Since its inception, my Star Trek Comics Weekly column for HeroCollector has focused on how comics offer prequels, sequels, and tie-ins to onscreen Star Trek. Now let’s add a new type of connection to the discussion: reimagined episodes. In 2011, IDW launched its first ongoing Trek monthly, starring the alternate crew of the Kelvin timeline. The comic presented original adventures involving strange new worlds and new civilizations, along with altered retellings of classic tales.
The series was simply titled Star Trek, though it was solicited as Star Trek: Ongoing and later renamed Star Trek: 5-Year Mission. Nearly all 60 issues were written by Mike Johnson, who has penned most comics set in the J.J. Abrams universe. The concept: following the encounter with Nero, the Enterprise embarks on new post-film missions under James T. Kirk’s command. This week, I take a look back at the first six issues, which reimagined the episodes “Where No Man Has Gone Before, “The Galileo Seven,” and “Operation—Annihilate!” for the 2009 cast. Read the full article!