Gene Roddenberry, the man best known for laying the foundations of the "Star Trek" universe, left more behind when he died in 1991 than the landmark sci-fi franchise currently being remastered by J.J. Abrams. The company he founded, Gene Roddenberry Productions, also left its mark on television with series like "Earth: Final Conflict" and "Andromeda."
Now, the inheritors of the fanboy-sacred Roddenberry name are moving into comics, launching a series titled "Days Missing" with Archaia.
"Building on the science fiction legacy of the Star Trek franchise, we are excited to make a unique contribution to the comic book landscape with this extraordinary series," Roddenberry Productions executive Trevor Roth said in a press release. "We’ve assembled some of the best talent in the industry to deliver a great comic book that we hope will captivate fans."
Arachaia's creative team assigned to the first issue includes well-known names such as current "The Darkness" writer Phil Hester and artists Frazer Irving and Dale Keown.
The comic will follow a mysterious main character called the The Steward with the ability to remove full days from history that have held importance for mankind. As the sci-fi faithful know, anything involving time manipulation always results in chain reactions and unexpected consequences.
"All of us at Archaia are huge fans of Star Trek and to work with Roddenberry Productions to create a
comic like Days Missing is a huge honor," Archaia Director of Development Stephen Christy added in the release.
A limited edition version of issue #1 will be available at San Diego Comic-Con, with the direct market 99-cent launch hitting stores in August.
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