Star Trek: Khan Explores The Character’s History: Today In Science & Science Fiction

By David Wharton | Updated

KhanFeatStar Trek: Khan #1 (IDW Publishing)
This new series takes a look at the backstory and history of one Khan Noonien Singh. Some fans will be less excited to learn that it’s the Abrams/Cumberbatch Khan, but it should still be interesting. It actually opens with Khan on trial for his crimes against Earth and Starfleet but soon transitions to his younger years and rise to power. If nothing else it should be interesting to see how the Abramsverse deals with the Eugenics Wars (which were supposed to have happened during the ‘90s) and the period after Admiral Marcus and Section 31 awoke and recruited Khan for their nefarious purposes.

Writer Mike Johnson also pens IDW’s ongoing, in-canon Trek series, so he’s a veteran of playing around in the new movies’ tangent timeline. Claudia Balboni is handling the art chores, and Paul Shipper created the cover art. As with the ongoing comic series, movie Trek writer Roberto Orci is overseeing the five-part Khan miniseries. The comic runs 32 pages and lists for $3.99. You can check out some pages in the gallery below, courtesy of

Other Comics
Guardians of the Galaxy #7 (Marvel)
“With the mysterious Angela now on the team and the massive effects of Infinity beginning to rise, the galaxy’s most mismatched heroes find themselves at a crossroads.”

The X-Files: Season 10 #5 (IDW Publishing)
“’Believers,’ Part 5 of 5: The sense-shattering conclusion! Reunited at last, Mulder and Scully pursue the Deacon deep beneath the surface of Yellowstone National Park. Also in pursuit are the telltale black helicopters of the FBI, but are they friend… or foe?”

Nova (PBS, 9/8c) — “Making Stuff Faster”

New York Times technology reporter David Pogue explores things that may change the way people live, beginning with efforts to tweak physiology and engineering in order to move people and machines faster. To that end, he meets with Oracle Team USA design executive Dirk Kramers and goes for a ride aboard the Oracle, a uniquely engineered sailboat that’s competing in the America’s Cup. He also looks at ways to speed up the airline-boarding process; and takes a special treadmill test.

Revolution (NBC, 8/7c) — “Patriot Games”

WOUNDS HEAL, WHILE NEW BONDS FORM – Monroe (David Lyons) and Charlie’s (Tracy Spiridakos) dynamic begin to evolve. Meanwhile, wounds of Miles (Billy Burke) and Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) begin to heal, yet her curiosity and heightened awareness could be her undoing. Neville’s (Giancarlo Espositio) manipulation of Patriot power brokers makes Machiavelli look like a cherub and Aaron’s (Zak Orth) mind works overtime awake or asleep with mind-blowing effectiveness. Rachel and Miles begin planning a resistance to what they believe might be the Patriot occupation.

The Tomorrow People (The CW, 9/8c) — “In Too Deep”

BREAKING OUT — When Ultra tries to probe Stephen’s (Robbie Amell) brain, he looks to his fellow Tomorrow People for help, but is rebuffed by an angry John (Luke Mitchell), leaving Cara (Peyton List) to go behind John’s back to help Stephen. Meanwhile, Ultra tracks down the identity of a new break-out, who has been using his powers to commit crimes. Stephen tracks down the new break-out, but is shocked when an Ultra swat team is called in. At a loss for what to do, Stephen calls on John, Cara and Russell (Aaron Yoo) for help, leaving them with a risk of also getting caught. Upon learning of Ultra’s evil motives, John tries to convince Stephen to spy on Ultra to help save other potential Tomorrow People, while still pursuing the answers he seeks about this father.

Toy Story of TERROR! (ABC, 8/7c)

What starts out as a fun road trip for the Toy Story gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate in this Toy Story OF TERROR!

Lost in Space!
Since we were already discussing the alternate history of Star Trek’s Khan up top, it’s only appropriate that today marks the anniversary of another such fictional milestone. In Lost in Space, the Robinson family sets out on a five-year mission to Alpha Centauri on October 16, 1997. Sadly, their journey takes a detour almost immediately after a meteor storm and a bit of underhanded sabotage by Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris) knocks the Jupiter 2 off course and leaves them lost in…well, you know.

Created by Irwin Allen, Lost in Space ran for three seasons between 1965 and 1968. The show is remembered as something of a cheeseball classic but it might be a fun show to share with young kiddos if you have any. You can watch the entire series streaming via Hulu. There was also a 1998 movie adaptation starring William Hurt, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, Lacey Chabert, Jack Johnson, Gary Oldman, and Matt LeBlanc, but the less said about that the better. And frankly, I’ve said too much already.