If the biggest surprise coming out of Comic-Con International on Friday was that, before last night, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez had never won an Eisner Award -- seriously, how can that be? -- a close second was undoubtedly the Star Trek/Planet of the Apes crossover from IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios.
Yes, the two sci-fi franchises will finally meet in an alternate-future event that brings the original crew of the Enterprise together with Taylor, Nova and other characters from 1968's Planet of the Apes as the Klingons secretly support a renegade gorilla general in a coup to seize control of Ape City. Writers Scott and David Tipton will be joined by artist Rachael Stott for the crossover, which marks the first time BOOM! has partnered with another publisher.
Other announcements of note:
• After being introduced into the Marvel Universe at the end of the Age of Ultron miniseries and discovering her past in Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm, Neil Gaiman's angelic warrior Angela will star in her own ongoing, Angela: Asgard's Assassin, by Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett and artists Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans.
• Star Trek/Planet of the Apes was only the start for IDW Publishing, which will also revealed plans for an Angry Birds/Transformers crossover, written by John Barber and illustrated by Livio Ramondelli and Marcelo Ferriera.
• During its "Across the Spider-Verse" panel, Marvel announced the Spider-Verse Team-Up miniseries, with each issue featuring one story by Christos Gage and Dave Williams, and a second by "a murderer's row" of writers and artists. Also on the schedule: Scarlet Spiders, by Mike Costa and Paco Diaz, starring Ben Reilly, Kane and Ultimate Jessica Drew in a team-up of the Spider-clones.
• Titan Comics will debut a slate of creator-owned titles in early 2015: the alien-planet adventure Thunder Hunter by Mark A. Nelson; teenage horror Gravestown by Roger Gibson and Vince Danks; environmental horror Surface Tension by Jay Gunn; police thriller Man Plus by André Lima Araújo; the turn-of-the-century adventure Adler: Woman of Mystery by Lavie Tidhar and Paul McCaffrey, featuring Sherlock Holmes femme fatale Irene Adler; and spy actioner Scarlett Couture by Des Taylor.• IDW Publishing is expanding its stable of licensed comics with Galaxy Quest, a new series by Erik Burnham and artist Nacno Arranz, and Garbage Pail Kids, by Peter Bagge.• Aspen Comics announced Lola: Wasteland Madam, by Siya Oum and Vince Hernadez; a second volume of Jirni from writer T.J. Krul; and Soulfire and Fathom sourcebooks by Hannibal Tabu.