IDW Publishing have announced a new, ongoing Star Trek series, penned by “Star Trek: Year Five” veterans Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing with art by Ramon Rosanas (“Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters”). Simply titled “Star Trek,” the comic will pick up three years after the events of Deep Space Nine in 2378, and see Benjamin Sisko return from the Bajoran wormhole with godlike powers, as well as a new mission from the Prophets.
Reassigned to the USS Theseus, Sisko “witnesses the unthinkable” in deep space: “someone is killing the gods.” Now he must bring together a crew of Starfleet officers from all eras and every universe to stop this threat, but the clock is ticking, as “his godhood is failing with every minute.” Characters revealed so far include The Next Generation‘s Data and Dr. Beverly Crusher, a Vulcan named T’Lir, and an Andorian girl called Sato.
Lanzing says, “We’re immeasurably thrilled to launch a new starship with a crew of new and familiar faces heading on a mission that will truly go where no one has gone before — an Avengers-style ongoing crossover that treats Gene Roddenberry’s creation as a living universe. This is a book where anyone can show up and where anything is possible.” Kelly adds, “We’re both excited to 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.”
Rosanas comments, “As a child, I watched reruns of the classic Star Trek series endlessly – until Next Generation, Voyager, and Deep Space Nine came along! After that, I didn’t miss a single episode of those three series’ each week. Gene Roddenberry is History with a capital H and his legacy is unstoppable. Having an opportunity to bring my passion and creativity to this franchise is incredibly exciting for me.”
The new “Star Trek” #1 will be released in October, and be preceded by a prelude story from Kelly, Lanzing, Rosanas, and colorist Lee Loughridge in September’s anthology special “Star Trek” #400. The premiere issue will have eight variant covers, by artists like Declan Shalvey, David Aja, Rachael Stott, Francesco Francavilla, and Rosanas himself. In the meantime, you can check out character designs and a sneak peek at the “Star Trek” #400 story at StarTrek.com, though be warned Trekkies: it might spoil who exactly the comic’s antagonist is.