STLV18: IDW Announces Return Of ‘Star Trek: Waypoint,’ Including Story From Spot’s POV

IDW Publishing was represented at a number of panels during Star Trek Las Vegas. One focused on prolific writer  Mike Johnson, another highlighted the talents of artist JK Woodward, plus there was a main IDW Star Trek comics panel. Much of the discussion was about work from the last year, but there was some news shed on upcoming Star Trek comics as well.

IDW editor Denton Tipton, artist JK Woodward, writer Mike Johnson, editor Chase Marotz

Waypoint is coming back

At the main IDW panel, new group editor Denton Tipton (no relation to Scott and David Tipton) announced the return of a recent popular series. Following a successful 5-issue run of Star Trek: Waypoint, IDW revealed it’s coming back with an extra-length one-shot issue in November. Waypoint, the brainchild of former IDW Star Trek editor Sarah Gaydos, is described as a way to feature new voices and artists and to tell offbeat stories all across the Trek universe.

This new one-off issue of Waypoint  coming in November will not only feature short stories from the breadth of Trek history, but will also include a special story done from Spot’s perspective. Yes, that Spot, Data’s cat from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

They also revealed a new gorgeous cover by Josh Hood and colors by David Garcia Cruz, which IDW has also provided us. The cover also features Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Ezri Dax, and Kirk and Spock from the original Star Trek.

Cover for Star Trek: Waypoint special issue coming in November

Going Back to Picard’s Roots – Literally

Obviously, the huge news coming out of Star Trek Las Vegas 2018 was the return of Jean-Luc Picard in a new TV series on CBS All Access. But flying under the radar was IDW’s announcement that we may be seeing another Picard-centric series – this time in the pages of its comics. However, instead of a post-Nemesis story, IDW is going back to Picard’s roots – literally – with a story that took place when he had hair.

Tipton told the crowd:

“We may be doing something in the near future that’s set in the past of the future…so we may be getting Picard with some hair.”

Slide shown at STLV teasing early Picard comic

L’Rell The Riveter

There were no other new titles announced or teased like Waypoint and the Picard series, but both Mike Johnson and JK Woodward lamented how they have yet to work together as Woodward has primarily been partnering with the Tipton brothers while Johnson has been paired with Tony Shasteen (among others). But a pairing of the two might not be far off, possibly for a future Star Trek: Discovery title.

Woodward already has a head start with two original prints he showed off featuring L’Rell as Rosie the Riveter and Captain Killy. Johnson also indicated that there will likely be another Star Trek: Discovery annual issue next year, which would, like the one with Stamets this year, look at another character’s backstory.

Below you can see artist JK Woodward sharing some of the Discovery art he has done on his own, showing he is ready to jump into that series.

More STLV 2018

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On the Waypoint cover (unless part of the story), Prime Kirk is using the wrong phaser aka one from the Kelvin timeline.

You had one job Josh Hood, one job.

Yes, you are quite right…

I blame the editor, whose actual job it is to catch mistakes like that

I missed the phaser, but was wondering whose (red) blood was on Spock’s neck.

Really liked Waypoint especially the stories drawn by Josh Hood and Gordon Purcell! Hope they’ll do some more DS9 and Enterprise tales!

I hope the story from Spot’s perspective is when the Enterprise D is crashing into the planet in Generations and everyone is desperately trying to evacuate the stardrive section and spot just casually strolls around aware as parts of the ship explode.

Maybe it’ll be the time he was turned into a lizard.



Spot uses they/them pronouns. Maybe by the 24th century there will actually be widespread use of gender neutral English pronouns

Spot is hands down the greatest character in Trek history followed by Lt. Leslie

That story from Spot’s perspective should be especially thrilling.

“I ate. I slept. I washed….and I slept some more.”

L’Rell the Riveter – YES, PLEASE! Loving it. It’s a fun image but it points to fertile ground for Disco to explore, that is, the evolution of Klingon feminism. L’Rell’s seizure of power, even if it was via DOOMSDAY BUTTON, indicates Klingon women are well past the status of American women in 1840 circa the watershed Seneca Falls Convention. I sincerely hope they won’t develop L’Rell into a namby-pamby, terranphile peacenik. Rather, L’Rell should be one of the KLINGON FEMINIST PIONEERS who teaches the empire how to carry out a proper cold war – with ballsy (or should I say ovaristic) brinkmanship, and dope-ass strategery, outmaneuvering terran dogs willy-nilly with mad-turnt proxy wars.

Ugh, are you done projecting?

Why would Klingon society evolve in ANY WAY the same as humans?

Want to know why TOS could be so groundbreaking at times? It showed a Klingon female first officer and a Romulan female captain (yes, called Commander, but in effect, Romulan COs are captains) and didn’t break its arm trying to pat itself on the back, a trend later shows continued, until Discovery came along.

A “KLINGON FEMINIST PIONEER” would be Lady Lukara, Kahless’ mate, who fought side by side with him. Or Azetbur, Gorkon’s daughter, Chancellor of the High Command. Or Ladies Grilka and Sirella, who were heads of and completely ran their Great Houses.

Of course, admitting this is already in Trek lore doesn’t allow you to pontificate from your trendy, bandwagoney, hashtaggey SJW high horse, but exist it already does.