IDW Publishing is going to be giving Trekkers who love The Original Series a new comic that we’ll be dying to read in ‘Star Trek: Year Five.’ While the show gave the first three years of the original voyages of the USS Enterprise, many assumed that the animated series which ran from 1973-1974 gave us the final two. That isn’t going to be the case here as we’ll explore new life and new civilizations with Captain Kirk who is taking his crew into the last year of their voyage. This will be the year that the Enterprise journies home. The comic won’t just focus on their adventures but also how each member of the crew feels about what their lives will be like when returning to Earth.
There is a massive creative team behind the book as well which consists of a full writer’s room including Brandon Easton, Jody Houser, Jim McCann, and the writing team Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing. Kelly and Lanzing will be penning the first part of this series which is set to be illustrated by Stephen Thompson.
According to Lanzing, we can expect “a vital, hard-hitting, character-focused look at Captain Kirk on his last year in command” and that we’ll see that his actions “will have huge ripple effects, from the outbreak of war in the Alpha Quadrant to an unprecedented strain of trust with Spock. We’ll turn a mirror on modern society, just as [the original television series] did in the 1960s, and go boldly towards meaningful, heartfelt stories.”
It would be interesting if any of the changes to Spock‘s history from ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ get mentioned here. As to the story itself, Kelly expanded on this by saying that “With Year Five, we don’t just want to thrill — we want to channel the power of [franchise creator Gene] Roddenberry’s original vision, to tell a story about the future that illuminates our present.”
The new series has been plotted out with “a beginning, a game-changing middle, and a definite end.” To be honest, this is the first piece of fiction set in this era of the timeline that I’ve been interested in for quite some time.
Are you planning on reading ‘Star Trek: Year Five’? Do you think that we’ll see any major events from the show or movies referenced? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘Star Trek: Year Five’ will be beaming into your local comic shops in April of 2019!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter