"Star Trek: The Original Series" is headed back to comics alongside "Next Generation." In order to celebrate the franchise's 50th anniversary, IDW Publishing will release "Star Trek: Waypoint," a new bi-monthly anthology series from Donny Cates, Sandra Lanz and Mack Chater with the range to explore every "Star Trek" era.
Star Trek: Waypoint #1 (of 6)
• Donny Cates, Sandra Lanz (w)
• Mack Chater, Sandra Lanz (a)
• Marc Laming (c)
A blockbuster bi-monthly anthology to celebrate 50 years of STAR TREK, featuring short stories across all Treks, by the top talent of today and yesterday!
First, a NEXT GENERATION story by Donny Cates and Mack Chater. Unable to decipher a mysterious ship's coded messages, Starfleet has enlisted its two greatest scientific minds, Captain Geordi La Forge and his best friend Data, to investigate. What they discover will alter the course of scientific human history as we know it!
Then, an ORIGINAL SERIES story by Sandra Lanz, where a crewmember, stranded on a strange planet, encounters a bizarre alien creature. They must learn how to interact, but how?
"I think at the core of the series, and the thing that echoes throughout every incarnation of the show and movies and comics and what have you, is the idea of a future full of hope," Cates explained to io9. "Beyond the shiny starships and cool aliens and all of that is this idea that, if we can only get over our flawed human nature and our petty differences, if we can stop hating and fighting each other over lines in the dirt or imagined differences between us as people.... if we can do that... we can have the stars."
"'Star Trek' is so much about being human," Lanz added. "So many of its themes boil down to really essential questions about who we are, the place we hold in the universe, and what our responsibilities are as one species amongst many. They're timeless questions, and they're as relevant now, as they were 50 years ago!"
"I think that trait makes 'Star Trek' unique," Cates agreed. "Because it's not just a fandom or cool show or a clever set of ideas... it's a representation of a goal that is very much worth fighting for. Because, hey.... if we can all be nice we get to have holodecks, you guys."
As to her approach to "Waypoint's" look, Lanz shared, "To me, one of the charms of the Original Series is the naivete that went into the quintessentially-sixties set design. The worlds they visit on the show are often times simple, idyllic, earth-like... So I tried to capture that spirit when designing the setting for my story, and afterwards, punched up the vibrant Technicolor scheme to balance out my modern, digital drawing style. It was REALLY fun."
"Star Trek: Waypoint" #1 goes on sale this September.