This weekend New York City hosted Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary Convention and provided some big news. There was a great deal of buzz about Paramount’s new Star Trek: Discovery series. Originally announced in July, the series is to be set ten years prior to the events of The Original Series. Now it appears that the comics world is joining in.
Writer Kristen Beyer announced that Paramount is taking a synergetic approach to tie-in media. Beyer told press that there will be at least one novel to start with, as well as a comic series tied to the show. IDW Publishing, which holds the license for Star Trek comic books, will be releasing the series.
No official announcement has been made yet as to who the creative team will be for the forthcoming series, but Breyer did say that she will be working with writer Mike Johnson. Johnson is a veteran of Star-Trek related comics, having written the adaptation of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, as well as the well-regarded Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover series which was co-published by IDW and DC Comics. Johnson is also currently writing the ongoing Star Trek series for IDW, so he is the natural choice to pen the new Discovery series.
The comics and novel are set to be released along with the debut of the show, which will air the pilot on broadcast television before moving exclusively to CBS’ streaming platform.
Star Trek: Discovery is set to air in January 2017, so we can expect solicits for the first run of comics some time within the next month or so, as retailers will need to place orders likely before the series has aired. Whether that will hamper early sales or help them will be an interesting trend to follow. The current Star Trek ongoing series isn’t what anyone would call a best-seller. The title typically hovers just outside of Diamond’s Top 200 with sales around 9,000 per month. The most recent issue came in at #203 on the monthly charts, but its numbers are relatively solid for a licensed title.
If the new series garners enough interest, it may help to drive viewership of the show itself, which has received widespread criticism for the online-only format.