2023 will mark the thirtieth anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and IDW Publishing is going to be celebrating with a brand new comic mini-series, telling a “lost episode” of DS9.
The Dog of War
IDW’s new five-issue DS9 comic mini-series titled Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—The Dog of War will kick off in April 2023. It marks the comic book debut of novelist Mike Chen (Star Wars: Brotherhood, Here and Now and Then), who is being partnered with veteran Star Trek comics artist Angel Hernandez (Star Trek: Picard—Stargazer, Star Trek: Discovery—Adventures in the 32nd Century). Together they are creating a “lost episode” set within the timeline of the original Deep Space Nine series.
Here is the official synopsis:
In the new miniseries, an extremely rare purebred corgi from Earth makes its way aboard Deep Space 9 when Quark cuts a deal to procure it for a potential buyer. After all, a Ferengi without profit is no Ferengi at all! But the corgi named Latinum comes with unexpected cargo that shakes Captain Benjamin Sisko to the core: a Borg component discovered by a crew sent to uncover Cardassian technology after the station’s reoccupation.
“When editor Heather Antos asked if I liked DS9, my reply was, ‘You mean the greatest TV show ever made?’” says Chen in a statement. “I’m absolutely ecstatic to hang out with DS9’s crew, and I hope that this story touches on all of the characters and intensity that made the show so powerful and great: Sisko’s history with the Borg, the Dominion War, Garak’s great outfits, Jadzia being Jadzia, Miles and Julian’s holosuite adventures, and so much more. Also, Quark gets a dog. If that doesn’t earn your latinum, I don’t know what will!”
“Entering the world of Deep Space Nine means discovering new nuances, new creatures, and new situations that are a wonderful visual and artistic challenge,” says Hernandez. “I sincerely hope the fans get swept up in this Trek project, one overflowing with incredible ideas and very much keeping in the spirit of the TV show.”
“Deep Space Nine is the defining Star Trek show for an entire generation of fans, so to be able to tell an additional ‘episode’ in comic form for the series’ 30th anniversary is extra special,” says Star Trek senior editor Heather Antos in the announcement statement. “Mike Chen’s passion for the crew of this celebrated space station is unprecedented, and no one knows the visual world of Star Trek quite like Angel Hernandez. Plus…who wouldn’t want dogs in Star Trek?”
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—The Dog of War #1 will be available in April with several variant covers, including Cover A by series artist Angel Hernandez; a wraparound Cover B by Chris Fenogolio, featuring the cast of Star Trek: Lower Decks; and Cover C by longtime My Little Pony artist Andy Price (connecting with covers across all five issues to create “an amazing diorama of DS9 characters with lookalike canine companions”). The series will also include special retailer incentive covers including a black-and-white variant of Hernandez’ cover and two Deep Space 9 schematics variants with and without trade dress.
In October IDW launched a new ongoing series simply titled Star Trek which features Benjamin Sisko after his return from the Bajoran Wormhole (see TrekMovie review of issue 1). The second issue came out two weeks ago with new issues planned monthly.
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It’s odd that, despite having its own proper logo and being set during the timeline of the series, they tacked on the TOS-style title logo treatment. It seems like a corporate synergy/licensing mandate.
OMG, I didn’t realize DS9 will be 30 years old next month. Man I feel so old lol. It’s just great to see the show is still as popular as ever and we are getting more stories about it all this time later like this comic series and it’s first reappearance in canon on Lower Decks. Hopefully there will be plenty more in the future as I’m sure there will be.