After the success of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Mirror Broken, which introduced the alternate “Mirror” villainous version of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew to comics, and the excitement around the upcoming five-week mega-event Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through The Mirror, US publisher IDW returns to the original, or “prime,” universe in August in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita, beginning a brand-new wave of episodic miniseries.
This six-issue miniseries reveals unique, focused stories where beloved characters find themselves in new, unfamiliar situations, in a format echoing the “done-in-one” nature of the television series. However, each issue also features a subtle throughline of an evil Mirror Universe crew member established in the Mirror Broken and Through the Mirror series remaining on the ship, wreaking havoc while posing as his prime universe counterpart. Featuring the best of both the Mirror and original universes, Terra Incognita is a unique new step in this riveting saga.
Assembling a dream team of Star Trek talent, writers on the previous two Mirror Universe series Scott Tipton and David Tipton (Star Trek/Doctor Who: Assimilation Squared, Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive) will be joined by artist Tony Shasteen (Star Trek, Star Trek: Boldly Go, Star Trek: Discovery: Light of Kahless).
“We can’t thank the fans enough for the enormous response to Mirror Broken and Through the Mirror,” says editor Sarah Gaydos. “Clearly, the love of Picard and the entire Enterprise crew runs deep, and who are we to deny fans what they want?!
“This epic team-up of Scott and David Tipton plus artist Tony Shasteen is a true all-star roster of Star Trek comics talent.”
“As much as I love all iterations of Star Trek, getting to write for The Next Generation always feels like coming home. And getting to continue the work we’ve been doing with the Mirror Universe is an unexpected bonus,” said Co-writer Scott Tipton.
“We hope to bring Trek fans brand-new TNG tales that feel like episodes they somehow missed on television, along with a few shocking surprises!” agreed Co-writer David Tipton.
Through the Mirror launches in May from IDW and follows events in Mirror Broken. The Mirror Universe Next Generation crew is looking for new worlds to conquer, and they’re crossing over to the Prime Star Trek Universe to find them! In each issue of this series, we also learn just how did the Mirror Universe crew found their way to ours, and what Emperor Spock has to do with it. These backup stories every issue are illustrated by Mirror Broken co-creator J.K. Woodward.
• The first arc of The Next Generation Mirror Universe adventures, Mirror Broken, is available now as a complete trade paperback collection (ISBN: 978-1-68405-145-8)
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.