The wait between new Star Trek films is long, and we haven't had a Star Trek TV show on the air in a decade, but thanks to IDW Publishing the Enterprise crew gets new stories all year long in the form of comics. The publisher's main Star Trek book is going strong, everyone at Comic-Con is buzzing about the new Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover, and now IDW has dropped two more big pieces of Star Trek comic book news, including the launch of a brand new series.
First, the publisher revealed that, in October, it will release the 50th issue of its ongoing main Star Trek series, set in the movie universe that launched in 2009. The anniversary issue, making the series one of the longest-running Trek books ever, will feature tons of behind-the-scenes bonus content, and will also launch a new three-part story that will introduce the movie universe cast to the classic "Mirror, Mirror" story from the original series.
Then, in December, IDW will take the world of Star Trek comics into the fairly recent past with Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, a new miniseries from writers Mike Johnson (Star Trek) and Ryan Parrott (Batman: Gates of Gotham) and artist Derek Charm (Powerpuff Girls: Super Smash-Up). The series is set prior to the 2009 Trek film, and will feature the Enteprise crew-in-training plus, thanks to a timeline mystery, the "current day" Starfleet class (meaning the class in training when the Enterprise crew is already off exploring).
“The fan enthusiasm surrounding Starfleet Academy, much like Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, or X-Men’s Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, shows that the educational lives of our most beloved heroes makes for fantastic stories,” said IDW editor Sarah Gaydos. “I am so excited to flesh out a new chapter in the lives of the Enterprise crew, while introducing you to a great new team of recruits - - ready to boldly go!”
So, this fall, we'll have even more Star Trek to read.