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A Look At Star Trek Comics With IDW Editor Sarah Gaydos
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A Look At Star Trek Comics With IDW Editor Sarah Gaydos

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Fans are hungry for the adventures of the brave officers of Starfleet. We know how much you love the adventures of the USS Sally Ride, but the appetite for novels, comics and other adaptations outside the official shows and films has been around since the days of The Original Series. Star Trek comics have traveled across several companies since beginning with Gold Key comics in 1967. Companies like Gold Key, Marvel, DC, Wildstorm and even Tokyopop put their stamps on the Star Trek universe. The official license docked with IDW comics in 2007.

“I am a straight up TNG baby, for sure,” said Sarah Gaydos, IDW’s Star Trek editor. “I started watching on TV with my dad, and later we would listen to the books on (actual) tape together. I was immediately sucked in to SO many aspects of the show, from a vision of the future based on science, equality, and exploration with lots of drama thrown in. From the leadership of Picard, to, yes, Wesley Crusher, I was hooked. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and opened up the door to sci-fi in general for me.”

Most of IDW’s releases are Star Trek mini-series.  These series often look at canon events from other perspectives, such as Star Trek: Klingons: Blood Will Tell, which showed classic episodes from the Klingon side, using a framing story that connected back to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The company also published Star Trek: Year Four, which followed up on the first three years of the original crew’s mission featuring scripts from series writer D.C. Fontana. Assignment:Earth, which was originally meant as a pilot spin-off, got a short series to explore the continuing adventures of Gary Seven.

Fans of Star Trek: Discovery might want to look into the recent Mirror Broken series for an extended dip into the Mirror Universe during the Next Generation era. Many of the shows got their chance to show off their evil versions of their characters, but you’ll only find sleeveless Jean-Luc Picard in these books.

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The company has done a a pair ongoing series set in the “Kelvin” timeline since that film’s release in 2009, including one that tracks the reboot crew through other assignments in Star Trek: Boldly Go. Anyone interested as to how the rest of the students took to Kirk’s brash entrance into school can do so with Starfleet Academy, a guilty pleasure that adds some teen supers style drama to the Star Trek universe.

Fans are full of their own guilty Star Trek pleasures, and Sarah is no different. “I absolutely love Star Trek memes and gifs,” she said. “I pepper all my emails to my comic teams with them, probably to excess…Other than that, I absolutely love the Star Trek Cats books by Jenny Parks!”

Fans looking to dig deeply into Star Trek’s comic book past, present and future can subscribe to Eaglemoss’s hardcover collection service. The project covers not just IDW’s works, but the comics series from decades ago like Gold Key, Marvel and DC. There are exclusive collectibles for fans who describe. Reading through Star Trek’s comic history is great for fans who want to see what could have been as well as Star Trek Adventures GMs looking for inspiration outside of the original shows.

What is your favorite comic book? Tell us in the comments! And be sure to tune into our Star Trek RPG show, Shield of Tomorrow on Geek & Sundry Twitch and Alpha every Friday starting at 4 PM PT. 

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Rob Wieland is an author, game designer and professional nerd. He writes about kaiju, Jedi, gangsters, elves and is a writer for the Star Trek Adventures RPG line. His blog is here, where he is currently reviewing classic Star Wars RPG adventures. His Twitter is here. His meat body can be found in scenic Milwaukee, WI.

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