IDW Publishing continues to expand its line-up of Star Trek comics with the announcement of a special Halloween-themed comic series debuting in October. IDW has also revealed more Star Trek comics coming in September including the final issue of the new Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Echoes miniseries, the first issue of the new series about young Jean-Luc Picard at Starfleet Academy, and the second issue of the upcoming Strange New Worlds mini-series. September will also see the “Day of Blood” crossover event wrap up with a new issue from the ongoing Star Trek series and a bonus one-off focused on Shaxs. Finally, we have the first look at the next arc for the ongoing Defiant series. We have details and covers for all of them. (NOTE: RI Covers not yet available)
Halloween on the Holodeck
Star Trek: Holo-Ween has IDW “bringing horror to the holodeck in a new four-issue miniseries in the month of October!” The series set in the Star Trek: The Next Generation era is being written by Chris Sequeira (Justice League Adventures and Sherlock Holmes: Dark Detective) and Eisner-nominated artist Joe Eisma (Morning Glories and Engineward). The first issue arrives on October 4 (priced at $3.99).
Here is the official synopsis:
After enduring an anxiety-ridden passage through a solar storm, Captain Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise take to celebrating Halloween to reset the mood. But while the Earth holiday involves sweet treats and other festivities, they soon learn that fear is in season when crew members begin to go missing one by one.
“Day of Blood” wraps up in September
In July IDW launches the 5-issue “Day of Blood” crossover with a one-off Day of Blood issue that is followed up with four issues between the ongoing Star Trek and Defiant comics. Part four arrives with Defiant #7 in early September (see previous preview), with part five arriving later in September wrapping up the main story. There will also be a bonus one-off issue, from Shaxs’ perspective, promising to detail “the Bajoran’s beast-mode brawl and showcasing all the behind-the-scenes Klingon-zealot butt-kicking in full animated glory!”
Star Trek #12
(September 27 – $4.99)
Written by Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing; art by Angel Unzueta
The crossover event between Star Trek and Star Trek: Defiant comes to a thrilling conclusion in part five of Day of Blood! Using powers bestowed upon him by the Prophets, emissary Benjamin Sisko withstands the god-killing weapon for now, but forces of the Orb of Destruction wear on him with each passing moment. Meanwhile, Worf agonizes over a fatal wound of his own that he can never hope to heal. What will become of our heroes? What will become of the universe? Can the crews of the Theseus and Defiant stop the godkiller once and for all?
Star Trek: Day of Blood: Shaxs Best Day (one-off)
(September 27 – $5.99)
Written by Ryan North; art by Derek Charm
You’ve seen Captains Benjamin Sisko and Worf with their crews of the U.S.S. Theseus and Defiant stop the fascist, god-killing clone Kahless II from declaring war on non-followers across the galaxy in a brutal battle on Qo’noS. But you haven’t seen it from the eyes of the man, the myth, the legend-Lieutenant Junior Grade Shaxs!
More September/October 2023 Trek comics
Star Trek: Picard’s Academy #1
(September 13 – $3.99)
Written by Sam Maggs; art by Greco Ornella
A new ongoing series unveiling the past of one of Starfleet’s most celebrated officers: Captain Jean-Luc Picard! Before becoming the Federation’s finest, Jean-Luc was an ordinary student at Starfleet Academy with sights on the stars. His path forward was charted: blow his classmates out of the water on the infamous Evasive Maneuvers exam and graduate early. But there’s a detail Cadet Picard hadn’t factored into his plan: the exam was a group project and he’d need to make friends with, ugh, people if he stood a chance at passing. Federation starships aren’t run by a party of one, after all!
Star Trek: The Motion Picture – Echoes #5
(September 13 – $4.99)
Written by Marc Guggenheim; art by Oleg Chudakov
Peace hangs in the balance with Akris and the Romulans’ plans to test the devastating Nightbringer weapon on an innocent population and with the Enterprise crew’s actions treading the line of the Federation-Romulan peace treaty. Meanwhile, Nyota has gone rogue after finding the crew’s actions too passive for her liking. Can Nyota and Kirk set aside their differences to ensure a peaceful resolution and avoid sparking the next intergalactic war? Find out in the finale of Star Trek: The Motion Picture: Echoes!
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds – Scorpius Run #2
(October 4 – $3.99)
Written by Kirsten Beyer & Mike Johnson; art by Angel Hernandez
Let the race begin! After entering a crime lord’s starship competition to save an innocent pilot, the U.S.S. Enterprise jets through a gauntlet of dangerous environments in the unexplored Scorpius sector. But cosmic storms and sentient ship-eating asteroids aren’t the only obstacles the crew will have to survive!
Star Trek: Defiant #8
(October 4 – $4.99)
Written by Christopher Cantwell; art by Mike Feehan
Arc two of the acclaimed Star Trek: Defiant series starts here! Still reeling from the battle on Qo’noS, Worf and the Defiant crew have been ordered to return to Starfleet headquarters where they await learning the Federation’s thoughts on their involvement in the fight against Kahless and the Red Path.
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