The first news out of San Diego Comic-Con comes from IDW Publishing with the announcement of an exciting new ongoing Star Trek comic book series which will feature the return of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Benjamin Sisko.
The Star Trek Multiverse is happening
During IDW’s Thursday morning SDCC panel today they announced what they describe as “a bold new direction in Star Trek comics,” starting with a “brand-new flagship ongoing series that goes where no one has gone before.” Launching with Star Trek #1 in October 2022, the new series brings back the all-star crew behind IDW’s Star Trek – Year Five, for a series starring Benjamin Sisko and taking place three years after the events of DS9’s “What You Leave Behind,” and one year before Star Trek Nemesis.
Scripted by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, with art by Ramon Rosanas (Marvel’s Star Wars, Ant-Man), Star Trek #1 will hit comic book stands in October.
Here is the official synopsis:
Star Trek #1 weaves an epic and unprecedented adventure story that spans the far reaches of the Star Trek multiverse, bringing together characters from across the galaxy—and all eras and variations of the beloved franchise—who must band together to prevent the mysterious murder of the gods.
It’s stardate 2378, and Benjamin Sisko has finally returned from the Bajoran Wormhole omnipotent. But his godhood is failing with every minute. Sent by the Prophets on a mission to the deepest parts of space aboard the U.S.S. Theseus, he witnesses the unthinkable: Someone is killing the gods. And only Sisko and his motley crew of Starfleet members from every era of Trek can stop them.
A mix of old and new characters… and a new ship
Sisko will enlist a team of “Starfleet members from every era of Trek,” in what promises to “treat Gene Roddenberry’s creation as a living universe,” according to Lansing. This means presumably any Trek character from any timeline could show up to help (or antagonize) Sisko. So let the speculation begin.
In the initial (not final) artwork provided, Sisko’s team includes Dr. Crusher, a pre-Nemesis Data, and two new characters: a Vulcan named T’Lir and an Andorian child named Sato. The ship is the U.S.S. Theseus, but there are no images of it yet or details on what class it is.
Kelly says that they hope to not only “continue the stories that have meant so much to us in the past and to welcome new readers to Starfleet. This is a grand adventure, one that weaves together elements from every Star Trek series to tell a new, vital, and forward-thinking sci-fi saga.”
IDW senior editor Heather Antos: “Star Trek has always been about telling stories of a better future of hope for humanity. Something this world needs now more than ever before. And what Jackson, Collin, and Ramon are doing with this series is bigger. Bigger and bolder than any Star Trek series has gone before.”
Prelude in Star Trek #400
It was previously reported that in September IDW will publish a special one-shot comic book celebrating their 400th issue of Star Trek. This comic will feature a number of short stories including a prelude story that leads into Star Trek #1, and it comes from the same creative team. IDW has provided us with two color interior pages of this prelude, showing how it spans Star Trek eras.
More to come from SDCC 2022
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