Harlan Ellison’s “The City on the Edge of Forever” is widely regarded as one of the best Star Trek episodes of all time. It was also a notorious source of contention between Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and Ellison, who was unhappy about changes Roddenberry wanted and who considered having his name on the episode replaced with his disapproving pseudonym, “Cordwainer Bird.” (You can read several versions of Ellison’s script, as well as his detailed recollections of the whole sordid affair, in this excellent book.) In spite of all the controversy, Ellison’s original first draft of the “City on the Edge of Forever” teleplay won him both a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Writer’s Guild of America’s Award for Most Outstanding Teleplay. Now, beginning this week, you’ll be able to experience Ellison’s original vision as a comic book miniseries from IDW Publishing.
Veteran Trek comic writers Scott Tipton and David Tipton are writing the adaptation, and J.K. Woodward (Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation) is handling the interior art. If the art style on the cover above looks familiar, that’s because it was done by Juan Ortiz, the mega-talented dude who did the awesome Star Trek retro episodic posters.
Issue one of IDW’s five-part City on the Edge of Forever miniseries is on comic shelves now. You can grab a digital copy from Comixology.