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Moonstone Books Kickstarts a Kolchak: The Night Stalker 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel

On Tuesday, January 11, 1972, Kolchak: The Night Stalker terrified and delighted audiences on ABC. The TV movie — written by horror legend Richard Matheson and based on an unpublished novel by Jeff Rice — was the highest-rated TV movie in U.S. history. It subsequently spawned both a second TV movie, The Night Stalker, and a cult TV series that ran for just one season, but inspired a generation of storytellers, notably including X-Files creator Chris Carter. 

Moonstone Books is celebrating this pop culture milestone with a Kickstarter campaign for Kolchak: The Night Stalker 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel, edited by James Aquilone. This all-new, 100+ page, full-color graphic novel will feature 10 startling stories chronicling the life of monster-hunting reporter Carl Kolchak. The stories are written by such master storytellers as David Avallone, Rodney Barnes, James Chambers, Nancy Collins, Peter David, Kim Newman, Jonathan Maberry, Richard Christian Matheson, Tim Waggoner, and Aquilone, and illustrated by such amazing artists as Jonathan Marks Barravecchia, Marco Finnegan, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Paul McCaffrey, Clara Meath, Julius Ohta, Tom Rogers, J.K. Woodward, and Colton Worley. It features covers by Colton Worley, Jerry Ordway and J.K. Woodward as well as lettering by Thomas Napolitano, coloring by Zac Atkinson, and text design by Shawn T. King.

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel also includes an introduction by Richard Christian Matheson, the bestselling horror author/screenwriter/producer and son of The Night Strangler writer Richard Matheson, an essay on the 50th anniversary by Mark Dawidziak, the author of The Nightstalker Companion, and a retrospective of Moonstone Book’s Kolchak publication history by publisher Joe Gentile.

The Kolchak: The Night Stalker 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel Anthology will be available in limited-edition softcover and hardcover editions, both with variant covers. In addition Moonstone Books is creating a special 40-page standalone comic for the Kickstarter, featuring the story “Satanic Panic ’88,” written by James Aquilone and illustrated by Colton Worley, and featuring a cover by Dan Brereton.

Preview: Star Trek: Mirror War #3 (of 8)

Star Trek: Mirror War #3 (of 8)

(W) David Tipton, Scott Tipton (A) Gavin Smith (CA) J. K. Woodward
In Shops: Jan 05, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Enter the mirror universe of The Next Generation! The Mirror War continues here!
New problems arise as Picard and crew head towards Faundori. With no changes to their course, they are likely to be found by any number of Klingons or Cardassians-including Worf! With plans in place to destroy a Cardassian listening post, the crew of the Enterprise embarks on a dangerous mission…

Star Trek: Mirror War #3 (of 8)

Preview: Star Trek: Mirror War #3 (of 8)

Star Trek: Mirror War #3 (of 8)

(W) David Tipton, Scott Tipton (A) Gavin Smith (CA) J. K. Woodward
In Shops: Jan 05, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Enter the mirror universe of The Next Generation! The Mirror War continues here!
New problems arise as Picard and crew head towards Faundori. With no changes to their course, they are likely to be found by any number of Klingons or Cardassians-including Worf! With plans in place to destroy a Cardassian listening post, the crew of the Enterprise embarks on a dangerous mission…

Star Trek: Mirror War #3 (of 8)

Preview: Star Trek: The Mirror War #2 (of 8)

Star Trek: The Mirror War #2 (of 8)

(W) David Tipton, Scott Tipton (A) Gavin Smith (CA) J. K. Woodward
In Shops: Nov 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Return to the Mirror Universe of The Next Generation with this brand-new series from writers David & Scott Tipton!

When one of Picard’s secret supply caches is raided by “The Obnoxious Okona”-putting an obstacle in the way of the crew getting to Faundori-the Captain vows revenge. Meanwhile, Worf remains on their trail…

Star Trek: The Mirror War #2 (of 8)

Preview: Star Trek: The Mirror War #2 (of 8)

Star Trek: The Mirror War #2 (of 8)

(W) David Tipton, Scott Tipton (A) Gavin Smith (CA) J. K. Woodward
In Shops: Nov 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Return to the Mirror Universe of The Next Generation with this brand-new series from writers David & Scott Tipton!

When one of Picard’s secret supply caches is raided by “The Obnoxious Okona”-putting an obstacle in the way of the crew getting to Faundori-the Captain vows revenge. Meanwhile, Worf remains on their trail…

Star Trek: The Mirror War #2 (of 8)

Preview: Star Trek: Mirror War #1

Star Trek: Mirror War #1

(W) David Tipton, Scott Tipton (A) Gavin Smith (CA) J. K. Woodward
In Shops: Oct 13, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Return to the Mirror Universe of The Next Generation with this brand-new series from writers David & Scott Tipton, where familiar faces and exciting new surprises await around every corner!

To conquer the Mirror Universe, Captain Picard must first seize control of the ship-building planet of Faundori! The only problem? Faundori is inside Klingon-Cardassian Alliance territory

Star Trek: Mirror War #1

Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Universe Collection

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Universe Collection

As far back as I can remember Star Trek has been one of those franchises that always been part of the public imagination. Permeating throughout popular culture, leading to even George Lucas admitting the franchise’s influence on his Star Wars saga.  Even though I watched and enjoyed the original series, the movies including the original cast, and the cartoon series, it was definitely before my time. What really got me pulled into this universe was The Next Generation series.

I remembered the first episode where we met the crew, and of course, Data is who stood out. The other aspect of Star Trek, I have enjoyed are the ever-interesting Mirror Universe episodes, which every show that came after the original series got to has enjoyed, except for ST: TNG. As it would have been an interesting endeavor by the show, giving us a different view of our favorite characters. In David and Scott Tipton’s Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Mirror Universe Collection, we get some wish-fulfillment in a trio of comic stories which shows just how menacing our heroes are in the Mirror Universe.

In “Mirror Broken,”, we’re introduced to the crew of the ISS Stargazer and their insidious captain, Jean Luc Picard and belongs to the once-powerful Terran Empire, and where Vulcans are slaves to the powerful Klingon-Cardassian alliance, which gives Picard the perfect opportunity to assemble the crew we know, but more ominous, to take over the Enterprise and give the Empire an advantage over their enemies with a long-dormant weapon. In “Origin of Data”, we get an interesting side story of how Picard recruited Data to his ranks in this alternate dimension. In “Through the Mirror”, the ISS Enterprise crosses over to the Prime Star Trek universe where they meet the heroes we know and looks to conquer worlds in their dimension, while the mirror universe Picard hatches a plan to infiltrate the Enterprise which leads to a tense standoff between both crews. In “Ripe for Plunder”, Data goes on a solo mission to find Emperor Spock, who was thought to be long dead and reveals long-hidden keys to Picard’s plans. In the last story, “Terra Incognita”, one of the show’s long-endeared characters takes a baleful turn as his evil doppelganger infiltrates the Prime Universe Enterprise crew.

Overall, Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Mirror Universe Collection is an exciting set of stories that play with alternate universes and realities masterfully. The stories by the Tiptons are engrossing and exciting. The art by the creative teams is beautiful. Altogether, a collection that gives more than fan service, as it stretches the imagination and the possibilities, infinite.

Story: Scott Tipton and David Tipton
Art: J.K. Woodward, Charlie Kirchoff, Josh Hood, Marcus To, Chris Johnson, Carlos Nieto, Debora Carita, Tony Shasteen, Angel Hernandez
Color: Jason Lewis, Brittany Peer, Jason Lewis, David Garcia Cruz, Fran Gamboa, Jay Fotos, Jo Mettler, Mark Roberts
Letterer: Andworld Design, Neil Uyetake
Story: 9.8 Art: 9.6 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Universe Collection

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Universe Collection

(W) Scott Tipton, David Tipton (A) J. K. Woodward, Lea Hernandez, Carlos Nieto (CA) George Caltsoudas
In Shops: Jun 09, 2021
SRP: $39.99

Go into the alternate “Mirror, Mirror” universe to meet the cold-blooded crew of the I.S.S. Enterprise, and their captain, the ruthless Jean-Luc Picard, in this collection of three graphic novels!

Space… The final frontier. These are the voyages of the I.S.S. Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to conquer strange new worlds, to enslave new life and new civilizations… To boldly go where no one has gone before! In the other-dimensional Mirror Universe there is no United Federation of Planets, only a cruel Terran Empire, where advancement comes through assassination, brutality is commonplace, and kindness is a weakness. Collects Mirror Broken, Through the Mirror, and Terra Incognita into one compendium!

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Mirror Universe Collection

Preview: Star Trek: Year Five Vol. 3 Weaker Than Man

Star Trek: Year Five Vol. 3 Weaker Than Man

(W) Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Jim McCann, Jody Houser (A) Angel Hernandez, Silvia Califano, J. K. Woodward (CA) J.J. Lendl
In Shops: May 26, 2021
SRP: $19.99

Join the crew of the original Starship Enterprise in these all-new adventures as they near the conclusion of their five-year mission.

Finally returning to Federation space, the Enterprise and her crew find the Federation isn’t quite the same as the one they left behind! Kirk grapples with a very personal Klingon threat, even as the Enterprise begins its homecoming victory tour, and the Federation’s upcoming presidential election is upended when Harry Mudd enters the race!

All this against the backdrop of a sinister malaise threatening to rot the Federation from within. Terrible secrets are revealed, among them the origin of Gary Seven and the grand designs of the shadowy AEGIS organization. Can Kirk and the Enterprise crew excise this corruption, or will the five-year mission end in failure? Collects issues #13-19 of the series.

Star Trek: Year Five Vol. 3 Weaker Than Man

Star Trek: The Mirror War is a Year-Long Comic Book Event

For decades, Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation has represented an ideal of greatness to science fiction fandom, a character of intelligence, authority, and empathy. Beginning on “Star Trek Day” (September 8th), readers can witness what the galaxy could be like at the mercy of a Captain Picard whose greatness is measured in cunning and cruelty, courtesy of an all-new event, Star Trek: The Mirror War.

Celebrated Star Trek comic writers Scott and David Tipton delve deep into the lore of the Mirror Universe, a perennial favorite concept amongst fans, in August’s Star Trek: The Mirror War #0, illustrated by Carlos Nieto. This zero issue features a new story of “Mirror Picard” as he’s summoned to Earth to face the wrath of his emperor, deftly weaving threads from past Mirror Universe tales in a way entertaining to newcomers and the initiated alike.

Following September’s #0 launch, the series will continue to build year-long tension with issues #1-8 and four interspersed tie-in specials, each highlighting a different member of the Next Generation cast. The first spin-off one-shot, slated for December, will focus on Data. Once complete, the 13-part saga will chart Mirror Picard’s path of conquest across all of the Mirror Universe, stoking the wrath of the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance along the way.

Star Trek: The Mirror War #0 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by series artist Carlos Nieto, Cover B by Ejiwa “Edge” Ebenebe, and a Retailer Incentive edition by Bex Glendining. Starting with issue #1, J.K. Woodward will be providing cover artwork for every issue.

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