The Star Trek universe is heading towards the Day of the Blood. IDW Publishing House revealed the upcoming Star Trek comic book crossover – the first of its kind – via the invite to the FCBD 2023 Star Trek release, scheduled for the annual comic book celebration in 2023. The cover of the issue, created by Malachi Ward, depicts a Starfleet combadge with blood streaming over it in front of a yellow and black background, possibly the uniform of an officer of the support services (technical, security, etc.). It appears to be a bold homage to Dave Gibbons’ iconic Watchmen #1 cover, which featured a blood-splattered yellow-and-black smiley face.
The story sees the crew of IDW Publishing’s new ongoing Star Trek series, led by the returned Benjamin Sisko, collide with the rogue crew of the USS Provocativefeatured in the spin-off series Star Trek: Challenging. The title of the crossover suggests that they will not meet on friendly terms. Below you can see the cover.
Star Trek has crossed over with other properties before, including crossovers with Doctor who, Green Lanternand Planet of the Apes led by IDW’s franchise. IDW previously designed a franchise crossover, The Q Conflictwith the crews of Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nineand Star Trek: Voyager. However, this is the first time they’ve had two ongoing Star Trek series crossover, which makes sense since this is the first time they’ve had two ongoing series at the same time. It’s all part of the publisher’s new Star Trek initiative, creating a series of comics set in Star Trek continuity in the divide between Star Trek: Voyagerfinale and the movie Star Trek: Nemesis.
“This is real Star Trek,” Star Trek co-writer Jackson Lanzing told ComicBook.com during an interview. “This is as close to the comedic side as possible, to be canon. We’ll be canon until they undo us. But we work with the shows. We communicate with the teams. We’re encyclopedic Star Trek lore guys, so we’re going by means of Memory Alpha all the time, but our brains are actually small Memory Alphas. We are already fed by all the canon we grew up with, which is TOS Traveler. So all that stuff, if it was on the show, is canon.” He also added at the time, “Our goal is not to have just one book, and that’s all I can say about that.”
FCBD 2023 Star Trek #1 will be available at participating comic book stores on Free Comic Book Day, May 6. Star Trek #1, the issue that kicks off this new Star Trek comics initiative, is now on sale. Star Trek #2 goes on sale November 30. Star Trek: Rebellious starts in March.