Star Trek #15
IDW Publishing, On Shelves Wednesday
In the wake of J.J. Abrams’ big-screen Star Trek reboot, fans have spent the past three years speculating which stories, characters, or elements from the Original Series might turn up in the sequel, now given the annoyingly colon-free title of Star Trek Into Darkness. What those fans might not know is that the new Trek continuity has been exploring just those questions on the comic page for a while now. This week’s issue of Star Trek gives us a look at nuTrek’s version of one of the franchise’s most iconic elements: the Mirror Universe. Yes, we’ll finally get to see Zachary Quinto with an Evil Goatee, at least in illustrated form. The issue is being overseen by Roberto Orci, one half of the screenwriting team responsible for the new movies.
IDW’s ongoing Star Trek has mixed together original stories and twists on existing TOS episodes such as “The Trouble with Tribbles” and “The Return of the Archons.” Many of these story arcs have deviated a lot from the original episodes, and that’s as it should be. What’s the point of kickstarting a new take on the Trek universe if you are going to do everything the same? Will Spock engage in a heated bout of nerve-pinch-on-nerve-pinch Vulcan action? Will Kirk claim that “it doesn’t count” if he sleeps with all alternate versions of his female crew members? Are most of the Vulcans dead in the Mirror Universe too? We’ve got no idea, but we’ll read to find out.