IDW Publishing has announced their plans for their Star Trek licensed comics through this year. Coming this December, they are adding Star Trek: Starfleet Academy to their current lineup. The comic is set to follow Kirk, Spock, Uhura and some other surprising faces while they are still cadets-in-training at Starfleet Academy, still set in the current films alternate timeline. set in the period just prior to the opening of the 2009 mega-hit film. Not only that, but they will also introduce the all-new “current day” class of Starfleet cadets with a mystery that will bridge the two times together. The series will be written by Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrot, with art by Derek Charm.
“IDW is proud to have been partnered with Star Trek for nearly a fifth of its lifespan so far,” said IDW Editor-In-Chief Chris Ryall. “As these new comic book projects, and many others coming soon, will show, we’ve got plenty of exciting new ways to bring Star Trek stories to the fans.”
“The fan enthusiasm surrounding Starfleet Academy, much like Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, or X-Men’s Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, shows that the educational lives of our most beloved heroes makes for fantastic stories,” said IDW editor Sarah Gaydos. “I am so excited to flesh out a new chapter in the lives of the Enterprise crew, while introducing you to a great new team of recruits – – ready to boldly go!”
Meanwhile in the main series this October will see Star Trek #50 hit stands, marking one of the longest-running Star Trek comic-book series by any publisher. Mike Johnson will continue his run with a special anniversary issue that starts a new three-part arc that will introduce the classic “Mirror/Mirror” storyline into the new film-based universe. Issue #50 will also contain bonus content, including behind-the-scenes looks at the entire 50-issue run, along with hints about where the series is going. The issue will feature a wraparound cover by series artist Tony Shasteen.