Tomorrow IDW Publishing is beginning a new bi-monthly anthology series, Star Trek Waypoint. And we have a preview for borg.com readers from Issue #1 below. The series is billed as a 50th anniversary look across all the Star Trek incarnations, and it features a host of writers we haven’t seen before in IDW comics. Issue #1 includes a Star Trek: The Next Generation story featuring Geordi and Data and an Original Series story featuring Uhura. Fans of the Star Trek Countdown prequel series should take note: Although the anthology stories aren’t specifically pegged in the canon timeline, writer Donny Cates and artist Mack Chater’s story “Puzzles” feels like a continuation of the Star Trek 2009 prequel story, after Spock and Nero return to the past and create what we now know as the “Kelvin timeline.”
Star Trek Countdown (reviewed here back in 2011) was one of the comic medium’s most fascinating stories so far, revealing Captain Picard working again with Data, with new Starfleet uniforms and an engrossing future. Similar uniforms appear in “Puzzles.” It’s an exciting starting point for fans who want to see Star Trek continue to move into the future beyond past TV series. The second story in Star Trek Waypoint features Uhura, and has the look and feel of authentic, classic Star Trek episodes. Sandra Lanz serves dual roles on that story, titled “Daylily,” as both writer and artist.
In November Issue #2 will feature two more Original Series stories. Look for a preview here in two months. You can look forward to fan favorite Star Trek novelists Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore creating an homage to the classic Gold Key Star Trek comics (remember the great photo covers?), featuring Kirk and Spock on an uncharted planet. Artwork will be provided by Star Trek comic book artist Gordon Purcell. The second story is a “red shirt” story, written by author Sam Maggs with art by Star Trek and Doctor Who artist Rachael Stott.
Check out this great preview to Issue #1, courtesy of IDW Publishing: