Hertzler Developing Klingon Graphic NovelsBy Caillan
November 1, 2003 - 11:52 AM
J.G. Hertzler (Martok) has pitched the concept of a Klingon graphic novel series to Paramount.
Speaking with DreamWatch magazine (via TrekWeb), Hertzler said the potential series would keep the focus squarely on the Klingons with "Star Trek somwhere in the back story". He stressed the premise is "mainly about the Klingon experience and the point of it is to tell tremendously good sci-fi stories".
Paramount is reportedly "interested" in the graphic novel series, but has yet to sign on the dotted line. To increase the marketability of the books and fulfill his vision for the series, the actor wants to bring artist David Mack onto the project.
Mack created the Kubuki comic series and has also penned issues of Marvel Comics' Daredevil. He is noted for a highly individualistic style which is adapted to suit the themes of each story.
Hertzler said Mack could lend his Klingon series the "disturbing" touch it needs. "Two things that Klingons are is sexy and violent, but they're never really portrayed that way in comics or graphic novels."
The new graphic novel series wouldn't be the first time Hertzler, who played General Martok for several seasons on Deep Space Nine, has ventured into the literary world. The Left Hand of Destiny duology, which he co-wrote with Jeffrey Lang, was published earlier this year. The two novels dealt with Martok's return to Qo'noS as chancellor after the final defeat of the Dominion.
The original news can be found in the latest issue of DreamWatch magazine, with excerpts available online at TrekWeb.