11:09am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Star Trek: The Next Generation' to Meet 'Aliens' in Comic Book Crossover
The crew of the Starship Enterprise-D is about to discover that space might be the final frontier, but it's also somewhere that no one can hear you scream. That's right — in 2017, there will be the crossover no one saw coming: Star Trek: The Next Generation/Aliens.
The comic book series, produced in partnership by Dark Horse Comics and IDW Publishing, will be subtitled Acceptable Losses, and be written by the team of Scott and David Tipton, with art by J.K. Woodward. The trio are no strangers to cross-franchise Star Trek adventures, having previously collaborated on IDW's 2012 miniseries Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2. The news was first reported by BleedingCool.
As the Who crossover suggests, Star Trek: The Next Generation/Aliens is just the latest in a number of comic book series mixing Trek with other science fiction franchises; in recent years, IDW — which holds the Trek comic book rights — has teamed with DC Entertainment for both Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes and two separate Star Trek/Green Lantern series, as well as co-publishing Star Trek/Planet of the Apes with Boom! Studios.
The idea of such crossovers is nothing new; in 1996, Marvel published Star Trek/X-Men, a comic book crossover that was followed by two sequels: a Star Trek: The Next Generation: X-Men: Second Contact comic book and Star Trek: The Next Generation/X-Men: Planet X, a prose novel.
Star Trek: The Next Generation/Aliens will launch in April 2017.