Star Trek, the venerable TV and movie franchise created by Gene Roddenberry that has served as one of the foundations for both modern science fiction and modern sci-fi fandom, is turning 50 this year - and the occasion is being marked on numerous different fronts. Star Trek Beyond, the third installment of the "rebooted" Trek movies, hits theaters in a few weeks, a new TV series is in the planning stages and fan events around the world will be celebrating the enduring legacy of the beloved series.
Now, add one more new item to the list: Star Trek: Waypoint, a new comic book anthology series covering multiple generations of Trek lore.
Set to be published by IDW Comics, Star Trek: Waypoint will allow for writers and artists to tell stories using the characters and continuity of multiple series from the Star Trek TV series continuum; which includes The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. The series will comprise six installments, though only the first two stories have been teased as part of the official release announcement.
A story set in the era of The Next Generation will bow first, from Donny Cates and Mack Chater; which will involve Starfleet being unable to decipher a coded message from an unidentified ship and enlisting Captain Geordi La Forge and his robotic best friend Data to seek out the answers. This will be followed by an Original Series story by Sandra Lanz, which will follow the familiar Star Trek scenario of a Federation crewmember being stranded on an alien planet and attempting to communicate with a strange creature.
Speaking on the series and what it means to her, Lanz elaborated:
"I think at the core of the series, and the thing that echoes throughout every incarnation of the show and movies and comics and what have you, is the idea of a future full of hope. Beyond the shiny starships and cool aliens and all of that is this idea that, if we can only get over our flawed human nature and our petty differences, if we can stop hating and fighting each other over lines in the dirt or imagined differences between us as people…. if we can do that… we can have the stars."
Star Trek: Waypoint will launch in September 2016. The new Star Trek movie, Star Trek Beyond, is set to debut on July 22nd, 2016.
Source: Comic Book Resources