Diamond Comic Distribution’s Previews catalog for November hits the comics stores this week, including what is likely its most important book of the month–STAR TREK: THE LAST GENERATION #1. (Yes, I know, a bold statement; thankfully, Action Comics #1 came out 70 years ago, so there wasn’t as much competition.)
The miniseries, from IDW Publishing and written by yours truly, tells a “Days of Future Past” epic for Star Trek saga, inspired in theme by the seminal X-Men storyline, and spirals out of the events of the Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country film. (Check out the X-Men Retailer Incentive homage cover for issue #1 below, along with the main newsstand cover.)
All five issues feature interiors by legendary Trek penciller Gordon Purcell, with covers for the debut issue by X-Factor illustrator Pablo Raimondi and upcoming X-Men: Origins painter JK Woodward (both of whom, by sheer coincidence, have in recent years been drawing titles from Peter David, best-selling Trek scribe and creator of the IDW series Fallen Angel.)
If you missed the catalog’s retailer solicitation when I first posted it, here you go:
STAR TREK: THE LAST GENERATION #1
Andrew Steven Harris (w); Gordon Purcell, Bob Almond (a); JK Woodward, Pablo Raimondi (c)
Starfleet is no more. The Federation lies in ruin. And the Klingons have conquered Earth.
But a resistance, led by Jean-Luc Picard, seeks to free humanity from Klingon rule. And now, finally, it may have the means to do it: An android named Data, who has scrutinized the timeline and discovered that things are not as they should be. A crucial moment, buried in the past, has gone awry-and as the Klingon warlord Worf closes in, time itself is running out…
For the first time ever, IDW Publishing proudly joins forces with Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books division, to deliver a Myriad Universes title in conjunction with the Star Trek alternate-universe prose novels of the same name. Plus, a special bonus excerpt from one of the Myriad Universes novels!
*Retailers: See your order form for a special incentive
FC • $3.99 • 32 ad-free pages
What? Ad-free pages? That’s right–for the first time, IDW will be publishing an excerpt from one of the Star Trek novels from Pocket Books, part of the joint collaboration that I put together with Simon & Schuster editor Marco Palmieri to coordinate efforts on Trek fiction. So: Bonus content, same cover price. Can Action Comics #1 say that? Heck, their guy couldn’t even fly yet.
If you want to see more of that sort of thing, go to your Friendly Local Comics Shop, and: Ask them to order the book. Based on fan reaction so far, I’ve got a great feeling that it’s going to move really well off the shelves; but it’s the retailer orders that play a major role in deciding what kind of Trek books get put on the publishing schedule in the future. So, if you’re into the story and interested in checking out the book, now’s the time to show IDW your support.
I’ll be posting all sorts of background and development stuff on the series in the next coming weeks, but in the meantime, let your retailers know that they’ve got your business.
- LAST GENERATION: Interview at TrekWeb
- LAST GENERATION: More from the TrekWeb Interview
- LAST GENERATION: Still More from the TrekWeb Interview
- LAST GENERATION: Evolution of a Cover