First Look At December Star Trek Comics, Plus A Hint Of Something “Huge” Coming From IDW In 2019

IDW has just released their December solicitations with synopses and covers for all their titles. We have covers and synopses for both of the currently running Trek mini-series, which both wrap up their runs as 2018 comes to a close. We also now have a hint of something coming in 2019.

December 2018 Star Trek comics

Star Trek vs. Transformers #4  (32 pages • $3.99)

Written by John Barber and Mike Johnson, art by Philip Murphy

With the Enterprise disabled by the Klingon-Decepticon alliance, things look dire for Spock, Optimus Prime, and the landing team. But with the Autobots’ help, can Captain Kirk come up with a solution to save the day from a massive Cybertronian threat?

Cover B by Priscilla Tramontano

Variant cover by George Caltsoudas

NOTE: Cover A by Philip Murphy is not available at this time

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #5 (32 pages • $3.99)

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

The latest installment of THE NEXT GENERATION Mirror Universe saga comes to a twisted conclusion as Mirror Barclay unleashes his fiendish plan on Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D!

Cover A by Tony Shasteen

Variant cover by J.K. Woodward

NOTE: There will also be a photo cover and a variant cover by Elizabeth Beals.

 Woodward hints at “huge” Trek comic series

December brings both the Terra Incognita and the Transformers mini-series to an end. This year we have also seen the Kelvin-verse series Boldly Go and John Byrne’s Star Trek: New Visions series wrap up their runs. Succession, the second Star Trek: Discovery tie-in mini-series finished last month. So, as of now, there are no officially announced Star Trek comics set for 2019.

IDW has said previously said that for Star Trek: Discovery they plan to do a series of mini-series, so we can expect something new for Discovery, including another annual, like the Stamets-focused annual released in April. And now thanks to artist J.K. Woodward, we know something else tied to TNG-era Trek is coming as well.

Over the weekend Woodward posted some work in progress on what he described as a “colossal double cover for a huge new project that’s going to give you a whopper of a Trek-gasm when @idwpublishing announces it!!!” The cover features Riker in the Starfleet uniform worn in the Star Trek: The Next Generation era films. You can also see a glimpse of what may be Beverly Crusher.

It isn’t clear when exactly this is set and without the rank, pips showing if Riker is a commander or captain, we don’t know if this is set before or after Star Trek: Nemesis. At the end of that final TNG film, Riker was promoted to captain and he took command of the USS Titan, joined by his wife Deanna. The adventures of the Rikers on the Titan have been featured in a number of Star Trek novels including a series of Titan books. Riker on the Titan was also featured in IDW’s 2012 mini-series Star Trek: Hive, written by Brannon Braga.

Woodward did share another work in progress image over the weekend with Quark from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which hints that this new series may cover more than Star Trek: The Next Generation and possibly involve characters from Deep Space Nine and Voyager, making it a full-on 24th century Trek crossover, and certainly worthy of what Woodward calls a “Trek-gasm.”  

Previews of other upcoming IDW Star Trek titles:

September Star Trek Comics

October Star Trek Comics

November Star Trek Comics

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Maybe this will be something to bridge the gap, so to speak, between the end of Nemesis and the new Picard series . . . Would be a nice way to bring fans up to date on what’s going on in the Star Trek universe during that 20-year span.

Oh that would be great! Kind of like what the Star Wars novels did when TFA came out and sort of bridged the gap between ROTJ and the ST.

That would be an amazing idea and to catch up on the post-Nem universe but this time directly tied to the new show.

ST? Could you clarify what the ST is in this instance please.

Sequel Trilogy? Just guessing…

Yeah sorry, ST= Sequel Trilogy. Sometimes I forget not all my nerd hobby abbreviations can be translated in every fandom.

Oh of course! It is only logical,lol! Every time I see ST though,my first thought is Star Trek,lol! Thanks for the clarification.

Quark. Or Nog? Is that a Starfeet uniform he’s wearing?

Quark. Woodward specifically said that’s who he was painting in the post.

I hope the Picard Series will be more Action Oriented Dark and gritty then DS9.

Action based TNG is done. 7 seasons and 4 movies. Picard will be a philosopher, archeologist or an ambassador, just a guess. He will most likely not be picking up a phaser or flying a starship.

TNG was action based?! Hmmm,guessed I missed those episodes,lol!

There were some but probably less of a level compared to the other shows. I imagine there will be some of that in the new show. People have to remember Picard won’t be the ONLY character on the show. It will probably have quite a bit of action in it with other characters doing the dirty work even if Picard himself doesn’t do a lot of it. But it still has to grab a modern audience today who expects plenty of action and fighting in their sci fi. You’re going to bore people if it’s just Picard talking in rooms every episode.

There will still probably be a lot of phaser fights and starship battles to keep people tuned in. But I don’t think it’s going to be DS9 or DIS level of grit either.

Starship Mine was one of the most action packed episodes of TNG. It was the one were Tim Russ guess starred as a hijacker of the Enterprise and met a quite grisly end. It was the closest TNG got to Die Hard in space.

Solid episode.