This October, IDW will introduce us to “the Pirate Queen of the Delta Quadrant,” bringing us back to the Mirror Universe, this time set 70,000 light-years away from Earth with the single-issue Star Trek: Voyager Mirrors and Smoke. Details were revealed Thursday during the “Inside the Writers’ Room” panel for the Star Trek: Year Five series at San Diego Comic-Con.
Edited by Anni Perheentupa, Mirrors and Smoke will be written by Paul Allor (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I.Joe) with art by JK Woodward, who designed the look of the TNG Mirror Universe in previous comics. The tight-lipped plot involves Captain Janeway who has anointed herself “Pirate Queen of the Delta Quadrant” and the locals, including mirror versions of Neelix and Kes aren’t too happy about it. Not only that, but a pestering Terran named Annika Hansen is snooping around, too.
Originally conceived as a Halloween special, Mirrors and Smoke features the first-ever comics appearance of the Mirror Universe Voyager crew. But the fun doesn’t just stop after one issue as IDW has long-term plans for the Mirror Universe following the success of three Mirror series tied to Star Trek: The Next Generation. The Mirrors and Smoke one-shot will kick off a monthly “Mirror Universe Event” which will also include one-shot comics tied to Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
The first artwork IDW shared with the public for Mirrors and Smoke is from legendary Trek illustrator, JK Woodward. Another Trek veteran, George Caltsoudas is drawing a special retail incentive variant cover.
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Interesting. The Star Trek: Timelines game adapted several of the TNG Mirror characters from IDW, but if this picture is any indication it would appear it’s a one-way relationship, since the Mirror Janeway pictured above doesn’t really resemble the Timelines variant. (Though it would seem both are pirates.)
I haven’t followed any of the comics, but i’m curious– how do they square up with the mirror universe from DS9? We saw Tuvok in that as a rebel fighting alongside Terrans, with the Klingon/Cardassian/Bajoran alliance pretty much ruling the quadrant. How does the Federation, and ships like the Enterprise and Voyager fit into all that?
If Tuvok is on Voyager, lost in the Delta Quadrant, it must have launched well after it’s Prime counterpart, unless it’s still in the Alpha Quadrant. But if it’s still in the AQ, why is a Klingon and (presumavly) a ‘recovered’ Borg drone serving aboard the ship?
In the case of Seven of Nine, at least, the article mentions the human “Annika Hansen snooping around”. Annika Hansen was Seven of Nine’s name before she was assimilated, so we can infer that in the mirror universe her family never ended up running afoul of the Borg.
As for the Klingon, it’s a pirate ship, not a Terran ship, so the crew can be expected to be a bit more motley.
I really liked the Mirror Universe set up in DS9, maybe we can get a follow up on what’s happening 1000 years in the future on DSC!
IIRC they portray the Terran Empire as severely beaten down (basically just back to Earth?), but not *completely* destroyed.
Probably in the minority here, but I’m growing weary of all this “mirror universe” storytelling. the original was a nice morality play, but everything since has been “let’s see the bad side of .
Again, fully willing to admit to probably being in the minority, but had to voice my opinion.
You’re not alone. I just move on when I see “Mirror Universe” now.
Yeah, not in the Mirror Universe stuff. It’s overstayed its welcome. We got to see Uhura’s abs and Garak in a collar, but I was never into the Mirror Universe comics or books.
It really does seem like they’re out of ideas. Like, I can see the pitch meeting for this issue going like this: “Well, the TNG Mirror series was a success! What’s next? Any ideas?” “Uh… I’ve got an idea! How about we go into the Mirror Universe and see what the Voyager crew is like in that universe?” “Genius! What an original idea! Somebody get started on the character designs and for the love of god, give this man a RAISE!”
Well to be fair, that’s how these things generally work: ir something is a big success, they do more of it. Can you blame them?
Very reminiscent of JK Woodward’s motley alt-universe Enterprise crew in IDW’s adaptation of Harlan Ellison’s original script for “The City on the Edge of Forever.”
(Mr. Woodward, if you’re reading this I still have your artwork depicting Kirk and Spock debating Edith Keeler’s fate hanging in my home. It’s hands-down one of the coolest things I own.)
Will Woodward be drawing all of these Mirror U stories?
The only “mirror” version of Voyager that should have been canon was “featured” in the VOY episode “Living Witness”. The pirate thing? Ehhhh…
Also, if this outing is canon, there is no way the USS Voyager would be used. A Cardassian or Klingon ship, possibly a Bird-of-Prey, would be most fitting as a “pirate ship”.
Should have went with her real and original title: “Warlord Janeway” her mission to enslave the Delta Quadrant and rebuild the Terran Empire while drinking black coffee.