Star Trek: Way­point boldly goes where no Star Trek comic has been be­fore...

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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.

Look out guys, a big ship’s about to run into you!

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