‘Star Trek: Day Of Blood’ Comic Crossover Will Explore Dominion War Fallout And Sisko’s Past

This summer IDW will launch a Star Trek comics crossover event that will bring together the new ongoing flagship Star Trek series launched in 2022 and the upcoming Star Trek: Defiant series, which kicks off in March. The “Day of Blood” crossover arc will begin with a special prelude issue released on Free Comic Book Day.

Day of Blood crossover kicks off on Free Comic Book Day

Prelude to Day of Blood will be released on Free Comic Book Day on May 6, 2023. Here is the synopsis…

In Prelude, the U.S.S. Santa Cruz travels to the Korvat colony for Kot’baval. But what was supposed to be a simple observation of the sacred Klingon festival quickly turns into a bloodbath when the cult of the godkiller reveals themselves to the universe.

And here is the cover (an homage to Watchmen #1)…

Prelude to Day of Blood cover by Malachi Ward.

Prelude to Day of Blood is co-written by veteran Trek comic creators Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, and Christopher Cantwell with art by Mike Feehan. “It’s time for Benjamin Sisko to face the past,” says Lanzing, “and for readers to finally get a look at the true fallout of the Dominion War. Deep Space Nine is the inspiration for this entire line, so it feels only right that the crew of the U.S.S. Theseus come back to where it all started.”

From Prelude to Day of Blood

“As lifelong Star Trek fans, Jack and I have been dreaming of this kind of thing since we can remember. This is the kind of event you could only do in comics, with enormous stakes and two starship crews colliding in the middle of a truly deadly crisis. This is our season finale, and it all begins in Free Comic Book Day’s Prelude to Day of Blood.

From Prelude to Day of Blood

Star Trek: Day of Blood is what this last year of comic book planning has been all about,” says senior editor Heather Antos. “It all leads to this moment. Was Sisko the correct choice of the Prophets? Will Worf’s Klingon honor serve him well? Or will the two remain in the crossfires of the godkiller? Jackson, Collin, and Chris are asking some of the biggest questions we’ve ever seen in Star Trek comics, and it’s time to answer them in the franchise’s first-ever classic summer crossover event.”

Here is a full breakdown of the Star Trek: Day Of Blood arc…

  • Star Trek: Prelude to Day of Blood (May 6 – Free Comic Book Day)
  • Star Trek: Day of Blood #1 (July 2023)
  •  Star Trek: Defiant #6 (August 2023)
  •  Star Trek #11 (August 2023)
  •  Star Trek: Defiant #7 (September 2023)
  •  Star Trek #12 (September 2023)

Defiant #1 preview

IDW has also provided us with a few unlettered preview pages from the first issue of Star Trek: Defiant, arriving in March.


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.


Defiant #1 cover A by Angel Unzueta

Preview pages: 

Pre-order Star Trek comics

You can pre-order upcoming IDW Star Trek comics at TFAW. You can also pre-order digital editions at Amazon/comiXology.

And for the Prelude issue, visit freecomicbookday.com for more info on picking up a copy.

Keep up with all the Star Trek comics news, previews and reviews in TrekMovie’s comics category.

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Oh, my. That artwork is not very good.

Wow, I had the exact opposite reaction! I think it tells the story well, the characters look like the people they are supposed to resemble, and it doesn’t rely on a lot of flash but gets the job done. What didn’t you like about it?

Agree with you Denes… I think this artwork is excellent! The character likenesses are well done here in my opinion. The Theseus design is a bit different, but the Santa Cruz is a ship design I’d like to see more of!

Seriously, what ship is that supposed to be in the second-to-last image? Bizarre. I do like the Santa Cruz design, though I’ve always had a soft spot for anything Reliant/Miranda Class-looking.

That is the Theseus. Without giving away too much of the story, it’s the ship that Sisko and crew are on throughout. It’s an older design that is given new life by a particularly gifted engineer.

Glad to hear it’s the Theseus because shouldn’t the Santa Cruz be California Class?

I thought the artwork looks much better than the artwork in the new “Star Trek” series that just launched.

That Spock/Worf page is begging to be turned into a dad joke meme.

That is some of the most amateurish-looking artwork IDW has ever featured in its Star Trek comics. They were doing so well, too.

I think that you’re alone in this rude assessment.

He isn’t.

I agree it’s not as good as I would expect from a prime property like Star Trek. Is it better than anything I could produce? By a lightyear.

That #1A cover is one of the absolute worst comic covers I have ever seen. What the heck are they doing with their hands?!

Covers are great