IDW Publishing writer Mike Johnson continues to take Star Trek where no one has taken Star Trek before. As he did successfully in Star Trek Countdown and Star Trek: Nero, Johnson continues the adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew in the Star Trek “Kelvin” timeline–the new timeline begun by J.J. Abrams beginning in 2009. Johnson is breaking new grounds along with artist Tony Shasteen in Star Trek: Boldly Go, a monthly comic book series featuring a standalone story issue hitting comic book stores tomorrow.
In the first four issues of Star Trek: Boldly Go, Johnson and Shasteen take readers beyond last summer’s hit movie Star Trek Beyond. Kirk and his crew are divided now, serving aboard separate vessels. Kirk leads the USS Endeavour, with Bones as second rank under another medical chief. Chekov serves with them. Spock and Uhura are on sabbatical on New Vulcan with Sarek. Scotty is teaching at the Academy back on Earth. Commander Sulu is serving under Captain Terrell (played by Paul Winfield in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) aboard the USS Concord. And then a nemesis encountered much later in the Prime Universe pursues the Concord. Why? Is resistance truly futile? Find out when The Borg seize Spock.
Fortunately instead of being merely a gimmick to bring the key villains from Star Trek: The Next Generation into the realm of the original series, the change-up in the timeline is nicely tied to a logical occurrence in Kirk and Spock’s past, while further binding the ex-Enterprise crew together.
Tomorrow with Issue #5 Johnson and Shasteen set their focus on Jaylah, the heroine from Star Trek Beyond, and our nominee for the most kickass heroine of all the Star Trek films. It’s a great, personal story, providing backstory showing how Jaylah ended up where she encountered the Enterprise crew at the beginning of Star Trek Beyond, and where the character is now. Here is a preview of Star Trek: Boldly Go, Issue #5, courtesy of IDW Publishing:
Look for all sorts of variant covers for the Star Trek: Boldly Go series, including photo poster covers, clever “paper doll” covers, and more by Shasteen, George Caltsoudas, and Marc Laming.
If you missed the single issues, pre-order the trade edition at Amazon here, and find Issue #5 tomorrow at Elite Comics and other fine comic book stores everywhere.