This week’s column examines the first six chapters of IDW’s Star Trek: Alien Spotlight, each of which offered prequels, sequels, and tie-ins to specific films and episodes. Scott and David Tipton penned the inaugural issue, The Gorn, which focuses on the reptilian warriors from “Arena.” The comic features interior art by David Messina and Sara Pichelli, with covers by Messina and Zach Howard. The Vulcans, from writer James Patrick and illustrator Josep Maria Beroy, sports covers by Beroy and Zach Howard and is set before the events of Star Trek‘s first pilot, “The Cage.” And Paul D. Storrie’s The Andorians, illustrated by Leonard O’Grady, with covers by O’Grady and Zach Howard, occurs between Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s “All Good Things…” and Star Trek: Generations.
Orions returns to Pike’s crew, courtesy of the Tipton brothers and artists Elena Casagrande and Zach Howard. The Borg Collective takes centerstage in Borg, written by Andrew Steven Harris, though the issue was originally assigned to Steve Niles. Illustrated by Sean Murphy, with covers from Murphy and Zach Howard, this one-shot is primarily set between Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis, with flashback scenes occurring during The Next Generation‘s freshman season. Finally, writer-artist John Byrne made his franchise debut in Star Trek: Romulans. Read the full article here!