Hands down J.K. Woodward is the best artist to ever take on Star Trek in the comic book medium. His Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who Assimilation² was a stunning visual journey, and that series, reviewed here at borg.com, showcased Woodward’s superb painted panels and contained an imaginative story by David and Scott Tipton. Tipton, Tipton, and Woodward are back this week with the long-titled Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s The City on the Edge of Forever, The Original Teleplay, a five-issue limited series beginning tomorrow. For borg.com readers we have a nine-page preview of the issue below after the break, courtesy of IDW Publishing.
The Star Trek: The Original Series episode “City on the Edge of Forever” is regarded by many (including a TV Guide poll of the “100 Best TV Episodes of All Time”) as the greatest Star Trek episode of all time, but what made it to television was a far cry from the original teleplay by noted science fiction writer Harlan Ellison. Ellison’s original teleplay won both the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation as well as the Writer’s Guild of America’s Award for Most Outstanding Teleplay.
The new IDW Publishing comic book mini-series, produced under the guidance of Ellison, now brings the classic story to fans like they haven’t seen it before. Issue #1 is a blast. Woodward’s visuals are eye-popping as usual, and the story presents its own parallel universe for those familiar with the classic TV episode. Yeoman Rand never looked better!
Writers Scott Tipton and David Tipton are adapting the teleplay, with interior art by Woodward, and each issue of the series will feature a special cover by artist Juan Ortiz, whose own artistic interpretations of every episode of Star Trek: The Original Series were recently published in an oversize hardcover collection, Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz, which we reviewed here previously at borg.com. Variant covers will be provided by movie poster artist/Star Trek: Khan cover artist Paul Shipper.
Click here for a high quality nine-page preview of Issue #1.
“It was a superlative joy of my long life to have worked with Leonard Nimoy, who became my friend, and many others at Star Trek; and an equally heart-happy joy to be working with J.K. and the Tipton Bros. and Chris Ryall on this long-awaited visual of my (humbly, I say it) brilliant original ‘City…,'” Ellison said in publicity materials for the series. Star Trek‘s “City on the Edge of Forever” originally aired on April 6, 1967, as the penultimate episode of Star Trek‘s first season.
Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s The City on the Edge of Forever, The Original Teleplay Issue #1 hits comic book stores everywhere tomorrow.