‘Star Trek’ Movie Universe Headed To Comics

I know I’m not alone in being impressed by the recent “Star Trek” movie that effectively rebooted the science-fiction franchise for a younger generation. Sadly, we might have to wait a while for the “Star Trek” sequel, but it looks like there will be ample opportunity for fans of both the original series and the new, alternate timeline to get their fix of adventures with the crew of The Enterprise.

IDW Publishing announced plans today for a new series of “Star Trek” comics shepherded by the writer and producer of the 2009 film, Roberto Orci. According to the press release, “Star Trek” #1 will hit shelves in September, and feature stories from the original series re-imagined with the new crew.

Orci will oversee the ongoing series, with writer Mike Johnson and artist Stephen Molnar handling the individual issues.

You can check out the first issue’s cover and the full text of the press release below — including details about the first story they’ll tackle with the new crew:

Official press release text:

The Star Trek universe will never be the same following the events of the game-changing, blockbuster 2009 film. Beginning with STAR TREK #1 in September, IDW Publishing and CBS Consumer Products join forces with Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci to explore the vast implications of the alternate timeline created by the film in a new, monthly, ongoing comics series.

“Movies cost money. Lots and lots of money,” said Orci. “But comics give us unlimited budgets to take the crew of the Enterprise farther than they’ve ever been. Join us!”

The adventures of the Starship Enterprise continue with the new cast from the film as they embark on missions that re-imagine the stories from the original television series, along with new threats and characters never seen before.

Under the creative direction of Orci, fan-favorite STAR TREK writer Mike Johnson and artist Stephen Molnar bring this alternate universe to life and begin the countdown to the highly anticipated Star Trek sequel. The series kicks off with a dramatic new envisioning of The Original Series second pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

“Finally, new STAR TREK comics that showcase the new Enterprise crew,” said editor Scott Dunbier. “The only thing more fun than reading them is editing them!”

STAR TREK #1 will feature covers from Tim Bradstreet and David Messina, plus four rare photo covers. Readers are encouraged to talk to their local retailer about the photo covers, and the super rare STAR TREK #1 signed by Orci and Johnson. The debut issue will also feature a golden ticket promotion, with more details to come shortly from IDW.

STAR TREK #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in September 2011. Diamond order code JUN11 0308.

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