Star Trek: Boldly Go #8
Mike Johnson (w) • Megan Levens (a) • George Caltsoudas (c)
It’s up to Kirk, Spock and the Academy cadets (including their newest member, Jaylah from STAR TREK BEYOND!) to solve the murder of the Romulan ambassador before the Babel peace conference ends in disaster and a new course is set for galactic war! The finale of an epic storyline with guest artist Megan Levens!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
I love Star Trek and among my favorite episodes are the Crossover episodes, you know the ones where they go to the Mirror Universe and interact with their evil counterparts. “Evil” Spock has a beard and the Federation is the opposite of the benevolent society we’ve all come to know.
And now IDW Publishing is taking us through the looking glass again to explore the Next Generations crew in this alternate reality with Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken. This is the second trip to the Mirror Universe for the writing team of Scott and David Tipton. Their previous IDW series Star Trek Mirror Images gave us the tale of Kirk’s rise to power along with a single issue dedicated to a young ensign Picard.
For Free Comic Book Day they jumped to the NextGen era for a preview of the new series. Told from the character perspective of fan favorite Reg Barclay, this standalone gives the lay of the land aboard the ISS Stargazer, under the command of a buff Jean-Luc Picard and the state of galactic affairs. I’m not sure how theses voyages fit into the standard Trek universe as by season 2 of Deep Space Nine the Empire has been completely crushed. ST:TNG-MB retools the Mirror-verse so the Empire hasn’t been fully dismantled or subjugated by the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance, just pushed back to the Sol system with a ragtag fleet holding the line. Still the tactician, Picard decides to further his fortunes and rundown the rumors of the Empire’s newest warship the ISS Enterprise.
The Tipton’s write a tight story with the dark elements we would expect from the side of the mirror and artist J.K. Woodward brings the story to life with a moody palette that helps reinforce that this isn’t the Trek we’re used to. He also has a great eye for this eras character designs. Besides a steroid cocktail and beard for Picard, his goth/vixen look for Inquisitor Troi fits with her mischievously cold character and subtle nod to her casual dress during most of the NextGen run. Just as distinct is Woodward’s creepy look for Lt. CMDR Data, with his modular limbs of torture and near Borg-like appearance, this Data is more likely to examine the human experience from the inside by dissecting his fellow crew mates.
An entertaining read for the fans of Star Trek’s dark side, I recommend setting a course for your local comic book shop and engaging at maximum warp speed.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken #1 (of 6)
Scott Tipton & David Tipton (w) • J.K. Woodward (a & c)
The Star Trek mini-series event of the year kicks off! Captain Jean-Luc Picard will stop at nothing to get his hands on the Empire’s newest warship, the ISS Enterprise, be it lies, deception…or murder. With enemies and allies around every corner, Picard’s quest to help the Enterprise and restore the Empire to glory will not be an easy one. Good thing he has a crew onboard who will also stop at nothing to ensure total victory — at any cost.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Following the out-of-this-world success of 2016’s Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book and Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book, Dark Horse has announced two more volumes for Star Trek fans to enjoy: Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book—Where No Man Has Gone Before and Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book—Continuing Missions.
Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book—Where No Man Has Gone Before contains forty-five brand-new black-and-white images from the second two seasons of the classic science-fiction series. Printed on high-quality stock, each illustration offers an array of diverse detail to color as faithfully or as wildly as fans choose, and is single-sided to avoid unsightly bleed-through. Juann Cabal, Will Conrad, Gabriel Guzmán, and Derlis Santacruz create the gorgeous artwork, and Gabriel Guzmán’s art is featured on the cover.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book—Continuing Missions features forty-five brand-new colorable images from seasons 4 through 7 of the fan-favorite science-fiction series. The illustrations include unique, highly detailed black-and-white illustrations inspired by unforgettable episodes, like “Darmok,” “The Inner Light,” and “Chain of Command.” Juann Cabal, Gabriel Guzmán, Bill Mudron, and Shea Standefer bring the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D to life. Gabriel Guzmán’s art is also featured on the cover.
Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book—Where No Man Has Gone Before goes on sale September 13, 2017. Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book—Continuing Missions goes on sale October 4, 2017.
The Next Generation crew of Star Trek are boldly going to The Mirror Universe! Enter a sleeveless, jacked Captain Jean-Luc Picard, sporting an “evil” goatee, and you have a decidedly new fangled take on the classic Mirror Universe concept made popular by the original Star Trek series.
Over 100,000 copies of the Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken FCBD prelude issue were given away on Free Comic Book Day and caused a stir among both the media and fans. As a direct result, the debut issue of the “Mirror Broken” limited series has sold out at the distributor level in advance of the on sale date.
Fans can still head to their comic shop on launch day to snatch up a copy before they are gone or purchase the issue digitally, but for those who miss out on a first edition and would like to collect this groundbreaking issue in print, a second printing has been issued to meet the demand of this highly anticipated debut.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken #1, written by Scott and David Tipton, with art by J.K. Woodward, goes on sale on May 17, 2017 with the “shattered cover” second printing following on May 31, 2017.
Star Trek: New Visions: The Traveler
John Byrne (w & photo-manipulation)
A mysterious Traveler is pursued by a ruthless robotic horde. Or is he? Jim Kirk must answer that question before his ship and crew are lost!
FC • 48 pages • $7.99
Star Trek: Deviations
Donny Cates (w) • Josh Hood (a & c)
In a world where the Romulans discovered Earth before the Vulcans, Earth is now a brutal penal colony. Resistance fighter William Riker has uncovered a vast conspiracy, and together with his band of prisoner outlaws (you just might recognize a few!), must fight to rescue a mysterious prisoner in the darkest level of the Romulan dungeons. The only man on Earth that still holds the key to humanity’s return to the stars!
FC • 40 pages • $4.99
Star Trek: Waypoint #4 (of 6)
Vivek Tiwary, Scott Bryan Wilson (w) • Hugo Petrus, Caspar Wijngaard (a) • Zachary Baldus (c)
First, an ENTERPRISE story by Vivek Tiwary and Artist TK. Captain Archer’s pet beagle Porthos takes center stage in a Temporal Cold War tale that sees the beloved pooch traveling back in time in order to save a young Jonathan’s life. Then, a NEXT GENERATION story by Scott Bryan Wilson involving double trouble – quite literally – for an away team when they explore a strange new planet!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
In 2016, Shmaltz Brewing debuted two critically acclaimed Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ales to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic franchise, Star Trek. 2017 brings triple the excitement with the limited release of three Star Trek specialty beers rolling out throughout the year. Under license by CBS Consumer Products, the first extraterrestrial elixir of 2017 is Star Trek Klingon Imperial Porter (7.3% ABV). Six malts including Specialty 2-Row, Vienna, Melanoidin, Crystal, Honey, and Pale Chocolate are masterfully brewed with two hops, Columbus and Vanguard. Lifting off this week, Star Trek Klingon Imperial Porter transports itself in 4-packs to retail outlets in 35 states across the country and will be on draft at select bars.
Fans can raise a goblet of Star Trek Klingon Imperial Porter to the strongest warriors in the Galaxy, and discover the ruby undertones that pay homage to Klingon Bloodwine and fallen warriors who hold honor above life. “There is no honor in attacking the weak,” so take pleasure in besieging this 7.3% ABV Imperial Porter. But like this mighty brew, Klingons also have a sweet side: Witness the wedding ritual where the gods forge two hearts so strong that once joined together cannot be opposed. (Just ignore the part of the ceremony where the groom swings his bat’leth at the bride!)
A Klingon proverb states: “Death is an experience best shared,” and so is the first Star Trek limited release of 2017. Qapla’!
Enjoy Star Trek Klingon Imperial Porter at the following events across the country:
February 28: Star Trek Trivia Night @ My Parent’s Basement, Avondale Estate, GA
March 2: Klingon Hop Orgy Party @ The Factory Eatery, Ballston Spa, NY
May 1: Star Trek Bowling @ The Comet Pub & Lanes, Decatur, GA
More events will be taking place in the near future.