Star Trek Is Getting A Halloween Series

By Chris Snellgrove | Updated

In honor of the spooky spirit, reports that IDW will be releasing a Star Trek Halloween-themed miniseries called Star Trek: Holo-Ween this October.

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Star Trek: Holo-Ween #1 (IDW)

From the very beginning, Star Trek has been heavily influenced by horror: while the franchise is known for stories of exploration and understanding, any given season is filled with more scary scenes than you can shake your replica Bat’leth at.

Star Trek: The Next Generation mined the holodeck as a new source of fear because constant ship malfunctions would trap the crew inside dangerous simulations from which there was seemingly no escape.

As the title indicates, this particular Star Trek Halloween series focuses on the holodeck misadventures of our favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation characters. It looks like the series is going to dive right into the festive fall spirit.

The first issue revolves around Captain Picard and crew trying to unwind by celebrating Halloween, but when crew members start to disappear one by one, the crew discovers the terror they are facing may be much more than just a simulation.

Aside from the cool premise (and honestly, it doesn’t get much cooler than “Star Trek does Halloween”), we’re excited about this upcoming miniseries because it has some serious talent behind it.

Each issue will be written by Chris Sequeira, whose Justice League Adventures comics are simply much more entertaining than we ever expected. Eisner-nominated artist Joe Eisma will be handling the art from each issue, so we’re confident that this horror book will look anything but horrible.

IDW has announced the Halloween-themed miniseries Star Trek: Holo-Ween.

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Star Trek: Holo-Ween #1 featuring a variant cover (IDW)

We’re pretty hyped at the prospect of getting a special Star Trek comic just in time for Halloween, but we’d be remiss not to recommend some of IDW’s existing titles to franchise fans. Since these comics aren’t limited by things like salary negotiations with actors or de-aging special effects, fans get treated to the kinds of crazy Star Trek stories we’d never get to see onscreen.

This includes Star Trek: Defiant, a comic in which Worf commands the titular ship along with a wild crew (including Spock, Lore, Ro Laren, and B’Elanna Torres) on a mission to stop the messiah behind a genocide cult that may threaten the entire galaxy.

Each issue will be written by Chris Sequeira, whose Justice League Adventures comics are simply much more entertaining than we ever expected.

While IDW’s Star Trek line has plenty of current comics to dive into, some of their future plans sound just as exciting as the Halloween miniseries. For example, Star Trek: Picard’s Academy will focus on Jean-Luc Picard’s days at Starfleet Academy, and we’re interested to see what kind of student he really was.

Never forget: despite the reputations of their adult selves, it was Kirk that was described as a stack of textbooks with legs at the Academy, and it was Picard that nearly got stabbed to death in a drunken bar brawl during his own misspent youth.

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Ultimately, we’re pretty hyped for the fall because Star Trek and Halloween go together like peanut butter and chocolate. We’re normally watching spookier episodes from the franchise during October anyway, so it’s good to know we can change things up by curling near the fire with a spooky Trek comic. But nobody gets to laugh at us too hard if we end up getting scared and blurting out “computer: end program” several times throughout the night.