Photo comics (sometimes called fumetti) have been published in English since at least the 1920s. The art form reached its peak in the United States in the 1960s and ’70s, and in the United Kingdom in the 1980s, and similar comics have been popular in Latin America, Italy, and other areas as well. During the first 45 years of Star Trek licensing, the only photo comics produced were the Fotonovel line from Mandala Productions, Bantam Books, and Pocket Books, as well as the episode and film adaptations in Germany’s Gong Magazine.
That changed in 2013, when IDW launched the first issue of what would come to be known as Star Trek: New Visions, featuring scripts, photo manipulations, and cover art by John Byrne. New Visions ran for 22 regular issues, plus five additional tales comprising an annual, two one-shots, and a pair of mini-comics exclusive to IDW’s trade paperback collections. Several issues contained more than a single tale, so the 27 publications spanned 40 stories in total. In this week’s column for HeroCollector, I examine issues #1–5, as well as the annual and the first trade-exclusive mini. Read the full article!