New York Comic Con kicked off today, and IDW Publishing made some news by announcing a series of one-shot issues celebrating their 20th anniversary, including a special Star Trek comic featuring Jean-Luc Picard, decades before his time on the USS Enterprise.
Star Trek: IDW 20/20
In January 2019, IDW will celebrate 20 years of publishing comic books with a weekly series of five “20/20” one-shot comics from some of their key franchises, including Star Trek. Each 20/20 title will tell a story set 20 years in the past or 20 years in the future. The Star Trek: IDW 20/20 dips into the time before Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Here is the official synopsis of Star Trek: IDW 20/20
“Twenty years before he took command of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, Jean-Luc Picard sat in the captain’s chair of the U.S.S. Stargazer. Picard served with distinction aboard the Stargazer for many years on his way to becoming the most respected captain in Starfleet. But in this early mission, Picard shows us a vulnerable side as well as glimpses of the brilliant tactician he would become.”
The cover for Star Trek: IDW 20/20 features a younger Jean-Luc Picard (with hair) in command of the USS Stargazer, flanked by Jack Crusher and Beverly Crusher, née Beverly Howard.
The special issue is being penned by author Peter David, known for writing over two dozen Star Trek novels and novellas, including his own New Frontiers series and the best-selling Imzadi. David has also written a number of Trek comic books over the decades, but this is his first collaboration with IDW since the Star Trek: New Frontier: Turnaround series in 2008. Art for Star Trek: IDW 20/20 is being done by fan-favorite J.K. Woodward, who worked with David on the Turnaround series as well as IDW’s recent Star Trek: The Next Generation Mirror Universe comics.
One nice detail on the cover of Star Trek: IDW 20/20 is the use of the uniform from Cadet Beverly Howard Crusher action figure from Playmates in the 90s.
Comic goes 20 years into Picard’s past as new show is set to go 20 years into his future
This new series was actually first teased two months ago at the IDW panel at Star Trek Las Vegas. At the panel, IDW’s new group editor Denton Tipton told the Vegas 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.” He also showed an image of Patrick Stewart’s screen test with a wig to tease this more coiffed Picard.
The Star Trek: IDW 20/20 one-shot may not be official canon, but could be seen as a bookend for the upcoming CBS All Access series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart returning to the role of Jean Luc-Picard. The unnamed Picard series is set 20 years after Star Trek: Nemesis, and is in development now, with a writers room currently at work.
One of the members of the Picard show writers’ room is Kirsten Beyer, who is also a Star Trek author and works closely with IDW on their Star Trek: Discovery tie-ins, so it is not impossible to imagine there could be some synergy between this comic and the new Picard series. And if the new Picard series ever needs someone to play young Picard, actor James McAvoy has already put his name forward.
More from NYCC and IDW to come
New York Comic Con has just kicked off. TrekMovie is there, and we will be bringing you more news on everything related to Star Trek, including anything else IDW has up their sleeve, and of course the big Star Trek: Discovery panel on Saturday.