This morning IDW via The Hollywood Reporter announced a new Original Series focused comic book series starting in April. This is the first comic series to focus on TOS since the Year Four series in 2008.
As implied by the title, this series will tell the fifth year of Kirk’s 5-year mission.
As Starfleet’s flagship returns home, the series will investigate how each member of the iconic crew feels about the uncertain future that awaits them as they reach Earth.
The series has a planned “beginning, a game-changing middle, and a definite end,” and will be written by a rotating group of comic book writers including Brandon Easton, Jody Houser, Jim McCann and the team of Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing. Kelly and Lanzing are writing the opening arc of the series, which will be illustrated by Stephen Thompson.
Lanzing is quoted as saying the series will take:
“a vital, hard-hitting, character-focused look at Captain Kirk on his last year in command. [Kirk’s actions in the series] will have huge ripple effects, from the outbreak of war in the Alpha Quadrant to an unprecedented strain of trust with Spock. We’ll turn a mirror on modern society, just as [the original television series] did in the 1960s, and go boldly towards meaningful, heartfelt stories.”
THR notes that while fans generally assume The Animated Series is set during those last years of the 5-year mission, Year Five will be the first stories explicitly set during the that time.
The first artwork IDW shared with the public is from legendary fantasy and sci-fi illustrator Greg Hildebrandt, this is his first Trek related art.
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