to knock Discovery in every freakin’ article. And then people make fun of the Enterprise too? What’s going on here, are these Star Wars fans??

In my mind, some franchises just don’t fit with each other if you try do to a crossover with them…
But I can’t quite put my finger on why…
My first instinct would be to say that Transformers is too “silly” for Star Trek – but on the other hand, there is also much suspension of disbelieve to be done for accepting the premise of Star Trek. Perhaps it’s more about the degree of suspension of disbelieve, or even just that it affects different aspects…

I’m totally in on this surprisingly. Love TOS. And my kids recently watched Transformers Prime on Netflix and I must say the quality is excellent. That is how to do a serial show and respect source material while offering something new. A proper reboot.

This looks like great fun but wouldn’t the Star Trek characters know about Transformers from all the havoc they caused on Earth in the 1980’s? what did they do for 200+ years

What’s next?

The Enterprise is caught in a… SHARKNADO!

This is hilarious. When I was a kid, I use to do my own version of a crossover between transformers and star trek, two of my favorite things back then. Eh…I don’t know how much I would be into nowadays, though. I was a kid a back then, I just do see how it fits.

Oh boy. What’s next? Star Trek meets the Archies? How about Star Trek meets Happy Days while we’re at it?! How about doing some serious science fiction instead? Hey IDW – perhaps you could do some of the other “lost” stories of Star Trek, such as “The Protracted Man” or “Bandi” by David Gerrold…now that would be far more interesting!

TAS meets Transformers. Sounds like a lot of fun. This is pure nostalgia catnip for me, as I’ve been rewatching G1 Transformers on DVD lately, for the first time in about 30 years.

Hear’s an idea for a new crossover series “STAR TREK Had Talent.”

Maybe Vejur ran across the planet Cybertron…

We all seem to be in one big fictional crossover multi-verse, where every timeline intercepts each other creating endless possible stories.

Interesting. Given that Transformers takes place in the 1980s, and the Rodimus era takes place around 2006, I wonder how they pull this off without establishing firmly that they are different universes. There’s a continuity issue with the Transformers even if they are long lived.

The crossover with Transformers seems stupid, but at least the Klingons are acceptable.