IDW continues to expand their universe of Star Trek comics with the announcement of a new ongoing series titled Star Trek: Defiant, a spinoff of the upcoming ongoing Star Trek series launching later this month. Set to debut in March 2023, the new Defiant series will see Worf put together a unique crew for a series described as “The Dirty Dozen meets Star Trek.”
Worf assembles his crew
The simply-titled Star Trek that kicks off later this month will feature a post-Nemesis story with Benjamin Sisko returning from the Bajoran wormhole on a mission to save the gods. And this new Defiant comic will be part of that same continuity. Here is the official synopsis:
In Defiant, someone is killing the gods…but while Benjamin Sisko and the U.S.S. Theseus have been facing the threats in the higher cosmos, very real casualties are growing on lower ground. The true enemy is a man, not a god, and Worf of House Martok has put together his own crew aboard the U.S.S. Defiant in the hopes of defeating the dangerous messiah behind a genocidal cult.
IDW is describing the series as “dark” and “edgy,” and it will be pulling from “all eras of Star Trek canon.” This is evidenced by Worf’s crew which includes Spock, B’Elanna Torres, Lore, and more as they set off on “a mission with very little guarantee of success!” Ro Laren can also be seen on the cover of issue one.
Defiant is helmed by two well-known comic veterans. It is being written by Chris Cantwell (Iron Man, Star Wars: Obi-Wan) with art by Ángel Unzueta (Star Wars: Poe Dameron, The Flash).
“Ever since I made my dad take me to my first Star Trek convention when I was ten, I have been waiting for this moment,” says Cantwell in a statement. “When Heather Antos, Jackson Lanzing, and Collin Kelly reached out to me about writing the first book to spin out of their flagship Star Trek title, I wanted the quality to match my massive wells of enthusiasm; I knew this book needed to be undeniably Star Trek first and foremost, but also something new and complex that would have readers leaning forward as they engaged with a more unexpected journey to the stars. Whereas the new Star Trek book carries forward the grand tradition of Starfleet’s saga of discovery and exploration, Defiant immediately sets out to break the rules of the Federation and go on a fugitive run from Starfleet with a cast of Trek’s best iconoclastic heroes and ne’er-do-wells, each of them straddling worlds in their identities and calibrations in their moral compasses as they embark on a high-stakes galactic manhunt…the Prime Directive be damned.”
“To be part of this amazing new Star Trek universe is a big challenge, and I love big challenges,” says Unzueta. “It will be very exciting to show how far our crew can go to save the universe, how many rules they can break just to make things right, how ‘badass’ these guys can be when compared to the more clean-cut crew of the Theseus from the ongoing series. Also, I’m working with a great writer, friend, and partner from our Iron Man days, and with my favorite editor, who is pushing me to the stars once again. I am so excited and ready to make this book a new experience for the Trek audience!”
IDW’s growing Star Trek line up
With the announcement of this title, by early 2023 IDW will have two concurrent ongoing Star Trek comic series, which will be a first for the publisher since taking on the franchise over a decade ago.
“Just when you thought Star Trek comics couldn’t get any bigger, we’re continuing to boldly explore new frontiers,” says Senior Editor Heather Antos in a statement. “Between the flagship title and Defiant, it’s safe to say that we have comics’ biggest Trek fans—Lanzing, Kelly, Cantwell, Rosanas, and Unzueta themselves—crafting what is going to be Star Trek’s biggest and boldest interconnected comics story ever. And this is only just the beginning!”
In addition to Star Trek and Defiant, IDW recently launched two new Star Trek Universe tie-in mini-series: Star Trek: Picard – Stargazer and Star Trek: Lower Decks. They also recently announced Star Trek: Strange New Worlds – The Illyrian Enigma. And they are set to release a prequel mini-series tied to the upcoming game Star Trek: Resurgence.
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