Star Trek: Waypoint boldly goes where no Star Trek comic has been before...
Named after “a stopping place on a long journey”, IDW’s new anthology Star Trek: Waypoint will focus on numerous incarnations of the Starfleet crew who aren’t a regular part of their Trek comic-book line.
“Fans are constantly asking for an ongoing Next Generation, Enterprise, or even Animated Series comic, and how I wish I could make all of them happy, so this book is a start,” IDW Group Editor Sarah Gaydos tells Red Alert. “It’s a way for Trek stories other than the current Kelvin timeline to get out into the marketplace, and each issue will feature stories from various Trek iterations, and each iteration will definitely be covered.”
Taking a leaf out of Larry Nemecek’s Star Trek Cartography book, Waypoint was inspired by the eclectic variety of the Star Trek canon. “The maps in that book are so gorgeous, and in looking at them, you’re reminded of stories throughout the Trek universe,” says Gaydos.
With the 40-page first issue featuring stories of both the Original Series and the Next Generation, Waypoint is an opportunity to contrast the different Treks. “What really stands out is what they all have in common, which is coming together to work as a team, as well as using science to solve problems both big and small,” says Gaydos, who also wants to give a wider range of creators a chance to explore the Star Trek universe.
“I’m reaching out to folk who, because of time limitations or perhaps lack of exposure to the wider Trek fandom, might not be usually available,” she says. “In the first issue, Donny Cates and Mack Chater do a Next Generation story. They come from more of an indie background, but their love of Trek goes deep. Similarly, Sandra Lanz – who has done some amazing work on Image’s Island anthology – does a gorgeous, poignant The Original Series story.”
Gaydos promises that the six-issue miniseries will even venture into Star Trek’s somewhat surreal comic book heritage. “The second issue will feature a Gold Key-style homage from bestselling Trek authors Dayton Ward and Kevin Dillmore, with art by veteran Trek artist Gordon Purcell,” reveals Gaydos. “It’s just way too much fun, and really leans into the whole vintage, wacky feel of the very earliest Trek comics.”
Star Trek: Waypoint is released by IDW later this month.
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