Two Star Trek timelines will meet in comic book crossover

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Aug 1, 2016

Captain Kirk may meet his father in the next Star Trek movie, but what about meeting himself?

That's the idea -- sort of -- behind a two-part comic book storyline announced by IDW Publishing that will bring together the Enterprise crew from the original Trek universe with their counterparts in the Kelvin timeline, aka the realm established in the J.J. Abrams/Justin Lin movies (see full cover art below). 

The story, according to Slashfilm, will feature both crews investigating an "irregularity in space" that leads to them "accidentally crossing over into each other's realities as they swap bodies" with their alternate selves. So, technically speaking, the two crews won't actually meet face to face, but they will find themselves interacting with different versions of their shipmates as they jump between universes.

This particular arc will close out IDW's current monthly Star Trek book, which will take a break before being relaunched in October 2016 as Star Trek: Boldly Go. From that point on, the book will follow the crew from the Kelvin timeline after the events of the current film Star Trek Beyond.

While the crossover sounds intriguing, it is a little disappointing to know that the two crews will never occupy the same space together (only Spock Prime got to do that with the "new" Kirk and Spock in the 2009 film Star Trek). Hopefully it will be a fun read either way. And there is good news for fans of another recent Trek crossover: IDW also revealed that a sequel to The Spectrum War, last year's Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover done in collaboration with DC Entertainment, will be coming in the near future as well. 

Do you like the idea of the two Trek crews crossing over? Would it be more compelling if they actually did get to meet in person?