Hollywood Reporter  by Graeme McMillan

2019 will bring an unexpected Star Trekmilestone when the crews of the first four Trek incarnations — the original series, The Next GenerationDeep Space Nine and Voyager — are forced to compete against each other in the upcoming comic book series, Star Trek: The Q Conflict.

As the title suggests, the six-issue series is all the fault of the omnipotent entity that appeared throughout multiple 1980s incarnations of the television franchise. But don’t think that the series will only be about the various Starfleet crews in conflict; writer Scott Tipton — who’ll co-write the series with brother David, with art coming from David Messina — teased in a statement:

“All of Starfleet’s most legendary officers join together for the first time against some of the greatest threats they’ve ever faced. It’s like nothing you’ve seen before!”

The series was one of two big announcements from publisher IDW Publishing Friday, both coming in advance of the publisher’s Saturday afternoon panel, “IDW Publishing: The Big Scoop.” The second announcement marks the publisher’s 2019 20th anniversary, with an all-new weekly publishing program called 20/20, which takes some of the pop culture properties IDW publishes and imagines them taking place 20 years in the past, or future, of their respective timelines.

Titles announced for the program are Ghostbusters: IDW 20/20, featuring the Ghostbusters of the future; Jem and the Holograms: IDW 20/20, in which the band gets back together for a reunion two decades from now; My Little Pony: IDW 20/20, set 20 years in the past of the mythology; Star Trek: IDW 20/20, set 20 years before Star Trek: The Next Generation; and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: IDW 20/20, in which the Turtles of tomorrow have to save the world one more time.

Both 20/20 and Star Trek: The Q Conflict will launch in January 2019.


‘Star Trek: The Q Conflict’ Crossover Announced

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“This is it – the biggest Star Trek series ever, spanning starships, centuries, and galaxies!” Scott Tipton said in a statement. “All of Starfleet’s most legendary officers join together for the first time against some of the greatest threats they’ve ever faced. It’s like nothing you’ve seen before!”

David Tipton added, “But it wouldn’t be Star Trek if it wasn’t also about character, and with so many Starfleet legends crossing paths for the first time ever, The Q Conflict will give readers the opportunity to see all their favorite characters in a brand-new light.”

“Being at work on Star Trek: The Q Conflict is like coming home after a five-year mission away,” says David Messina. “To draw characters like Spock and Picard at a time that’s so exciting for the Star Trek franchise? It’s awesome.”

The crew of Star Trek: Enterprise was apparently not invited to the crossover party. Star Trek: Discovery is also excluded, though that probably has to do with Discovery being a still ongoing television series.

January is shaping up to be a big month for Star Trek comics. IDW previously announced Star Trek: IDW 20/20, a new one-shot that will tell a story of Captain Jean-Luc Picard 20 years before Star Trek: The Next Generation, when he was still in command of the USS Stargazer.

Star Trek: The Q Conflict #1 goes on sale in January 2019. The series will feature multiple covers: connecting regular covers by David Messina, and retailer incentive variants by George Caltsoudas and J.K. Woodward.


Boldly go where (and when) no man has gone before with IDW’s “Star Trek: The Q Conflict”

For decades now, the question has been presented and the debate has raged on: “Kirk or Picard?  Who is the better captain of the Enterprise?”  There are fierce supporters on either side of the debate, and it’s so well known that “Weird Al” Yankovic mentioned it in his timeless classic “White & Nerdy.”

“Weird Al” is always worth a listen.  I know what I’m about.

While the Kirk/Picard debate may never come to an end, IDW have decided to take a different route with the characters: they’re teaming them up.

With Janeway and Sisko, too.

Yes, the four most popular captains in Star Trek canon will all be featured in the upcoming Star Trek: The Q Conflict, a six-issue miniseries that stretches across time and space to tell one epic story.  Frankly, I prefer this to arguing over who’s better.

Because Picard is clearly the superior captain. No contest.

Per IDW:

Captain Kirk Crosses Paths With Fellow Captains Picard, Janeway, and Sisko in Star Trek: The Q Conflict

The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and VoyagerCollide for the First Time in Six-Issue Comic Book Crossover

SAN DIEGO, CA (October 5, 2018) – For the first time ever, the beloved crews of four Star TrekTMincarnations – The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager – will be pitted against one another in IDW’s mind-blowing comic book miniseries, Star Trek: The Q Conflict. Debuting in January, this epic six-part event features the writing team of Scott andDavid Tipton (Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Broken) and art by David Messina (Cloak and Dagger, Star Trek: Countdown).

When a dispute between godlike beings threatens the galaxy, it will take all of Starfleet’s best captains to stop them. James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Kathryn Janeway, and Benjamin Sisko must go head-to-head in a competition rigged by the arrogant Q and his nigh-omnipotent cohorts.

“This is it – the biggest Star Trek series ever, spanning starships, centuries, and galaxies!” says Scott Tipton. “All of Starfleet’s most legendary officers join together for the first time against some of the greatest threats they’ve ever faced. It’s like nothing you’ve seen before!”

David Tipton adds, “But it wouldn’t be Star Trek if it wasn’t also about character, and with so many Starfleet legends crossing paths for the first time ever, The Q Conflict will give readers the opportunity to see all their favorite characters in a brand-new light.”

“Being at work on Star Trek: The Q Conflict is like coming home after a five-year mission away,” says David Messina. “To draw characters like Spock and Picard at a time that’s so exciting for the Star Trekfranchise? It’s awesome.”

Star Trek: The Q Conflict #1, under license by CBS Consumer Products, will be available with multiple covers: connecting regular covers by David Messina, and retailer incentive variants by George Caltsoudas and J.K. Woodward.

For information on how to secure copies of the Star Trek: The Q Conflict miniseries, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

Star Trek: The Q Conflict #1 will hit comic shops and digital retailers January 2019.

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