New 'Star Trek' Comic Revisits the Property's Half-Century History

'Star Trek: Waypoint' will feature stories from 'The Next Generation,' and beyond.
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'Star Trek: Waypoint' will feature stories from 'The Next Generation,' and beyond.

Space might be the final frontier, but in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, IDW Publishing is going back in time, with a new six-issue anthology comic book series focusing on the many generations of Gene Roddenberry's sci-fi franchise.

Star Trek: Waypoint will run as a bi-monthly series across a year, with each issue featuring stories set at various points of the property's history, with the first issue featuring stories set during the Star Trek: The Next Generation and original Star Trek eras. (Yes, the original Trek, with likenesses of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy instead of the movie's reboot replacements Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto; IDW's regular Star Trek comic has established that the original timeline still exists in its own universe, alongside the new movie universe.)

Waypoint will run alongside the ongoing Star Trek monthly series, and follows in the footsteps of the recently completed Star Trek: Starfleet Academy miniseries, which focused on the training of the crew of the Enterprise briefly glimpsed in 2009's Star Trek movie. The new series also marks an unofficial celebration of the 10th anniversary of IDW getting the license to produce Star Trek comics, which was first announced in Nov. 2006.

Star Trek: Waypoint launches in September. The official 50th anniversary of the franchise is Sept. 8, the date that the first episode of the original series to air — "The Man Trap" — was broadcast on NBC back in 1966.