IDW Publishing is focusing on its upcoming 20th anniversary with a look back—and ahead—at some of its most popular titles. This January the comic book company will release one-shots featuring five licensed properties: Ghostbusters, Jem and the Holograms, My Little Pony, Star Trek, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
"We're looking 20 years in the future or 20 years in the past at these characters," editor-in-chief John Barber said Saturday at the company's New York Comic Con panel. The five-week event is being dubbed IDW 20/20.
In other news, the company confirmed plans for a miniseries titled Star Trek: The Q Conflict, beginning in January and featuring characters from the original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. Scott and David Tipton will write the story, with art from David Messina. The official logline has been released as well: "When a dispute between godlike beings threatens the galaxy, it will take all of Starfleet’s best captains to stop them. James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Kathryn Janeway, and Benjamin Sisko must go head-to-head in a competition rigged by the arrogant Q and his nigh-omnipotent cohorts."
"Q is going to be pulling them all through space into a battle royale," Barber teased. "We'll see some really crazy interactions between these guys. What's it like when Data and Spock get together?"
IDW also announced that Kyle Baker and Vita Ayala will be writers of Marvel Action: Black Panther, part of the company's partnership with Marvel to create kid-friendly comics. That series begins in January. An artist was not yet named, but Elsa Charretier created this explosive cover art.
Ayala will also be writing a Magic: The Gathering series featuring Chandra Nalaar, a planeswalker with a thing for fire. "This is a story about Chandra having to deal with all of the universe-ending stuff that is constantly happening," Ayala said. "I think of her as kind of a Peter Parker person going through some real intense stuff."
Other announcements include the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles storyline "City at War," beginning in April 2019, which leads into the title's landmark 100th issue. There will also be a second series of the rock-and-roll-and-ghosts comic Punks Not Dead, subtitled "London Calling." Shelly Bond, the editor of IDW's Black Crown imprint, strongly hinted that "London Calling" will, as the title implies, feature Joe Strummer, the late lead singer of The Clash.
And coming off the page, Locke & Key creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are cautiously optimistic that the third time will be the charm with the television adaptation of their horror-fantasy series. Netflix is the third company to get behind the show following two previous pilots for Fox and Hulu. "It does seem like it will happen," Hill said, explaining that Netflix has given the show a full season order and filming begins in February. But given the project's history, both Hill and Rodriguez say they'll believe it when they see it.
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