Next up in our series of “Things to Do During the Star Trek Hiatus,” is something that I personally love very much: comic books! As I mentioned during our She-Hulk coverage, I’ve been reading comics since I could read. However, would you believe that this is the first time I’ve picked up a Star Trek comic book? Just for you, and, well, for my own enjoyment too, I’ve taken the liberty of checking out some of the current Star Trek comic series. There’s something at your local comic shop for every Star Trek fan these days. Here’s a quick rundown of a few of the books I checked out.
Lower Decks, Now with 100% More Dracula!
If you’re in need of some laughs during the Star Trek hiatus, then you’ll want to check out the Star Trek: Lower Decks comics. This 3 issue miniseries has everything you could want from Lower Decks. Hijinks, quippy dialogue, and Dracula! Yes, you read that right, Dracula! It’s one that must be read to be believed! This 3-part series is written by Ryan North and drawn by Chris Fengolio. It just finished, so head down to your local comic shop to grab yours today.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds – The Illyrian Enigma
We’ve got another miniseries on our hands with this Strange New Worlds book. In this 4-part series that just started in December, we get a story that’s set between seasons one and two of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. The larger story at hand? How are we getting our Number One, Una Chin-Riley out of the brig at Starfleet Command? You’ll have to read and find out! This series is written by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson. Kirsten has been writing for Star Trek shows, novels, and comics since 2008, taking the helm for the Star Trek: Voyager tie-in novels from Christie Golden and writing for Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Short Treks, and Star Trek: Picard. Mike Johnson has the distinction of writing more Star Trek comics than any other author, writing for many different eras of Trek. The fantastic art is by Megan Levans. Two issues of this book are out now with two more to come. Make sure you add this title to your pull list at your favorite local comic shop.
If you just can’t wait for more Star Trek: Picard, then get your fix by checking out this 3-part miniseries from IDW called Picard: Stargazer. It’s set between the events of Picard seasons 2 and 3. Picard and Seven go on an unsanctioned mission to help correct a mistake by Picard in his younger days. Also written by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson, Picard: Stargazer is an interesting tale you won’t want to miss. Also, there’s something at the end of the last issue that definitely had me yelling. You’ll have to read to find out what happened there. The art for this series is by Angel Hernandez and the colors are by J. D. Mettler. All 3 books in the Stargazer series are out, so hit up your local comic shop today before they get gone!
The current title simply called, Star Trek, has a little bit of everything for 80s/90s Trek fans. Let me break it down for you. We’ve got the return of Captain Sisko! From Star Trek: The Next Generation, we’ve got Data, Dr. Crusher, AND Worf! Finally, for Voyager fans like me, we’ve got Tom Paris back at the helm. We’ve also got some new characters in our crew that I’m sure you’ll find interesting. This is an ongoing series with only three issues out so far. It’ll be easy for you to catch up. Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly write this series with art by Ramon Rosanas. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series so far and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.
But Wait, There’s More!
Until I started digging into these companion series of comics, I had no idea of the sheer wealth of Trek stories to be had. IDW has the license for Star Trek comics right now and they’re not resting on their laurels. There’s something for everyone, from The Original Series to Voyager to the current Trek era. Hit up your local comic shop to add these comics to your collection. Don’t have a local comic shop? No problem. Check out ComicShopLocator.com to find one in your area. They literally have listings for shops all over the planet, so if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve got a comic shop nearby.
Do you have a favorite Trek comic? Be it current or classic, I want to hear about it. Leave me a comment and let’s talk Trek.
Stay tuned here to Fangirlish for more Star Trek things to occupy your time during the hiatus. I’ve got more recommendations for you coming up soon, so set your hailing frequencies to Fangirlish for all your Star Trek needs while we wait for Star Trek: Picard.
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