This fall, writer Mike Johnson and artist Tony Shasteen's ongoing "Star Trek" series will conclude with issue #60 -- but that won't be the end of their stories about the crew of the starship Enterprise. Instead, the writer-artist team will relaunch with a new IDW Publishing series titled "Star Trek: Boldly Go," which takes place after the events of "Star Trek Beyond," the latest film in the franchise.
According to the official series description,
Star Trek's 50th Anniversary Celebration continues with this all-new series following the adventures of Captain Kirk and the iconic crew! New worlds! New species! New ships! And a new danger unlike anything the Federation has encountered before! Boldly go into a new era of Star Trek!
"'Boldly Go' is gonna be more of a serialized story, less of the bottled episodes and more of an ongoing story, for lack of a better word," Johnson told IGN. "We're getting away from the sort of paradigm of you roll up to a planet, something weird happens, [you] get in trouble, you've got to the solve the problem. This is more throwing all of the characters into new situations. They're not all going to be together. We're going to follow multiple threads of the characters as they each encounter new situations."
"[It's] more the change in the status quo is because of what happens in 'Beyond' to our beloved Starship Enterprise," he explained. "So their five-year mission was rudely interrupted by the events of the movie, and as we open 'Boldly Go,' we're dealing with the fallout from that. It's safe to say you're not going to see the Enterprise right away."
"We're going to be introducing some new characters -- both Starfleet and otherwise -- that Tony had the chance to design. We've never met these folks before. And Tony has, as usual, done a brilliant job at not only bringing to life the characters as we know them, but adding new things and building out this timeline, which is really what the goal of the comics has always been," he added.
"I will say that the villain that we're bringing in for 'Boldly Go' is definitely one that I've wanted to work with since I started," he teased. "We finally get the chance to do it, and I think fans are going to be really excited when they see who it is. And it's not Khan. It's not unfrozen Cumberbatch!"
"Star Trek: Boldly Go" #1 goes on sale in October.