As a child, I was always very angry at our local newspaper. I had heard through the grapevine (nerd pals in other cities or cousins who moved away) that newspaper comic strips existed out in the wide world starring some of my favorite characters from movies, television and comic books. However, none of the local newspapers I could get my hands on ever ran any of them, so I was left out of the continuing newspaper adventures of the Justice League, Spider-Man, Luke Skywalker and Captain James T. Kirk. Family members in other cities were always offering to cut them out and save them for me, but other than a few odd strips, I never saw the goods.
So thank you IDW Publishing, for finally delivering the goods! October brings us Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Vol. 1, collecting the first ten complete story arcs syndicated by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. The strips will be reprinted in an 8.5″ x 11″ hardback priced at $49.99, and have been completely restored by the Library of American Comics. The majority of this collection will feature strips written and drawn by Thomas Warkentin and are regarded as some of the better material to warp out of the newspaper strip. Taking place after Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the stories were printed in black and white Monday through Saturday, with the Sunday strip in full color. They ran from 1979 to 1983 and even attempted to lead into Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan by promoting James T. Kirk to Admiral and giving command of the U.S.S. Enterprise to Captain Spock. Later strips would feature work by Gerry Conway and Larry Niven.
IDW is beaming three additional Star Trek titles into comic book stores in October. Star Trek #14 continues bridging the gap between the recent J.J. Abrams Star Trek film and the upcoming sequel. This issue, written by Mike Johnson, with art by Stephen Molnar and a variant cover by Tim Bradstreet, will tell the tale of the first meeting between Montgomery Scott and his little alien pal Keenser. The fantastic photo-montage covers continue this month, with other variant covers available. Star Trek #14 is 32 pages, and is priced at $3.99.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hive #2, written by Terry Matalas, Travis Fickett and Brannon Braga (former writer and co-producer of ST:TNG) continues a brand new four-part adventure showcasing a team-up between Captain Picard’s crew and the Borg to fight against a mutual foe. Variant covers will be available by series artist Joe Corroney, along with a “Famous Borgs in History” cover by David Messina. For 32 pages of Borg Team-Up action, Star Trek: The Next Generation will only set you back $3.99.
Star Trek: TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #6 brings another chapter in the incredible meeting between the crews of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D and the TARDIS. Even with a Time Lord on hand, time is somehow running out and the combined might and metal parts of the Cybermen and the Borg threaten to either “ASSIMILATE” or “DELETE” (or, “ASSIMILETE”?) our galactic heroes! Written by Scott and David Tipton along with Tony Lee, and art duties by J.K. Woodward, this book is hardly contained within 32 pages. With the low cover price of $3.99, you can pick up more variant covers than you can shake a sonic screwdriver at!
To recap, for a grand total of $61.96 you can pick up ten classic Star Trek stories that have been unavailable for over thirty years, a Star Trek: The Next Generation story written by one of the series writers, an untold tale set in the Abrams-Verse, Cybermen, two team-ups featuring the Borg AND Doctor Freakin’ Who!
All in all, my inner child is very happy.