Star Trek ComicsBy T'Bonz
December 27, 2007 - 6:37 PM
Several Star Trek comics projects are in the works, ranging from Star Trek: The Next Generation to Star Trek XI.
Star Trek will be well-represented in the comic world, with several projects in the works or on the drawing board. As reported at Roddenberry.com, IDW Publishing has plans to do a comic book version of Star Trek XI after the movie's December 2008 release.
Star Trek: Intelligence Gathering will offer five new The Next Generation stories slated to appear. Intelligence Gathering is set toward the end of the fifth season of The Next Generation. Each story is self-contained but the stories are connected by a broader, unfolding plot. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Intelligence Gathering debuts in January of 2008.
Illustrator Joe Corroney is one of the premier cover artists at IDW. The ten-year industry veteran has done covers for Fallen Angel, 24:Nightfall and Angel as well as for Star Trek. Corroney enjoys working on licensed products such as Star Trek and Star Wars. "It's just sort of the niche I found," he explains. "Riding the wave of offers to do other licensed properties, like Star Trek, 24, Buffy, Angel, Dr. Who...I've done some Men in Black stuff. I try to bring a cinematic, almost realistic approach to my comic book, not just my covers, but my storytelling for my panel-to-panel, page-to-page stuff."
Cover work is satisfying for Corroney but another type of work is his favorite. "My heart will always be in storytelling," he explained. "In sequential storytelling...that's my favorite kind of illustration. I mean, it's the whole reason I got into illustration to begin with...comic books. I grew up reading comic books, right, and I love to do panel-to-panel, page-to-page stuff."
Corroney has been working on the upcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation: Intelligence Gathering and anticipates working on the comic version of Star Trek XI, possibly doing the covers.
Stephen Thompson is working on Star Trek: New Frontier which will debut this spring (see story here.) Thompson is a Star Trek fan, raised on original series reruns and first run The Next Generation. He feels that New Frontier has the exploratory and mystery elements that so enthralled him with the original series and The Next Generation. "That's one of the things that really grabbed me about New Frontier," he explained. "It was about one ship, off in an unexplored area of space, investigating the sector (by choice, so Voyager doesn't count!) which feels more like 'real' Trek to me."
Thompson offers an extra bit about the plot of the upcoming series, in which Admiral Jellico steals an experimental time-ship and the crew of the Excalibur must retrieve the ship before Jellico uses it to interfere with the time stream. "...to make matters worse, there's an old crew member who comes back unexpectedly," he said.