April 25 2024

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Star Trek: Year Five Comic Series

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Star Trek: Year Five, a new monthly Star Trek comic from IDW Publishing, will arrive in April.

“In Star Trek: Year Five, the crew of the Enterprise have traveled to strange new worlds, defeated impossible foes, and made universe-changing decisions. But with the end in sight, they’ll have to face their biggest challenge yet. Step aboard the Enterprise with Kirk, Spock, Bones, and Uhura on a voyage towards an uncertain future!”

Star Trek: Year Five will be written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly. It will feature art by Stephen Thompson. Greg Hildebrandt will provide the cover for the first issue. And there will be a “collaborative writer’s room” for the series; including Lanzing, Kelly, Brandon Easton, Jody Houser, and Jim McCann.

Year Five will be a vital, hard-hitting, character-focused look at Captain Kirk on his last year in command,” said Lanzing. “His actions will have huge ripple effects, from the outbreak of war in the Alpha Quadrant to an unprecedented strain of trust with Spock. We’ll turn a mirror on our modern society, just as Trek did in the 1960s, and go boldly towards meaningful, heartfelt stories.

“We’ll tell an ongoing narrative with a beginning, a game-changing middle, and a definite end…and do so with some of the best writers in comics contributing their unique, diverse voices and ideas.”

“The opportunity to be a part of this monumental legacy is an unbelievable trust,” said Kelly. “With Year Five, we don’t just want to thrill – we want to channel the power of Roddenberry’s original vision, to tell a story about the future that illuminates our present. It’s time for the Enterprise to come home…but first, they’ll have to face an enemy that’s been waiting in the shadows since 1968.”

“I have been a fan of Star Trek right from the beginning in 1966,” said Hildebrandt. “I admired the social, moral, and political statements that were obvious in Gene Roddenberry‘s plot lines. I feel that the original was and is one of the best shows ever on TV, and clearly the inspiration for all the space operas that have followed. It was an honor to paint this cover art of the original cast. Having never painted Trek before, it was a kick for me at eighty years old.”

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